Starry, Starry Night

Year: 1962. Location: A desolate village in Kerala with paddy fields, jackfruit trees and tapioca trees. At the time of the advent, in the days before Christmas, we avoided dairy products and meat at home – I still remember the smell of black coffee and fresh banana chips. The night would get dark because there … Read more

That wonderful time of year

From the chef’s kitchen: KOURAMBIETHES (Greek Almond Christmas Cookies) Material 30 grams of nuts125 g unsalted butter (soft)120 grams of icing sugar1 egg yolk1 tablespoon brandy1 tablespoon vanilla extract180 grams of cake flour1 g baking powder Method * Preheat the oven to 180’C. * Blanch the nuts in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove the … Read more

Eat, pray, love

The vintage wood-and-glass cabinets feature a variety of baked goods and fresh bread to suit the curiosities of the house. Ancient wooden tables and chairs occupy the place. There are 1930s advertising paper cuttings lined with butter-yellow walls. An ad, dating to 1933, found in a file with hundreds of others, lists Christmas goodies for … Read more

Minced chic

At Gagan Anand’s Bangkok Restaurant, the chef serves a fine reception of Mumbai’s popular street food – kima pav. A minced lamb curry made with tomatoes and onions is stuffed into a salabao (or salapao), a Chinese-style deep fried bun. Near the house, in the Masala Library of the Bandra-Kurla Complex, the preparation of this … Read more

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