Diversity in cuisines is good for development, says a chef

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British chef, Adam Simmonds, says adopting varieties in cuisines is for the betterment for the country
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New Delhi, Dec 28, 2017: Chinese, Indian and Spanish dishes are welcomed with open arms in the UK, says British chef Adam Simmonds, who also believes that having a diverse cuisine is good for the development of a country.

Asked which cuisine is most popular in London, Simmonds told IANS here: “It has become so diverse now. In London, it is so multicultural. There are so many amazing Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Spanish cuisines available. They are just growing massively. The UK as a whole, and not just London, has some of the best cooking in the world for sure.”

“It is only enhancing the UK as a Mecca for food. Every country needs to develop and to have different cuisines… the whole thing is brilliant,” he added.

The owner of The Test Kitchen, which is a pop-up located in Soho, London, was here for the launch of Gurugram-based delivery-cum-dine-in kitchen concept — The Trial. It is a blend of chefs, entrepreneurs and innovative food concepts.

“What I am trying to do back home is to try to bring interaction from the restaurant into the kitchen. There are no barriers. It’s about engaging the customer more within the cooking,” he said.

And that’s what he is trying to do at The Trial.

“There are three types of chefs here. If the concept fits, one of us will work on it,” said the chef, who enjoys cooking Scandinavian food.

“It is a concept that I believe in. So, I thought it was a great project to be involved with. Indians are travelling more. They go abroad a lot. They like the style of food; so why can’t something like that work in this country?”

After his maiden visit to India earlier this month, he hopes to return to the country soon and learn more about the indigenous spices.

“I would like to learn how to work with spices properly and to understand it. In my next trip, I would like to see some grassroot stuff to help me understand more about the culture and food,” said the chef, who has been to The Maldives, Denmark, France, Spain and Netherlands.

Simmonds believes there is a “skill-set” in cooking .

And there’s a “great skill level in cooking fish” which is why he likes to prepare dishes with fish as the star ingredient.

He is also a fan of food that is very light and not too robust.

“With the lightness, you get to know all the flavours. If there are just two to three items on the plate, you can showcase your skill set. You can’t hide behind the flavours. It’s about making it clean and vibrant,” said the former head chef of Ynyshir Hall, which won a Michelin Star in 2006.

But it’s not easy being a chef.

“There are long working hours, it’s stressful and you are criticised. You are constantly judged on each and every dish. People think they know more. It is quite difficult sometimes, but you have to accept it,” said Simmonds.

“If you do crack it and enjoy it, it’s the best industry to be in,” he added. (IANS)

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Brocolli and Almond soup: For an Improved Respiratory System

Soup that improves respiratory health boosts immunity

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Brocoli and Almond soup
Brocolli and Almond soup is very good for your respiratory health. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Lungs play an important part in enabling our body to function and to boost it’s health, we must incorporate some food in our diet which keep them active and working.

Chef Vaibhav Bhargawa, an expert in Asian Cuisine, shares a soup recipe which with ingredients in any kitchen, that help to improve the respiratory system.

Brocolli and Almond soup

Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.

Broccoli belongs to a family of vegetables called cruciferous vegetables. A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much vitamin C as an orange, and is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories.

Ingredients

  • Blanched almonds 100gm
  • Butter 20gm
  • Onion finely chopped 100gm
  • Garlic finely minced 30gm
  • Chicken stock /vegetable stock 1 ltr
  • Broccoli stems peeled 500gm
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground white pepper to taste
Brocoli and Almond soup
Brocolli and Almod soup can also help you lose weight. IANS

Instructions

Toast the almonds in a small fry pan until they become fragrant and turn a little brown. Remove from pan and reserve.

In a large heated soup pot, add the butter and when it gets hot, add the onion and cook for a few minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for a minute or two. Add the broccoli and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. As soon as it starts to boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 12 minutes or until the broccoli becomes fork tender.

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Add the reserved almonds to the soup but reserve a few for garnishing at the end. Puree the soup with a hand blender, regular blender or food processor.

Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. (IANS)

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COVID-19: Roseate House Shares Live Camera Access to it’s Kitchen

Roseate House Customers can monitor how their food is being prepared during the pandemic

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Roseate House provides it’s customers with live camera access to its kitchen. (Representational Image). Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

As COVID-19 has called for ramping up of hygiene, Roseate House, which is currently delivering gourmet dishes at your door step, has come up with a one-of-its kind service in India in which it will be sharing live camera access to its kitchen with its customers.

People who order food from outside the hotel or the guests residing at their properties can keep a surveillance on the hygiene and quality of their food by monitoring how their food is being prepared.

The access shall be provided for the direct orders and eventually leading to the orders through the food aggregators as well. The live streaming shall be continued as an ongoing process once the lockdown is lifted.

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The live streaming shall be continued as an ongoing process once the lockdown is lifted. Pixabay

The service is expected to be functional from the second week of May for Kheer, the fine dining Indian restaurant by Roseate House and Roasted by Roseate, in-house barista, which is currently operational for home deliveries.

Speaking about the initiative, Kush Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Roseate Hotels and Resorts said: “We at Roseate Hotels and Resorts constantly thrive for delivering the highest levels of standards to our guests. In continuation to the legacy of being transparent with our guest, we are giving them the confidence of the hygiene factor as well.”

