Afternoon In Couchyn

My only agenda for today was to go and pay the advance for the new dvd/bookshelf that I am having custom built at a furniture store nearby. After I did that I went to Coucyhn for some drink and good food.

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I hadn’t had any breakfast and having woken up at 9 am and the fact that it was almost 12:45 pm by then, I was starving. I ordered a half tandoori chicken and a Budweiser. That went down well indeed.

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A while later I moved onto vodka. My cousin turned me onto Smirnoff Espresso vodka mixed with Coke which makes it taste a lot like iced coffee. This is awesome.

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I also ordered a plated of grilled beef with veggies, which is a superb dish. They ought to market this dish a lot more.

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At around 3pm I left and came back home and watched a movie. Now I’m listening to some tunes and drinking a juice.

Food Review #256

Cheesy Chicken Burger at Burger Hutz with a Vanilla shake and French fries (with mayo). Chicken patty with onions, cheese, tomato and for some reason they add ketchup to the burger. Shake is an average vanilla shake, good french fries (for this kind of a joint).

Pork Biryani Recipe

INGREDIENTS
2 lbs pork loin, cut into 1 inch cubes
3 inches piece gingerroot, grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons garam masala (an Indian spice, you can probably find it with the spices at the store)
1?2 teaspoon chili powder
1?2 teaspoon ground turmeric
4 green chilies, finely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped mint
4 tablespoons ground coriander
2 1?2 cups basmati rice
4 onions, thinly sliced
salt
1?2 cup oil
4 ounces butter, melted
8 ounces plain yogurt
1?2 teaspoon saffron thread, soaked in
2 tablespoons hot milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1?3 cups whole wheat flour (barley, wheat, etc)
1 teaspoon salt

    1. Mix the pork in a bowl with the ginger, garlic, garam masala, chili powder, tumeric, chillies, mint and coriander. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    2. The next day, put the sliced onion in a colander, sprinkle with salt to draw liquid out of the onions. Discard liquid, rinse onions and pat dry.
    3. Heat oil and butter in a dutch oven, then fry onions until golden brown (about 10 minutes). Remove onions and drain. Pour off and reserve all but about 2 tbsp of the butter and oil.
    4. Fry the pork in the dutch oven until well browned. Add cooked onions and yogurt and cook on low for 40 minutes.
    5. In a large saucepan, boil enough water to cover rice. Add rice, return to the boil, and cook 5 minutes.
    6. Drain rice, spread on top of onions and pork in dutch oven. Drizzle with lemon juice, saffron/milk mixture, and the leftover butter and oil.
    7. Preheat the oven to 425 Fahrenheit.
    8. Make a dough by adding a little water to the flour and 1 tsp salt. Roll dough into a long, thin sausage shape, and press along the top rim of the dutch oven. When the lid is placed on this dough, it will form a seal between the lid and base of the dutch oven.
    9. Cook sealed dutch oven on high heat for 5 minutes before transferring to oven. Bake in oven for 40 minutes.
    10. Remove from oven, break dough seal and enjoy.

From The Genius Kitchen

Food Review #255

The monsterous Double Decker burger at Kahawa Cafe – a middle bun, smaller patties, fried eggs, tomato, onions, 2 slices of cheese, lettuce with French Fries and Peanut Butter & Chocolate milkshake to wash it down. That was extremely filling and totally worth it. The milkshake is awesome and I will order that many times.

Favourite Breakfast Food

Well, I happen to be a minimalist breakfast eater since 2015 since I work late evening shifts and tend to wake up late. Hence I just skip breakfast or keep it down to a single sandwich. My current breakfast of choice, if I wake up by 10 or 10:30 am on a weekday is to toast two large slices of bread and smear some eggless mayo on it. Keeping it light here folks!

My favourite breakfast of all time, and I really don’t need more than that people, is four slices of toast with a two or three egg omelet. Preferably duck’s eggs if I can get them otherwise hen’s eggs will do. Sometimes it’s bulls-eyes or fried eggs (if that’s what you call them) with the toast. That and coffee. Two cups during the morning.

The Full English – well that is something I would love to do but not regularly. I have had versions of the Full English; everything else minus the has browns or mushrooms and definitely without the blood sausage. We just don’t get them here or make them.

What A Pizza!

How do you like your pizza (and do you call it a pizza pie)?

