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

Food Review #244

The Derelict Burger @ The Grill Lab (Edapally) – Not for the faint of heart! Two big beef patties, a fried egg, cheese, peppercorn sauce and Bolognese sauce and the weird choice of coleslaw. It’s a 10 tissue burger and it’s really messy. It’s way too much stuff between two buns. I rated it a 10 outta 10 but after a while, the sauces started overwhelming the patties and extra large jalenos started becoming a bit too much. I found out that there is such a thing as too much meat in a burger. I recommend every meat lover to try it once. My cholesterol went through the roof.

A Nice Cuppa

When watching an English show or movie and British & Irish folk on Youtube (strange but that is the combination of my watching them) I am always drawn towards the differences between them and the usual American shows, movies and Youtube channels, especially since the latter is way more.

One of the differences is how many times you hear a character (or on Youtube, a person to another) say to another one “How about a nice cuppa tea?” Not cup of, but cuppa – the proper British way to say it. Anytime it’s cold or raining or someone is ill or upset or tired or just plain British (LOL, I love that last one even if I just came up with it myself) then there is someone or the other offering to make “you a nice cuppa”. I find that so calming and comforting.

I don’t drink much tea myself. I love ice tea and on a hot day I might prefer a cranberry or lemon ice tea. I don’t really like much hot tea with milk but will drink hot black tea with a squeeze of lemon in it if I have an upset tummy. Maybe I should start drinking more tea.

Uber Eats Fiasco

Uber Eats is an app and service that I have been using quite a bit off since they started in Kochi a couple of months ago. It is really an awesome app along with Zomato and Swiggy. I haven’t used Zomatao yet but the other two I have used it quite a bit. I’ve been able to get lunch and dinners served to me from several places I love to eat from and several I hadn’t yet been to and liked. It also helps me to give good dinners for dad & mom and also since it’s been raining quite a lot this monsoon season, it’s an excuse not to go out and yet enjoy good food from the comfort of my own home and watch a movie while doing so.

Yesterday Uber Eats ruined my birthday dinner. I ordered food from Aangan restaurant via the app for 5 people for my birthday dinner. I was in the washroom when the delivery guy came to my place and mom took the packets from him. The guy gave us the wrong order but you can’t contact him over the phone since once the order is closed on the app, you don’t get the rider’s contact number. I tried the app and submitted a help option which said “You’re issue will be resolved in 24 hours!” Fuck that, we are having a dinner.

I contacted UberEats and one guy told me wait for 30 minutes he is placing a new order for me. One hour later, no food and another agent told me technical issues and he will refund my money and that they cannot reorder the service. Over 90 minutes now and my order is still pending. I asked for a supervisor. He basically told me that the first agent lied; they can only contact the driver to come and collect the wrong food but since he was then in another part of the city, he couldn’t come that night. So the other people got my order and enjoyed the food. I had to reorder and wait, a total of 2 hrs and 15 minutes for my 30 minute delivery.

Then I had to hassle them quite a bit for my refund and initially they gave a part refund and then today after two more enquiries, I got the full amount. I told them that they could collect the wrong food the gave me but they can’t do that. The supervisor promised me a Rs.100 credit and that was not done too! I am gonna think twice before reordering again.

Eggsactly

If you could only eat one thing for breakfast for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

Hmmm only one thing for breakfast and that too for the rest of my life? I guess it would have to be eggs.

Eggs can be made in different enough ways that it makes for some variety. My current favourite breakfast is a sandwich of these large triangle shaped bread slices, cucumber slices and this delicious garlic & jalapeno mayo that I liberally spread on the bread. Delicious!

I can make eggs in scrambled, poached, fried, sunny side up, hard boiled, soft boiled and omelet style. That’s a lot of variations and I’m pretty sure there’s more but I don’t know how to do it. Eggs have plenty of variety in the way that you can make them.

And that’s my choice.

Prompt from 31 DAYS OF WRITING PROMPTS FOR AUGUST at The SitsGirls

I L<3VE Popcorn

The perfect snack for watching a movie at the theatres with a large cola (Coke or Pepsi, take your pick). Or if you at home and drinking a coffee in the late afternoon and watching Youtube videos or scrolling past Facebook posts. Or if you want to watch a movie or a football match at home and drinking a beer.

Though I usually buy Act II popcorn that you can put into a large pot or pressure cooker and make it in jiffy, once in a while I also look out the pre-popped ones you can get in packets or in cans. I have bought a few and loved them. 4700 BC makes these awesome flavoured one with cheese or avacado & lime or chocolate and walnut. Man those are so addictive. But most of the time, I buy the ACT II simpler ones with butter or just plan because, well they are so much more cheaper and give you a lot more.

Drinking a coffee on a cold day and munching popcorn right now.

I Get It McDonald’s

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I get it McDonald’s. I finally get it as to why you are so popular and why you probably sell more burgers, fries and wraps than any other fast food joints around the world. It’s because you have a consistent standard, taste and a very familiar feeling when we eat your food. This feeling is why people like me crave a burger from you once a month or so (atleast in my case, for some it is more for some it is less) even if I can get better tasting and juicer beef or chicken burgers from stand alone or smaller level restaurants. This is why I go to one of your outlets.