Going ahead, the property plans to make the live streaming an interactive two-way communication where in guests can interact with the chef to share their preferences and likings.

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Roseate Hotels and Resort is also initiating touchless programme to eliminate contact during the times of Covid-19 by ensuring minimum touch points of the delivery packets. “We also ensure safe packaging (double outer layer), multiple frequent sanitation of our kitchen utensils, regular temperature checks of all involved personnel to ensure safe food delivery,” Kapoor added.

Roseate House is the first hotel in India and the fifth in the world to achieve FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System certification) in 2019 which further strengthen the hygiene standards being maintained at all times. (IANS)

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Here are Some Healthy and Quick Recipes

Eating healthy is never boring!

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Go for some quick recipes to make healthy eating more fun. Pixabay

Eating right is on everyone’s agenda. Who ever said that taste and healthy are at odds with each other? You may find healthy recipes in this lifestyle article

Celebrity chef Amrita Raichand believes that “Healthy is not boring!”. A mummy herself, Raichand shares some quick recipes to make healthy eating more fun.

TATER TOTS

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Boil some potatoes for making some healthy tater tots. Pixabay

Ingredients

  • Boiled Potatoes – 2 ( medium )
  • Paneer – 100 Gms

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  • Oats flour – 2 ½ tbsp
  • Soya granules -½ cup
  • Garlic paste – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger paste – 1tbsp
  • Turmeric – ½ tsp
  • Pink salt – to taste
  • Raw mango powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Cheese slice – 1 slice
  • Roasted peanuts – 2 tbsp ( crushed )
  • Lemon juice – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 1½ tbsp
  • Chopped coriander – for garnish

Method

1. In a pan heat some oil, add the ginger- garlic paste, cook for 1 min, then add the turmeric and cook for another ½ a minute or so.

2. In a mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes and the paneer. Then add half of the cooked gg paste, mixing them well. Now add the Oats flour, some pink salt and raw mango powder and bring everything together to form a dough.

3. Now for the filling , heat the same pan in which the gg paste was cooked and add the soaked soya granules to the remaining gg paste. Cook for a few mins. Add the garam masala, crushed peanuts and cheese slice and cook till the cheese melts. Squeeze some lemon juice finish with some chopped coriander.

4. Once cool, take small balls of potato dough, stuff it with the filling, and shape them into small cylinders, about an inch in height.

5. Deep fry these in hot oil till golden brown and serve with a dip of your choice.

SCHEZWAN SOYA BURGER

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Not all burgers are unhealthy. You can always make your burgers healthy. Pixabay

Ingredients

  • Boiled sweet potatoes-1cup
  • Soya granules-1/2cup
  • Salt-1tsp
  • Pepper-1 tsp
  • Potato starch-1/2tbsp
  • Chopped coriander-1/4tbsp
  • Green peas mashed-1.5 tbsp
  • Carrot small dices-1.5 tbsp
  • Oats-2 tbsp
  • Schezwan Sauce-
  • Ginger-2tbsp
  • Garlic-2tbsp
  • Chopped onion-2tbsp
  • Chilly paste-3tbsp
  • Vinegar-1/2tbsp
  • Salt-1tsp
  • Sugar-1/2tbsp
  • Tomato paste-1tbsp

Method

1. Soak the soya granules in warm water till plump and soft. Once done squeeze out the excess water and keep aside.

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2. To make the schezwan sauce, heat the oil in a pan, add the chopped garlic & ginger and saute for 5 to 7 minutes. Now add the chopped onion, once it gets translucent, add the chili paste and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Then add the vinegar, tomato paste, sugar and salt and cook for another 5 minutes. Once the mixture starts releasing its oil, remove from the pan and keep aside.

3. Now take the boiled sweet potato and green peas in a bowl and mash properly. Add the soya granules, boiled carrot dice, a little of the prepared schezwan sauce (or more depending on your taste)and salt, pepper to taste. Mix the filling properly and add a little potato starch to bind the mixture.

4. Once well mixed, make small cutlets of around 35 to 40 gms each, coat with the oats and shallow fry patties till nicely cooked and golden on each side. Remove on kitchen towels to absorb the excess oil.

5. Cut healthy bread slices into roundels with a cookie cutter. Line it with lettuce, a slice of tomato and cheese slices. Then place the soya Pattie on it, drizzle the sauce of choice and serve.

FRESH FRUIT PARFAIT

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Fruit parfaits are very healthy and tasty. Pixabay

Ingredients

  • Crushed cornflakes 1½ cup
  • Crushed chikki 1½ cup
  • Yogurt -½ cup
  • Papaya- ½ cup (cut into small cubes)

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  • Strawberries 5 whole (4 cut into small cubes and 1 for garnish)
  • Mint leaves a sprig (for garnish)

Method

1. To make parfait, start with the layer of crushed cornflakes in a desired glass.

2. Add the next layer of papaya then add yogurt gently on top making sure it does not weigh the bottom layer down.

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3. Add the next layer of crushed chikki followed by strawberry and then yogurt.

4. Cut a strawberry in the shape of a flower and garnish the Parfait along with a sprig of mint leaf. (IANS)