Friday, June 19, 2009

Chocolate Layer Cake with an Espresso Custard...

So the cake was a genoise chocolate cake and I didn't have any liquor to soak the cake in so I felt the overall dessert was a bit dry but the espresso custard was the perfect accompaniment for this. As you can see I still haven't developed my icicing skills and with the sweltering heat icing hard enough to do... but I promise better presentation next time!
The cake did vanish in no time though... and I seemed to have gotten perfect layers which made me happy....

Fun with Potatoes....

No, no no - I haven't been on a self imposed sabbatical but I have been busy and then I seemed to have lost all my food pics but manage to salavge some of them... ohh I also tried my hadn at photoshop for a bit but it didn't do much for me.

So here I am trying to catch up on all the lost days!

I went crazy with potatoes one day... I made good ol' aloo tikki's (potatoe pancakes), veggie-dog, pav bhaji... and quite enjoyed it. I even served my aloo tikki's at a party and they were a big big hit :)!!!!

I am posting pics for a change and recipes to follow soon!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Starved for Italian???

I've been doing the usual restaurant visits in Gurgaon and trying to find out the good eateries... and I am sure I've mentioned Delhi has a ton of good eatiers most offering Mughlai food but there are some great joints serving authentic and not so authentic Italian food. To name the good joins... Olive (@ Hotel Diplomat), Spaghetti Kitchen (Saket Mall), Italic (DLF Mall, Vasant Kunj), Sevilla (The Clairidges - super expensive but great pizza and great ambience) and of course my all time favorite The Big Chill Cafe - but then we decided to try Azzuro Kitchen and Bar and the food was a disaster!

The bread basket had dry and burnt foccacia, the pizza base was too dry and charred and the main course was strictly OK. But the worst was yet to come - the tiramisu seemed to be made with bread soaked coffee and nothing close to mascarpone cheese! Their chocolate fondant was edible... but I think this place should be on some sort of a 'must NOT try' type of list. I am not even going to go into how bad the cocktails were or how all of a sudden the room we are sitting in started smelling of smoke.... just don't bother going here!

Will upload my favorite pasta recipe with pics this time around very soon!