“They’re different species of coffee, sir. Arabica has round beans and bigger leaves and came to Coorg way before Robusta (also known as Canephora)!..The Cottabetta estate (which literally means ‘Cold Mountain’) grew Arabica and was later transformed into a Robusta plantation…Now we’re in the Woshully estate.” And thus began my foray into coffee-estate jargon on a cool, rainy day. Robusta is easier… Read More On the plantation trail – Woshully & Cottabetta
It’s is called ghost [bhut] pepper for a reason. It’s hot! Super hot! So hot that you can’t handle it. Trust me. You have been warned. So, if your good friend from Assam eagerly brings the bhut as gift for you from back home, you’re in a pickle. And that’s exactly what you make with it. Here’s what you… Read More Who’s afraid of bhut jolokia?
Frankly, I used to think of bamboo more like an invasive grass that you can best use in interior decor. But a main food ingredient and a hero of my next meal? Who knew !! Until I went to this little place called ‘Bamboo Shoots’ that flaunts a catch line ‘Eat Like a Panda’ and serves all… Read More Eats shoots and leaves
Spices surprise me. Not just for how they play unexpectedly with my senses – leaving a tingly nose and perplexed taste buds – but also how they look absolutely nothing like their source. I can never guess where a certain spice came from or what was its form when it was not yet a spice in… Read More More bark than bite? Cinnamon is lite!
Finally, I made my own pasta!! I’m not the kind of person who makes stuff. I’m the kind who makes all sorts of excuses to spend less time in the kitchen..But then my work friend, Pia, brought pasta for lunch the other day and she said she makes it fresh all the time.. try it,… Read More How green is my pasta!
As the summer days get hotter, I am witnessing a crescendo of.. mangoes!! They rolled into the markets in small numbers at the start of the season in March, expensive and aloof; by the time the harvest peaked this month they are suddenly all over the place, humble and reachable. The summer mango frenzy is… Read More Mango summer
“Where do we eat now?”, my friend asked. It was 9 pm on a Thursday and we had spent the whole day wandering around Montmartre in Paris. “Let’s look at the chalkboard menus and we’ll go for the one which we absolutely don’t understand a word of”, I said. I have a thing for the… Read More That cute little cafe with chalkboard menu in Montmartre