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Day 3: Cold Turkey

7 Apr

Its day 3, and already I’m feeling the pangs. From time to time, I have to remind myself to breathe, and think about what a positive detox my body is going through… (#%$*&^*%#)

Anyway, so this morning, I decided to try my first Immitation Meat product. These are basically “Smok Ham Styled slices” which are supposed to be great with salads and sandwiches and are rich in proteins and what not. But who cares, right? Do they taste like smoky Ham at all?

The answer is: Yes. They have got the taste right. Its smoky. Its Ham-y.

But, what they don’t get is the texture. And I guess this is the problem with most imitation meats. They lack the bite.

I slapped a slice of Smoky Ham styled salami with a slice of Edam cheese and some lettuce on my Whole Grain bread (that I’m very proud about purchasing) which I got to slice with my teeny little kitchen knife (albeit a bit difficult)  which I then sprinkled with some chilli flakes and Italian seasoning.

Great. Filling, wholesome, healthy. I was happy.

In other news, I also tried Sunpat Creamy Peanut Butter, and let me tell you, I have not been more disappointed. All salt and no sugar, makes this peanut butter  a dull spread.

I long for Skippy’s PB that I used to have as a kid(anyone remember Skippy’s?)


Coriander Girl

13 Feb

The finding of a leaf of coriander in one of our Uni sandwiches has been the cause for quite a bit of excitement. It was none other than Shuli who found it of course (i don’t know how but she’s always on top of these things) and now we can’t get enough.

I was witness to this wonderful event, and it went something like this-

“Waah! Whats this?! A coriander leaf in my sandwich? A coriander leaf! Look! Look! A coriander leaf. I put it in everything I eat at home!!”

So true. Why don’t we see enough coriander leaves around here? We DO put it in everything we eat and home, and the food gets seasoned wonderfully.

To add to the coriander leaf, there is also some shredded carrot in this lovely ‘Crunchily Hommus Salad’ Sandwich. Although, it does lack in salt a bit (this is important if you’re a fan of salt like me. I can eat salt by itself).

So if you are at Warwick Uni, go try it! Its available at the Arts Center Cafe.


Food Exchange: Dal Makhani (Creamy Black Lentil Stew) for a BLT

6 Feb

In this first attempt at exchanging meals, my classmate and I did a nice cross cultural thing with me making him Dal Makhani with Rice and him returning the favour with a blow-your-mind BLT sandwich.

“So is this the Indian version of stew?” I was asked, and the answer is mostly Yes. Dal is a stew but it is also very much like a soup.

Dal Makhani specifically is a very popular Punjabi-Indian dish made out of split lentils and beans and eaten either with Roti, Naan or Rice.The word ‘Makhani’ specifically comes from the word ‘Makhan’ which means cream or butter, and let me tell you, this Dal has plenty!

Below are recipes for both Dal Makhani and BLT sandwiches. Take your pic, or better still, try both! Bonn Appetite!

P.S: Don’t mind my cutting corners, but this is the best I could do in the hostel. I can assure you, though, that there was no compromise on the yummy-ness.

Dal Makhani (serves 4)

What you need:

1 cup dried red kidney beans

1 cup whole black lentils

2 medium sized red onions, finely chopped

2-3 cloves of garlic, mashed into paste

1 inch of ginger, peeled and mashed into paste

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp milk

1 tbsp butter or fresh cream

1 inch cinammon

1 or 2 pods of cardamom

1 bay leaf

1 tsp garam masala

2 or 3 cloves

2 or 3 dried black-pepper seeds

2 tbsp oil

coriander leaves for garnish

2 cups water

What to do:

Soak the beans and lentils overnight so they’re softer and easier to cook.

On a high flame, heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Once the oil is heated, lower the flame to medium. Add the garam masala, bay leaf, pepper, cinammon, cloves and cardamom. Saute for about 3o seconds. Now add the ginger and garlic. Saute until golden brown. Now add the chopped onions and saute for another minute or two.

Once the above mixture has started to form a nice mass, add the tomato puree. Cook for a few minutes till it all comes together well.

Now add the lentils and beans along with the water and stir. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook for about 20 mins till the lentils and beans are cooked. At this stage, add the milk and boil.

Before serving, add the dulop of cream or butter and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot!

Note: If you dont have a pressure cooker, you can follow the same procedure, except you’ll have to cover the pan with a lid and let it boil for longer so the lentils and beans are cooked.

So thats Dal Makhani. Now, the BLT.

BLT (Bacon Lettuce and Tomato) Sandwich (for 1)

What you need:

2 medium slices of tomato

1 tsp of mayonnaise (go crazy if you love it)

2 slices of white bread

2 leaves of lettuce

2 to 3 bacon strips

1 tsp of oil

What to do:

Heat the oil in a pan. Now put in the bacon slices and lightly fry. You can fry it for longer if you like it a bit crunchy.

While you’re doing that, put in the slices of bread for toasting. Make sure that its medium, so you don’t end up with toast.

Spread the Mayo on the warm slices of bread and put a leaf of lettuce on each. On top of that, put the bacon and finally, top it with the tomato slices.