Cooking Class in Pyongyang, North Korea

It’s been a little over two months since we came back from North Korea – the most mysterious country Paro and I have ever set foot in. If you’ve been following my ramblings on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll know that I try to do a cooking class in every country I travel to. For me…

My brief association with a microwave oven

This here, is another story from the time I worked at a resort up in the mountains in Kerala. Munnar was beautiful but cold and very very VERY damp. One month into our new jobs, we had a house to live in, but apart from a couple of beds and the odd side table, there…

What to eat in Singapore

Here’s what to eat if you’re visiting Singapore. I’ve eaten at all these places, and they’ve all been pretty damn great. STREET FOOD / LOCAL FOOD Where: Maxwell Food Center What to eat: Tian Tian Chicken Rice – this is the place Anthony Bourdain made famous. The queues are ridiculous, but the food is really…

Recipe: Coorgi Pork Curry

Found a frighteningly good recipe for Coorgi pork, and cooked the hell out of it this week. Mad props to Shireen Sequeira for posting this gem. The first time I tasted Coorgi Pandi / Pork Curry was when Paro and I had taken a quick weekend trip to Coorg in South India. We’d stayed at…

Recipe: Hyderabadi Baghara Baingan

Baghara Baingan is a Hyderabadi classic. My mum has been cooking it for years, but I somehow never got around to making it myself. Gave it a shot a few days ago, and was pretty happy with the results. Paro said it was the best Baghara Baingan she’d ever eaten in her life. My head swelled…

Recipe: Kurkure Karele / Bitter Gourd Fry

The first sign of actually growing up, is when you stop making a fuss to eat your damn veggies. I eat everything under the sun, but as a chef – I’d say vegetables are more versatile to cook with than meat and should always be a part of a meal. I’ve always loved Bitter Gourd (Karela…

Recipe: Kalakand

Yesterday was Diwali. We had some friends over for drinks, more drinks and dinner and generally had a great time. Diwali is a massive deal back in India, and everyone's kitchen usually produces something sweet. Now if you've been following this blog, you will see that I lean heavily towards non-vegetarian fare. There's the occasional vegetarian…

Recipe: Bacon and Cream Cheese Dip

We threw a little BBQ party the other day but it was on a Friday. Right after work. This meant I couldn’t do much cooking and we had to resort to mostly store bought stuff. It’s not my style, but it was still a lot of fun. Paro poured so much booze into the Long Islands,…