Monthly archives of “March 2014

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Cheesy Basil Pesto Sauce

I love working with fresh ingredients, and luckily enough for me – I can get them delivered weekly to my doorstep (Green Tokri, holla!). This week, my choice ingredient was Basil. I’ve never made a Pesto sauce from scratch before, so this was as good a time as any to give it a try. As you may or may not know, Parmesan Cheese is a premium ingredient, traditionally used along with Pine Nuts and Basil to make a Pesto sauce. Unfortunately, even the smallest Parmesan slabs available at stores here are too expensive for my budget, so I decided to improvise and use Amul Cheese instead. Purists – I know what you’re thinking – blasphemy! – but this was just for experimental and economical purposes, so don’t judge. Here’s how it went down:

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Quick Fix Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Roast Garlic

Last week I went shopping for supplies and found the most gorgeous looking Cherry Tomatoes so of COURSE I had to use them in my most favourite food – pasta!

Originally, I had the concept of a sort of Arrabbiata – Aglio Oglio mix in mind (Red sauces are my fave, and they’re also much healthier than white sauces), but I did some research and decided to make my version of a ‘Quick Fix Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes and Roast Garlic‘. I like to chuck different ingredients together and see what happens, rather than rigidly following a recipe (nothing wrong with that either, I just prefer experimenting on my own). I don’t use specific quantities, I just go on instinct, so in case any of you needs exact measurements, I used this recipe as a guideline – ‘Pasta with Roasted Garlic and Cherry Tomatoes’.

Here’s what happened:

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Lunching at Olive Bistro

Olive Bistro is certainly one of my favourite places to dine in Pune, and when my lovely friend Roxanne aka ‘The Tiny Taster‘ invited me to join her for a tasting of their new menu, I simply couldn’t resist! We were treated to a custom-tailored menu featuring some of their popular ‘specials’ as well as a few new treats, all meant to highlight the bold, simple flavours of true Bistro-style food. Chef Noah Barnes – the youngest Chef in India to represent at the Hans Bueschkens Young Chefs Challenge Asia Semi Final in 2011, Hong Kong – was kind enough to take time out from running the kitchen to come and explain each dish at our table.

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