Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another Demo - for TasteDC group

Another cooking demo, this time for TasteDC group. This was a fun group and I quite enjoyed cooking for them. We would be doing the four regions of India and we started with the Western region. I did the demo for the following items and Charlie Adler, President of TasteDC had brought his flat panel TV with camera to project the entire demo for better viewing. The food was later served to all with saffron rice and freshly baked Naan bread.
West Indian Cuisine
Salli Boti Jardaloo - Parsi style lamb stew with apricots and straw potatoes
Chutney Ni Murgi - Another Parsi delicacy: chicken cooked in a spicy cilantro sauce
Aloo Bhopli Mirchi -Bell peppers and potatoes with caramelized gram flour
Shreekhand - Saffron and mace flavored sweetened yogurt

Cooking demo for DC dining society

I had a great time doing cooking demos in the last two weeks. An excerpt from the DC dining society's page. Will post some photos at a later date.

"On Monday, May 12, at 6:30 PM we will meet at Passage To India at 4931 Cordell Avenue in Bethesda.
We are very happy to add Owner/Chef Sudhir Seth's wonderful food to our rotation. Passage to India is rated by Washingtonian Magazine as the best Indian restaurant in the area and the 23 best restaurant overall. Chef Seth explores the varied styles of cuisines from the sub-continent in an elegant setting and will help us to learn more about the complexities of the food. Standard price event.
Our cooking demo by Chef Seth will be:
Chicken Malai Kabab - chicken breasts marinated and char grilled
Panchphorner Parmal Shaak - baby gourds tempered with five seeds
Zeera Pulao - Basmati rice cooked with cumin flavor
Dal Kalonji - lentils with nigella seeds
Assorted breads - will show Naan (in tandoor), poories (fried) and chapati (cooked on griddle)
And our dinner will include the above plus a broad variety of dishes to enjoy from the restaurant's repertoire.

Visit to Peru

Some photos of the local market, food, Machu Pichu and other ruins.
Once again a long delay in posting, these seem inevitable. Everytime I promise myself but again
fall back due to a multitude of reasons.
Had an extremely enjoyable trip to PERU for ten days. It had been my dream to visit the Machu Pichu and learn more about them. Some great Peruvian food and a flight over the Nazca lines were other highlights of the trip. The ceviche was great as was the Pisco sour (local brandy, suagr, lime juice, angostura and eggwhites whisked to a froth) - real cooling on a hot day. The Incas though much behind the rest of the civilized world technologically, have left a perplexing legacy in stone built monuments. With rudimentary tools they created an empire with massive stone structures but perished against the Spanish conquistadors and guns. This trip left me wondering as to the meaning of Civilization as we percieve it in the present day world and context. These long gone societies lived much more close to nature and thrived with all other species in total harmony, unlike the present where war seems to be omnipresent.