|The Wasabi Canapes!|
It being the Monsoon I had chosen a theme of spices. Here is what we ate!
|Kurush arrived and the party was in full swing!|
@Arpana who is not only a food blogger (http://arpana-cooking-itsnotcomplicated.blogspot.com) but also the lady responsible in large part for this evening being part owner of of @Gostana. She kicked things off with some of Gostana's legendary garlic dip, followed by a fabulous Capsicum Chaat - in which batter fried strips of capsicum, were topped with hung yoghurt, chopped veggies and Cumin. Her choice of spice was Cumin.
Also many, many thanks to Gostana for the awesome fish pickle. Love to Apple Gostana and thank you to Melroy and gang!
|While she was bring those out, I was helping Pranav Kacholia of http://foodiegeek.blogspot.com assemble his fabulous FABULOUS Wasabi (his choice of spice) themed Canapes, he had baked the sesame rice crackers from scratch himself and then topped them with a Soy and Wasabi Mascarpone spread, Smoked Salmon slathered with Yuzu chilli paste and garnished it all with Nori. Really delicious (and you know why I was there helping him hehe) But seriously that appetiser or rather Amuse Bouche because calling it just an appetiser is doing it a no justice, really set the tone for the evening! |
|Helping Pranav spread the Yuzu Chilli paste on the Salmon (yes we were having fun assembling those canapes!)|
|Then the Smoked salmon was placed on cracker|
|Tearing the Nori sheets and sprinkling them over (yes that is a little piece of Nori on that shoulder!)|
|Jyotika Purwar and Vinda Dravid stood behind clicking pictures and then warming up with Nikhil Merchant's roasted bell pepper and tomato soup. |
So great of you to do the soup as well Nik, it truly hit the spot when our original soup person bowed out!
|And by then Jyotika had taken the pictures she needed for the moment, so she decided to live up to her handle of Curryspice AKA Jyotika Purwar and plate up brilliant typically Agra style Aloo Tikkis stuffed with peas, green chilies, ginger topped with kachumber aromatic with Papas Magic Masala with a side of cilantro chutney and peanut garlic chutney. I was totally blown away, Jo, pls kiss your mums hands from me! Jyotika takes LOVELY pictures and blogs at http://followmyrecipe.blogspot.com. Go see!|
|Here is a link to Jyhotika' recipe for the Agra ki aloo tikki|
|Getting A Perfect Bite of Kalyan Karmakar's Asian Pork!|
|Gostana's Fish Pickle, This is fabulous stuff and available by order from Gostana!|
|A closer look at Kalyan's Pork!|
We gave everyone a few minutes and then we brought out the Mains.
|Aneesh Bhasin's decadent White wine Risotto came to the table then, redolent of pepperoni, white wine and cheese! MMMM Delish! Aneesh is a foodie but his first passion is wine. He blogs all things wine and fabulous photos at theconnoisseur.in.|
|Ankiet is another food blogger who came for the first time bearing some delicious Masoor Biryani. He blogs at http://bellyovermind.wordpress.com|
Then came Kurush F Dalal god of cooking all things meat, and caterer of FABULOUS food's Kid Gosht scented with Fennel seed. Kid Ghost is a Parsi dish in which Lamb is cooked in a white gravy untill it is tender and falling off the bone.
|By the time we were done with the main caorses we were all groaning from eating. We did not think we could eat ANY more. One lot had already given up an retired to a corner to nurse drinks and smoke! But when Rhea's (of http://euphorhea.blogspot.com) Paayesh made its appearance, space was made! In tummies and at the table! Suddenly everyone was galvanised and new energy coursed through the table. Her recipe is here! Rhea's Paayesh.|
|By the time Anisha's Chili Chocolate Molten Lava Cake arrived, everyone was all chrged up and a battle for it ensued between Kurush, Kalyan and Rhea. that turned into a full on brawl when Megha's (ofhttp://i2cook.wordpress.com) |
adorable cheesecakes with a plum sauce layered in jars were served up. They totally had us grabbing for them, with Kalyan actually climbing onto the table to get one!
Aneesha is heading eatizens in Mumbai, for foodies of all stripes, you will find more information on that at the end of this post.
|That turned into a full on brawl when Megha's adorable cheesecakes with a plum sauce layered in jars That had Kalyan actually climbing onto the table to get one!|
|And then when it was time to leave, Vinda Dravid of http://www.lettuce-eat.info unvieled her contributions, spice flavoured sugars for all to take home! Here is her post on making them - Vinda's Flavoured Sugars|
|As she passed them around Sahil Jatana (who also got clove scented Galouti for starters), uncorked his flask of decoction and started pouring some delicious South Indian Filter Coffee. Sahil is the man behind Coffee Coach, Full Fabulous it was I say!|
Gyaan and Links to some food related businesses of this collective!
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