Arun’s Cafe: Serving Shrimp Quesadillas

Arun’s Cafe: Serving Shrimp Quesadillas! After a long hiatus this afternoon, Arun's Cafe opened briefly. Shrimp Quesadillas were on the menu!

Mantra for the weekend brunch: Quick and Tasty! These quesadillas were both, and as a bonus, not much cleanup!

Tomato and basil tortillas (Wilson Farms) were warmed on a pan, turned, and on one half, I spread a blend of shredded mozzarella and asiago cheese, diced plum tomatoes and shrimp, separately sauteed in malvani masala! Then fold over, cut wedges, and eat, … slowly, completely chewing the food!
shrimp quesadillas

Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch!

Idli Sambar: Its whats for brunch!

Of late, I was craving idlis. First it was Lakshmi, who tormented us with her pati's excellent idli making skills. Then at the Konkani Sammelan we had idli sambar for breakfast, and I only got one serving! Considering the long lines, I felt guilty and did not go for seconds. *Yes sad!*

But the ever-vigilant M dearest noticed my silent suffering. She soaked the dal for two days, ground it, fermented if for a day and on Saturday morning made delicious idlis. She even made the perfect sambar, just the way I liked it – from scratch and by blending all the spices. And with lots of eggplant, peppers and potatoes. I like the gritty feed. No powders were used in the preparation of this sambar!

And yes! I went for seconds, … and thirds!

Butta – Roasted Maize

As you noticed I've been posting random pics from my collection! Work is crazy busy – and will be till we leave for mumbai in ten days. A short, one week visit for a family wedding, followed by a week touring the austrian and swiss alps.

I think I'll go on a mango diet in mumbai Anyone want to go mango shopping to crawford market?

pics of charcoal roasted maize corn by Arun Shanbhag
Every summer, after I've had my fill of mangoes, my eyes search for the butta wallah. Maize (or corn) roasted on an open charcoal shekdi (grill); then liberally smeared with a halved lemon, dabbed in salt and red-pepper powder! The butta season peaks as the monsoon starts, causing folks to huddle by the warmth of the shekdi.

One of my favorites here too. Weather permitting, I roast corn on the gas-fired grill. My local friends have never encountered this confluence of zing and zang on their corn, but are quickly converted. And as at the butta wallah, roasted corn is best served on the husk!

Bademiya: Colaba's Culinary Firmament

Its the street food that makes Mumbai special! From the chana-wallahs at Gateway, to ganna-wallahs and paan-wallahs, seemingly at every corner; and the vada-paav baakdas at Fountain. And of course, Bademiya in the seedy gulli behind the Taj Mahal Hotel. Continue reading “Bademiya: Colaba's Culinary Firmament”

Celebrating Mozart

Two hundred and fifty years ago in Salzburg, was born Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In a brief 35 year span, he composed enough music to last us all a lifetime – many times over. In my bachelor days I took every opportunity to attend symphonies. A collection of his music was the first CD I ever purchased. But his musical genius could not stand the force of the Indian naariM. Overnight, Mozart was deposed and replaced by Dandia Mix, Dance Masti and Kantaa Lagaa. My Western classical CD collection is collecting dust (or possibly water logged) in our basement. I now find solace in Sudhir Phadke's Geet Ramayan, or other bhajans with the theme of surrendering to God. What else is left to do in life?

Mozart kugeln chocolates by Arun Shanbhag Continue reading “Celebrating Mozart”

Breakfast in Montreal

Chez Cora Dejeuners Montreal Canada pics by Arun Shanbhag
I get cranky without a good breakfast. Particularly when traveling. I do more research on breakfast places, than on sightseeing. So it was with Montreal. On our first morning, we walked over to Chez Cora Dejeuners (1425 Rue Stanley, off Rue Ste Catherine). I had read a lot about it and was ready to be disappointed. When we came up the street, seeing customers lining outside was a good sign. After about a 30 minute wait, we got a nice table with sunlight streaming in from large windows. We ordered random things from the menu. An omelet wrapped in a crepe for M (see next pic), and a waffle on a bed of fruits for me (see above). This place is known for its generous fruit servings and all their breakfasts are accompanied with lots of fruit. Yes, it was del-i-cious! Fueled us for a long day walking around Montreal. Another of my characteristics – once I find something good, I hang on to it. So for the next couple of days we started our days at Chez Cora. Continue reading “Breakfast in Montreal”

Nutella: Such things are inevitable

Some time last year, I underwent this temporary crisis. Recently an LJ friend had a similar, end of the world-like experience.

Here’s how I save myself from further anguish – Stock up on Nutella! Need my morning Nutella fix.
Stock-up Nutella jars by Arun Shanbhag

Crunchy Yogurt Yumm

crunchy yogurt with granola pic by Arun Shanbhag

After dinner, I absolutely need something sweet. Fruits would be good, but since I eat a lot of fruit during the day, I pass on them after dinner. Here's what I make instead.

In a small bowl, pile:

  • 2 tablespoons of low fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of granola (here: Pecan Praline and Orange Ginger Granola; Trader Joe's)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground Flaxseed (Trader Joe's, and lowers cholesterol)
  • a few raisins,
  • a liberal squirt of honey.

Mix well and … spoon licking yummy! Eat Well and Healthy!

PS. Recipe is not copyrighted and I encourage you to copy – please.

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