How to make Red Lobster Biscuits – almost

Though I have eaten them just once, the aaah moment of discovering Red Lobster biscuits remain in this foodie memory. Copycat recipes are all over the net. I thought I would try DamnDelicious ‘s recipe (uses sugar in her version and melts the butter – avoid).  But other experts (Natashaneagle) urge you to use really cold butter bits and the crumbing method to get flakier biscuits. As usual, I combined two recipes and then gave it the Nomad Nri touch. Substitute, substitute, substitute with what your larder reveals 🙂 So instead of kosher salt, I used coarse crystal sea salt. … Continue reading How to make Red Lobster Biscuits – almost

Sinful Beetroot Chocolate Coffee Ganache Cake with olive oil (butter free)

My daughter loves red velvet cake but I hate food colouring. I discovered this recipe http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/beetrootchocolate-cake-1273 and had beetroots in my kitchen. Hate vegetables but liked the idea of sheep disguised in wolf’s clothing for a change. Note – chop beetroots and mince in food processor. Squeeze out all the juice by hand (drink it asap) so that the beetroot is dry and does not sink to the base of your cake pan. But as usual, one ingredient was missing – corn oil and the fridge yielded a small lump of butter. Too lazy to call the grocery (a hidden … Continue reading Sinful Beetroot Chocolate Coffee Ganache Cake with olive oil (butter free)

The Flying Feteer show – Street food, Dubai

Despite living in Dubai for so many years, I had yet to experience the melt-in-your-mouth cheese and honey feteer from Al Ammor, Deira. My foodie forays had uncovered many hidden gems in Dubai in the last 19 years, especially, during Ramadan and Iftar time. A true foodie knows that if you want to really understand the real character of a city, then you have to try out its street food or the smaller restaurants and bakeries. Where the reputation is built up by word of mouth. Not exotic ads. So one day, the famed Arva Ahmed of the Frying Pan … Continue reading The Flying Feteer show – Street food, Dubai

Mumbai Police film review – daringly different

Amnesia has been a great way to start a movie. Mumbai Police, the taut Malayalam thriller written by Bobby-Sanjay and directed by Rosshan Andrrews takes this subject and delivers one of the finest movies, not just in Malayalam, but Indian cinema. The entire movie is seamlessly stitched together in a way that a viewer would forget to eat her caramel popcorn or his nachos. From the moment ACP Antony Moses aka Rascal Moses (Prithviraj) wakes up with amnesia after an accident, he leads us into a labyrinth of unexpected and unfortunate incidents within his life that unravel like a thousand-petalled … Continue reading Mumbai Police film review – daringly different

Top five ‘to do’ list – Singapore travel guide

Traveling to Singapore? My top five ‘to do’ list covers stay, food, shopping and sight-seeing. If you have the budget, chose from the hotels around the Marina Bay. I booked the Ritz Carlton Millenia through Tripadvisor. My daughter and I were spoiled silly by their gracious hospitality and stunning room views. Next – eat. Start with an ice kachang at the Makansutra Gluttons Bay, next to the famed Esplanade Theatre.  Three – explore. Visit the unusual Gardens by Bay in the vicinity. Four – check out Bugis Junction and Little India for budget shopping. Throw in Haji Street for a … Continue reading Top five ‘to do’ list – Singapore travel guide

The telecommuters’ top six smarts to stop procrastinating

Till we get into the zone, most telecommuters procrastinate. By reading ‘how to’ articles like this one (caught you). Transcribing and then whipping up a financier cake with salted caramel icing http://wp.me/pY1Bb-5V (guilty). Researching and playing phone shrink to a friend who will turn awkward if you land up unexpectedly at his/her office/home. After all this and more, you can change rapidly to fourth gear and ‘make it to deadline.’ Yes, you do make it to deadline. But totally drained afterwards. We give such behavior tag lines like ‘creative freedom’ and ‘method to my madness’ and pride on being monks … Continue reading The telecommuters’ top six smarts to stop procrastinating