Friday, 25 May 2012


Thank God its Friday!   No lunch boxes from home.  Its time to explore and find new restaurants around town where I work.  One thing in common that the team I work with share is Food.  We love talking about it and exchanging notes on various preparations of the same meat or vegetable carrying the influences and styles of the different parts of the country we come from.  We have tried and tested the restaurants in and around our office. 

Although it was a hot and sultry afternoon our yearning to try something new has made us walk down the bylanes towards the Sterling Cinema near Victoria Terminus Station.  The walk wasn’t bad actually as the roads were lined up with trees which cast a cool shade.  We walked past beautiful old buildings built during the British Raj which houses offices of multinationals and banks.   We finally reached Sky Cafe, opposite Sterling Cinema.  which had a beautiful patio kind of seating arrangement. As we were deciding if it was a good idea to sit there in this hot weather the light breeze blowing amidst the stone buildings convinced us that it was a perfect day for Sky Cafe.  The menu was simple with salads, soups, sandwiches, pastas, risotto continental and oriental spread.   

Friday, 11 May 2012

The Weekend Spirit

The hot summers in Mumbai can be really exhausting.  Heres my fix to pep me up for that Friday evening.  I mix my vodka (60 ml) with some zest of lemon,  a tsp of crushed ginger,  8-10 crushed mint leaves, juice of 1 lemon.  Shake all ingredients with ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.  Pour it in salt rimmed glass.  Add some lemonade to top it up and drop in half a slice of lemon and sprinkle crushed pepper.  Hmmmm...refreshing!!   Where’s the party tonight???

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Bitter-Sweet Moments

I never see too many people put this vegetable in their shopping basket.  And I am not surprised because this gourd is really bitter. But if cooked the right way, it can be eaten without contorting your face in any grotesque way. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Colour Purple

I remember a song we sang as kids “God Painted a picture and called it the World...” And truly amazing colours have been used by this divine artist.  It is hard to believe your eyes when you look at a beautiful flower or a colourful bird or that tiny little butterfly, that this is all natural, this is the way they were created.   I enjoy visiting the local vegetable and fruit markets rather than the supermarkets as the produce there always looks fresh and the vendors display them beautifully.  Square patches filled with varieties of vegetables, fruits stacked in a pyramid, the entire stall looks colourful.   Today I spotted these purple wonders, the baby brinjals which I love as a stuffed preparation.  So I carefully select the ones that are beautifully rounded and the size of lemons.   So here is how I finally prepared them ....

Sunday, 6 May 2012

My First Blog...

Here I go with my first blog at Love In A Pot.  Why Love in a pot?  Well, I love cooking and cooking with love, for people you love is the most important ingredient of any recipe.  And I know you all agree with me on this one.   So fill all that love in a pot that gets together your loved ones, share some laughter and music and life is all good!