Innovation with an International touch!

The winners – Chef Anupa Das & Chef Aesha Majithia
Beginning this new week with fun, excitement and lots of cooking what with the Innovation Station (Season 3) Competition in the office! The theme was “International Cuisine” this time where three chef teams compiled some interesting dishes. We had very busy kitchens, with steaming pots and pan, a real battle of the biggies, and one could feel the palpable heat of competition and creation!
As expected, they came out with super amazing recipes on their platters where each one of them cooked a three course menu, consisting of a starter, maincourse and dessert.
This is what happened.
Team 1 – Anupa Das with Aesha Majithia – presented Basil & Watermelon Shooter, Deconstructed Chicken Sandwich,Fishato with Plum & Pista Vinaigrette Greens and Aqua Bomb.
Team 2 – Saurabh Mishra with Sheetal Kadam – presented Assorted Sushi, Steamed Basa Vegetables with Orange & Black Bean Sauce, accompanied with Coconut Steamed Bread and Jasmine Tea Mousse with Fresh Passion Fruit.
Team 3 – Anirudh Shrivastava with Dilpreet Singh Kohli – presented Roasted Candied Garlic Soup with Yam & PrawnRoulade & Mango Pico Di-gallo, Mushroom & Yogurt-Pomegranate Oblong Bruschettas, Stuffed Lamb with Cous Cous, Red Rice, Orange Gremollata, Guacamole, Jus Reduction & Rolled Mascarpone Ricotta Cheese and ended withIsodelphia.
I am sure you will be keen to read the recipes so will be uploading them in a couple of days.
Winners are Team 1 – Anupa Das with Aesha Majithia. Congratulations to the duo!
More excitement!! Coming Sunday, January 29th, Times of India, under their TOIKIDS campaign, are organising a cooking workshop at Novotel Hotel, Juhu, Mumbai. I will be there making healthy recipes for children that will look and taste like junk food. For entry, SMS TOIKIDSNAME to 58888. Rush, it is going to get crowded there!
This week, try some snacks that are excellent when kids come home hungry after playtime.

  

Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor

Hindi website launched

The Hindi version of www.sanjeevkapoor.com was officially launched at Sura Vie lounge bar in Delhi last evening at a press conference. Yes, it has been on display for a few weeks now but we did have a small official announcement to declare it as visible. I had always felt that the potential for the local language is untapped in the digital content space. With www.sanjeevkapoor.com now in Hindi, we intend to bridge the divide between our Hindi and English audience. Users from every part of the world have been demanding recipes in Hindi. This is an opportunity for Hindi speaking people to post their recipes as well as get information on varied cuisines. I believe the market is slowly and gradually responding to the emerging demand, and we are about to witness an explosion in local language content soon.
Sura Vie was also a centre of attention this week as the famed band Indian Ocean had their live performance there yesterday, i.e., January 19, 2012. to add to this, personally, I love their songs as well.
Every year we have a small tradition that we follow. A little gesture, but it is these small things that matter, isn’t it? Since past twelve years my team has been having a baking day at a nursery school in Juhu. And they did have a baking session there today. Tiny tots, they are such a delight, love the fact that they get to mix batters, make a mess, lick the bowls, then watch them bake and be served with fresh fragrant cakes in school! The teachers do enjoy this special treat and love to judge which of the small kids has an inclination toward food and cooking! Start them young, eh? Giving some pics to reveal what fun this activity is.
Monday will also see the next of the Innovation competition within my team of chefs. Topic is International cuisine. And a high difficulty quotient is expected for sure! Will post the recipes after wards.
As it is nice and cool still I think a few thick soups and stews will come in good stead. Enjoy your weekend!
Till I write again.
Sanjeev Kapoor.

Maintain health with breakfast

Breakfast recipes are always welcome, aren’t they? So here we are again, talking about the most important meal of the day, breakfast! Those of you who drive a car know that it needs to have fuel to run. In the same way, all of us need breakfast in the morning, which will keep us revving through the day. Yes, refueling is there at lunch and teatime and dinner, but the kick-start has to be breakfast!

Pages can be filled up with health facts about breakfast and breakfast recipes. People do not have this important meal because they do not have time in the morning. Whatever may be the time you have to leave for work, college, school there IS time to eat breakfast. You need to be organized as well as committed to the fact that breakfast has to be taken seriously. In the long run, eating breakfast helps to maintain better health.
Organise a menu. Make a list of things that your family would enjoy for breakfast. Then shop for them, at least the non-perishables and be equipped. The following play some role at breakfasts: cereals, cheese, sweet corn, poha, rawa, dalia, nuts, whole-wheat flour. Look for a bakery that can give you fresh whole-wheat bread. There are certain brands that claim to be whole-wheat but is actually refined flour bread given the golden brown colour with caramel.
For healthier versions of breakfast, make some switchovers: from butter to hung yogurt, from mayonnaise to absolutely no mayonnaise except once in a blue moon, from whole eggs to white of eggs, from paranthas laden with ghee to paranthas brushed just a bit with ghee, from full cream milk to skimmed milk; if you can, avoid tea and coffee. Yes, this is a difficult thing to achieve but like we say, if you can! Tea and coffee in moderation cannot be harmful but if one is used to having them in a stream while at work, acidity can become a major problem. And, also cutting down on tea and coffee has one advantage, you can also cut down on your total sugar intake! Some tips for easy breakfast.
• Make sandwiches. Buy the bread the night before. Apply green chutney, some slices of tomato and lettuce, or pineapple or boiled egg whites. Install them as high as you can bite, wrap in foil and eat if you cannot avoid it, on the move.
• Idlis make a good breakfast but how can it be a jiffy one? It can be, provided the batter is ready to be used. It takes ten minutes to steam a batchful. Sprinkle some sprouts and chopped green chillies and have them while still warm.
• Have fresh seasonal fruits with whisked yogurt. It makes a wonderful healthy start to the day.