Aha – I love this prompt! Pizza is my favourite food, the best gift that Italy has given mankind. It is the best thing ever and it can cure your ails and the blues.

Ok, let’s give it a try – I want a tomato sauce based one and a white sauce or Alfredo sauce one. On the tomato sauce one – I want Pepperoni, mushrooms, Italian sausages and green peppers. On the Alfredo sauced one – I want grilled chicken, bacon, jalapenos, bell peppers and caramalized onions.

Simple yet delicious. Oh and I love Hawaiian ones too. You can also substitute grilled chicken, jalapenos, black olives and pineapple pieces in it as well. Yum, now I want a pizza!

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER WRITING PROMPTS at the SitsGirls

Kerala Style Egg Puffs

This morning at around 10:45 am, having had just bread and mayo at 8 am for breakfast, I was craving a hot coffee and a snack to eat. I called on one my colleagues and we went to the cafeteria’s tea/coffee counter and got a tea for him and a coffee for me and we ordered some eggs puffs. Flaky, warm (not hot but warm enough to know that it was freshly made just an hour or so ago). Delicious and it satisfies the hunger.

How do you make it? Heat oil in a wide pan and add sliced onions. Cook till the onion becomes golden brown. Once the onion becomes golden brown, add crushed ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 mins. Add 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder, 1.5 tsp Chilli powder, 1/2 – 1 tsp Coriander powder, 1/2 tsp Pepper powder, 1/2 tsp Garam masala / meat masala , all masala powders and salt. Cook till the oil appears, around 2-3 mins. Add 1 – 2 tbsp hot water to bring everything together. Add ketchup, curry leaves and mix well.

Beat 1 egg with 1-2 tsp water for egg wash. Apply this egg mixture on four sides of the puff pastry. Place about 1 tbsp of masala on each puff pastry, followed by half a slice of egg. Put some masala on top of the egg as well. Bring together the diagonally opposite sides and seal. Apply the egg wash all over the sealed puffs. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 mins or until the puff pastry is golden in colour.

Serve with some ketchup and drink hot coffee or tea. On a rainy day in Kerala, this evening snack has few rival.

Couchyn Visit After Over A Year

I haven’t been into Couchyn lounge bar, attached to the famous Grand Hotel, in over a year. July of 2017 was the last time I went to a bar, that was Couchyn itself, as the prices for beer and alcohol drinks went up to way beyond what i would want to pay after the ban on alcohol in non-5 star bars was lifted. The bars in the state tried to compensate or over-compensate by charging premium prices for beer (a Rs.100-120 bottle of beer from a BevCo is served for Rs.250-300 or so in bars like these.

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Hence I prefer to buy my beer and vodka, and the odd rum, from BevCo, come home and order some food and drink from the comfort of my home. It’s way cheaper and way convenient. The bars/restaurants are awesome since you can order and enjoy some really great hot meals.

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However with apps like UberEats, Swiggy and Zomato coming in to cities like mine, going to bars has become unnecessary. I can chill my beers to a nice cold degree in my fridge or freezer and I can mix drinks in my home. I can also order pizza or any of my favourite foods from any of the best restaurants in the city and have them bring it to my home within 30 minutes and enjoy both in the comfort of casualness.

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Today was the day I went to Coucyn with my cousin Sujith and we had Tandoori chicken, French fries, grilled beef, shared a club sandwich and had two beers plus two vodkas – one with Red Bull and one with Pepsi. Food was great and the drinks were awesome.

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It was an awesome few hours. I miss going to bars like Couchyn and would like to go more often if only the prices were more decent.

The Perfect Cheeseburger?

How do you make the perfect cheeseburger?

I am a firm believer in the fact that there are several great burgers out there but having said that, here is what I would think makes the perfect cheeseburger. This is based on several burgers that I have had over the last few years.

Big, soft bun with a light smattering of sesame seeds which is toasted and hot. Bacon jam, mayo, one piece of lettuce, on the bottom and on top of that comes the first beef patty. Boom! One slice of cheese – mild cheddar if you please on top of that. Second beef patty on top – BOOM! One more slice of mild cheddar please! Caramelized onions, bacon and a fried egg on top. More mayo or bacon jam on the bottom of the top bun.

Damn! That’s a fine burger right there.

Prompt from 30 DAYS OF SEPTEMBER WRITING PROMPTS at The SitsGirls