Last weekend, I traveled all the way to Austin for it’s first ever FOOD & WINE festival. With a weekender badge hanging around the neck, my friend and I got a weekend of indulgence, culinary education and celeb chef citing.
Thousands of gourmands and food fanatics lined up for the festival at the Austin’s Auditorium Shores for celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, seminars and grand tastings.
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Thanks to my friend, Fats, I just got back from a delicious and exciting weekend at the Austin’s Food & Wine Festival!
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In the meantime, give some of these concoctions a try!
It has been airing only for a couple of days now and I’m loving it!
As a die-hard fan of the Food Network, I must say that it’s sister channel is pretty neat. It has some unique shows – the Rachel Allen’s show based on baking, Daryl Robinson’s mixology show, Drink Up, Everyday Exotic, where Chef Roger breaks free from the boredom of everyday meals by giving them a fantastic makeover using one new ingredient and finally an Indian cooking show by Anjum Anand. These guys are awesomely creative and very inspiring. I’m already getting a lot of inspiration and fun ideas from the shows.
During the new moon of Kartika (eighth month of the Hindu Calendar year), which usually falls in the months of October or November, Indians living in India and all over the globe celebrate Diwali. Diwali, a 4-5 day Indian holiday is celebrated with lights, fireworks, sweets and gifts. It’s like rolling Christmas and Fourth of July festivities into one!
Diwali is a wonderful time when everyone wants to get together! On the main day - Lakshmi Pujan - our festivities start in the evening with lighting candles or oil lamps throughout the house followed by puja (prayer) to Laksmi, the goddess of wealth. We wear new clothes and reconnect with family, friends and relatives and often having aDiwali brunch or a night long at our home or at one of our friends’. In India, my mom devotes several hours to making the amazingly aromatic foods called faral. On the other hand, my Diwali spread does not include the typical deep-fried snacks and Indian mithais. Instead, I focus on creating a festive menu for my parties.
This year we had potluck Diwali Party at my place and I was in charge of the first course. I pleased the crowd with my chilled Curried Pumpkin Soup that I served as amuse-bouche, Chicken Kheema Puffs hot from the oven and lastly, the party favorite SPDP (Sev Potato Dahi Puri) in Phyllo Cups.
Try my dazzling Indian hors d’oeuvres for your Diwali party this year or spice up your table any time of year!
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I am thrilled to welcome you all to Season 2 of Signature Concoctions!
Yes! It has been one year since I started this blog, and I can’t believe I am still around! Time sure flies… I still remember how my decision to write was a spur of a moment urge to share my passion for cooking, my culinary adventures in my kitchen and all my signature recipes running around in my head. I still chuckle when I think about it; “What was I thinking? How did it all happen?!” – I really don’t know but I’m really glad it did
I have learnt so much in this last year! I kept myself busy in the kitchen whipping up all kinds of concoctions – from breakfasts to dinners and everything in between; especially – comfort meals, curries, jhatpat subzis, simply delicioso mexican food, thai dinners and most importantly food for my little sous chef. My blog is not just about food and cooking; it is about sharing it with friends and family; and the stories, the memories, the traditions, the rituals, the explorations, the seasons – all the spices of life that flavor my food.
So the journey so far: I took my readers on a worldwide foodie tour from Malvan to Montréal. Then, I decided to give a couple of make overs; one to my website and another to everyday food and .. ooooh yes… not to forget, my very own Spring Fashion Show. While I was cooking and writing about food, I realized I needed good pictures to really cut it. My husband, throwing money at the problem, got me an expensive DSLR, but it was up to me to sharpen my photography skills. All my food styling and food photography self study paid off when my Easter Breakfast photoshoot was all the internet rage. The season ended with a blast with cameos from some of my friends. So in season 2, stay tuned for all of this and more …. coming soon to a browser near you!
Lastly and most importantly, it seems I connect with so many of you; people all over the world who read SC and share in my passion for food; to whom I am very thankful for visiting my site, becoming fans and encouraging me day after day. Please keep reading, commenting and giving me feedback, it keeps me cooking, clicking and concocting!
I am gonna take a little break from food blogging today! While I love playing in my kitchen, doing foodie photoshoots and writing about it, today, on the occassion of Friendship Day, I am inviting all my friends, who have inspired me with their great cooking, to write about their signature concoctions!
Here’s to friends!
Click on the links below and read the posts written by my friends:
aai’s mutton biryani – by Anagha
a light summer meal – by Roshni
a special concoction from my mom’s kitchen – by Neeta
preserved through generations – by Nisha
lip-smacking dishes – by Kanika
my recent favorites – by Rati
So this year, for Father’s Day, I gave some work to the two superdads in my life . I made my dad and my daughter’s dad step into the kitchen, whip up their very own ‘signature concoctions’ and brag about it here on my blog. I love them both, but try these at your own risk .. lol… just kidding!
Please join me in welcoming them to this Father’s Day Special post!
Check out dad’s macaroni and cheese and Vijay’s love for Butter Chicken.
It’s been a while since I wrote here….
Life’s been busy…lots’a work, a little bit of play, some stuffy sniffy noses – big and small, a road trip to Boston at the end of Fall, then to Richmond for some turkey and a great holiday with friends and family. Needless to say, there has been more of gourmet eating than gourmet cooking in the past few weeks.
This November I bought a small piece of real estate in the “dot com” world. Ever since I have been busy decorating it and I think I am now ready to take on 2009 with my brand spanking new
Welcome to SignatureConcoctions 2.0! My husband has designed this very cool logo, that you see above. Below the logo is a window to all my kitchen gadgets and the fresh ingredients that make my concoctions so ‘signature’. In addition to the new look and feel, I have added some new features like the index of all of my recipes, featured concoctions, easy subscription via email, printing and sharing posts and much more.
Guaranteed free food for the following people for helping me with this website; My husband, Vijay, who did the initial ground work and set the ball rolling, my bro Sushant, sis Deepti , dear pals – Atish, Dennis and Kanika, and my all time foodie companion – Fatema, who have helped me translate my vision into this wonderful website.
Here’s to food and fun in the new year. Cheers!
|| Happy Dasara ||
So, I have finally decided to take my first step in the world of foodblogs.
I never knew that there was a big brave world out there with top-chef foodies, who have taken great efforts and spent time blogging all these wonderful recipes with cool pics. Just a couple of months ago, I accidently stumbled upon a masterpiece foodblog Aayisrecipes.com, while looking for idli recipes…..and that was my first foray.
I went places, from one site to another. I travelled around, smelling, sampling….. On this eCulinary journey, I hung out at The Spice Cafe and bumped into the guru of info Jugalbandi, then I rocked with IFR , experienced the Evolving Tastes and also went to A Mad Tea Party. It’s a fun world!
I’ve put my chef’s hat on and am now ready to put my stake in the ground.
Without further ado…….