Fast roll of time, Youtube channel, Christmas party

We are finally going to wrap up another year! 2010 beckons, no doubt, but with each passing day the work’s momentum is picking up. Back to back meetings and interviews today for the upcoming TV channel but the more exciting part is that it is time to present our visitors and guests with some festive creations like Sicilian Arracini Stuffed with Malai Kabab, Roasted Pumpkin and Mushroom Soup, Saagwala Murgh, Ricotta and Asparagus Ravioli, Pindi Chole, Olive and Jalapeno Pilaf. Rounding it off with Port Poached Baby Gulab Jamuns with Basil and Cream.

Also simultaneously the studio is under the hot lights for the camera of our guest from Singapore who is desirous of learning some traditional Indian recipes. Chef Harpal is demonstrating Prawn Malai Curry, Kesar and Pista Phirni besides others. You can catch these on Youtube in some time.

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As the long weekend is a blessing for leisurely Christmas parties I am sure you have a packed three days ahead!

More later.

Sanjeev Kapoor

Pune trip, a lot from the wok

Spent most of Sunday’s evening at the College of Engineering here. Was there as speaker at the Gurukul segment at Edugain 2009, an event organized by Saakal, especially for the benefit of those wanting to carve out careers in different fields. My invite came from the sponsors Suryadatta Group of Institutes. I reiterated the importance of the dream and going for it, and not waiting for perfection. You should know what perfection is but don’t think too much whenever you want to start something new. Some people think too much and do not get started at all. I also conveyed that no one should be miserly in having a vision. As far as starting a career is concerned, start with whatever industry you have good contacts in and later on, look out for wider horizons.

Later on drove down to the campus of Suryadatta College of Hospitality Management to inaugurate their Food Festival and had a brief session with the visiting managers of leading hotels in and around Pune, the principals and directors of hotel management institutes in and around Pune, and the students of Suryadatta College of Hospitality Management. Finished quite late in the evening.

Having a short period of rest and soon will be travelling back to amchi Mumbai because I want to be in time to honour good friend Harsha Bhatkal’s invite to a reading of Shobha De’s new book S’s Secret at Andheri’s Infinity Mall.

Many of you want to serve up new dishes for Christmas and New Years. How about some healthy stir fries! Try Five Spice Stir Fry, or use the plump winter baingans in Aubergine Stir Fry or appease the kids with Stir Fried Noodles (with sprouts and vegetables!).

Till I write again.

Sanjeev Kapoor.

Learn from mistakes, New Shopping site, Plan for New Year Eve party

Finished Day 1 of Khana Khazana shoot. Got a chance to bake to my heart’s content. In fact, baking is one technique that evokes some fear in the novice cook for they have probably heard about baking disasters! I am sure many bakers will identify with overflowing cake in the tin, or burnt cookie bottoms, or bread dough that refuses to rise, or better still forgetting to add baking powder to that special cake! My endeavour is to use my show in conveying to you that baking is a pleasure, it’s easy and simple and success rate is high. And then who learns from mistakes can actually become an expert because experience is the best teacher!

I have done some goof ups too. In live shows. While talking, placed an empty glass carafe on the gas flame and then went to pour water in it. The carafe separated into two. A little shocked. Then covered up with an apology and a smile and continued the talk. A glass carafe will go on the glass flame but will need some liquid in it to be heated. Actually, it would be fun to know how you have dealt with some mini disasters in your kitchen…all your laugh-a-aloud episodes.

I have a dedicated shopping site for books, food products and kitchen ware: New Year’s Eve is a breath away and you would be wondering about party foods and what to make! How about a few leaves from my Party Book? Smoked Chicken and Fruit Salad,
Savoury Crispies with Creamy Onion Dip and an easy to do Tiramisu!

Sanjeev Kapoor.