Feature & Giveaway | My Favourite Chef {s} … and a holiday giveaway #myfavouritechef #inspiration #giveaway #flipkart

“Do something you love and people will love you for it.”
Maneet Chauhan

Your favourite chef’twas a great way to begin Monday morning. I almost fell off my twitter perch to see that Alice Medrich had followed me. She was one of my first baking inspirations. The author of  an array of sinfully delicious cookbooks like Pure Dessert, Seriously Bitter Sweet, Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy and of course Bittersweet {among many others}, never fails to amaze. Chocolate dessert chef, teacher, James Beard and IACP Cookbook of the Year Award winning author … one of my favourite dessert chefs!

Bittersweet Fallen Chocolate Gateau My first window into her world was way back in 2008 when I was inspired to make her Olive Oil Orange Cake. The inspiration continues … Dark Chocolate, Craisin & Walnut scones, Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies, and one of our all time favourites, the Bittersweet Dark Chocolate Fallen Cake.

Leonardo Olive Oil Meet @ Olive Bar & Kitchen Mehrauli, New DelhiTalking of chefs, more specifically favourite chefs, I have a few more quite a few more on my list. These I have been fortunate enough to meet, they are large hearted, affable, poster boy chefs who are some of the nicest human beings I have met. Saby or Chef Sabyasachi Gorai was among the first I met in Delhi. He’s the sweetest ever. A chef who is a painter? Yes indeed!Leonardo Olive Oil Meet @Olive Bar & Kitchen Mehrauli, New Delhi A chef with the midas touch as I always tell him. Down to earth, hugely talented, young, bursting with energy and ideas. As I write this, Saby is in Goa launching his first restaurant  there today, Destination One!

Cook For A Smile with Chef Vikas KhannaNext on my list is one of my favourite chefs, Michelin star Chef Vikas Khanna. Down to earth, a crowd pleaser, uber talented, works 28 hours a day, feet firmly on the ground, bursting with stories not necessarily food related, passionate about India, passionate about America … words escape me.

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Saffola Fit Foodie with Vikas KhannaWe worked together on the Saffola Food Food TV series {episode 1 & episode 2}. All of us were blown away by his friendly nature, unfussy attitude and his side splitting humour. From Amritsar to America, he is possibly India’s best and most loved export to the west. .

Breakfast at Olive with the MasterchefsMore favourites … Aussie Masterchefs George and Gary who we had a chance to meet over breakfast when they were here, the heart of gold Chef Kunal Kapoor, the absolutely animated and entertaining Chef Vicky Ratnani, the sweet Chef Maurizio Raselli at the Hyatt…

Chai Bar, Soda Bottle Openerwala, Cyberhub, Gurgaon …quiet and unassuming Chef Anahita at Soda Bottle Openerwala {restaurant pictured above}, the ever charming David RoccoChef David Rocco, ITC Maurya, New Delhi 4… I could go on forever but instead will leave you with a question and a holiday giveaway.

Who is the one chef that has left their impression on you? Who is your favourite chef?

Since we’re just ringing in the holiday season here. Zoutons have been sweet enough to sponsor a giveaway for one of my readers.

The giveaway is a gift voucher worth INR4000 from Flipkart.zoutons-online-coupons

To be included in the giveaway, there are 2 simple rules:
1. Name your favourite chef
2. At the end of your comment, you must mention “For the contest on “My Favourite Chef” sponsored by Zoutons.com
  •  Please ensure you leave a valid email address.
  • The contest is open worldwide.
  • The contest closes on the 15th of October. We will randomly pick a winner thereafter.
 The contest winner is VJ Sharma . Congratulations. Please send me your email address so I can send you the coupon details.

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Baking | GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade … & a Rs 6000 giveaway #inseason #mangoes #glutenfree #dessert #flipkart

“Marge, it’s 3 AM. Shouldn’t you be baking?”
Homer Simpson

GF Mango Almond Quark RouladeGF Mango Almond Quark Roulade … two of my most used and favourite combinations this summer – mango & quark. Add a third to it, almond meal, and there’s going to be some magic; in all possibility, deliciously gluten free too! Summer is the easiest time of the year to make quark, the wonderful creamy slightly tangy curd cheese. Once done, you got to move fast as it is perishable given temperatures hit 45C here through summer.

GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade That said, the record was recently broken at 46C and we might just be looking at 50c!!! The brighter side of course is that we are now into the peak of  stone fruit season, a season I love to love. I love doing Swiss Rolls with a mango filling, or for that matter, any seasonal fruit. Mangoes works really well in an ice cream roll too.

Mango Vanilla Bean Panna CottaMango Pastel de Tres Leches Can you tell that I am really enamoured by the king of fruit? You can find plenty of mango on PAB. The Mango Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta was a winner all the way, as also the memorable Mango Pastel de Tres Leches. Mango Quark MousseOh, and i whipped together a quick Mango Quark Mousse with some of the recent batch of quark and alphonsos. Was YUM! So it’s been mango all the way this past month.

Indian mangoes, Alphonso My earlier Strawberry Almond Roulade {Gluten free} came out beautifully. The minute I lay my eyes on these delicious alphonsos that Harini brought for me from Mumbai, I knew it was time to give the almond roulade another shot. I added some baking powder to the sponge as a last minute thought, separating the eggs, and adding a dash of cream of tartar too. GF Mango Almond Quark Roulade The roulade ‘rolled’ out FAB! The lad who doesn’t like mangoes came and asked me for another helping, commenting that ‘this mango dessert was good stuff’! Baking is fun, a science in many ways where experimenting teaches you  a lot! Baking powder, baking soda or no leavening, to use a regular flour , mixed grain or bake gluten free… so many choices!

PABWhat do I love about desserts, baking & food?  Textures, colours, fruit, seasons, pantry staples … everything inspires me. Adding a handful of a healthy almond meal to a dessert, swapping butter for olive oil, using a fruit to decrease the sugar, you’ll see all of this in my recipes. I’ve been obsessed with using fruit in desserts for a long time; the options are infinite and fun!

Do you like to bake? If yes, then I have a little contest and giveaway for you today…-

Giveaway – Win a Rs.6000 FlipkartVoucher

Giveaway headerI have exciting news for you, dear readers. You stand the chance to win a Rs.6000 Flipkart voucher and order all the little kitchen goodies you have always wanted! I whipped up a little competition for you and participating is as easy as making pancakes. Below you will find 5 easy questions that need to be answered. Post your answers in the comments below to be part of the Quiz-Giveaway. FYI, comments will be moderated so your answers are not visible to others.

Rules of the contest:
-You may only enter once
-The winner will be chosen at random
-The winner will recieve a Rs. 6000 Flipkart voucher
-All 5 answers must be correct in order to win the prize.
-You must be a resident of India.

Giveaway flipkartThe voucher is sponsored by couponspy.in, a website where you can find all of the latest coupons and deals online. Here is what they have to say about this exciting competition:

“We are extremely excited and honoured to have our giveaway featured on such a prominent blog. Everyone in the food industry knows who Deeba is, so we are very grateful that she chose to work with us. To the readers, we hope you have fun participating in this quiz, we had fun creating it and also learnt a few important things about baking in the process.”

But now enough talk, it’s time to Quiz up! Here are the 5 questions. Please remember to leave your answers in the comments box at then end. Also, do make sure you leave a valid email address! Good Luck!!

1) What is a good substitute to use in place of baking powder?

2) What fruit puree is often used as a substitute for fat?

3) True or False: frosting and icing are the same thing?

4) Which flour forms the most gluten?

5) Name a pitted fruit that can be baked into a pie.

 

Other Swiss rolls / roulades at PAB

Red Velvet Swiss Roll
Mango Ice Cream Swiss Roll
Star Anise Roll with Marmalade Sauce
Raspberry Pistachio Roulade

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Book Review | Vicky Goes Veg … green, fresh and exciting – and a copy to giveaway

‘Going green has never been so deliciously exciting. Bon Apetit…’
Farhan Akhtar

Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Broccoli Salad, Vicky Goes VegRoasted Red Bell Pepper & Broccoli Salad from Vicky Goes Veg. Everything about the book is colourful, fresh, exciting, full of flavour and vegetarian of course! It’s an exciting new book by Chef Vicky Ratnani and holds a LOT of promise. Vegetarianism is no longer considered ‘second food. Slowly but surely vegetarian centric cookbooks are appearing on bookshelves, grabbing eyeballs as they do so!Vicky Goes Veg @ The Palms, GurgaonWe were hosted by Harper Collins & Nachiketa at the lush and beautiful ‘The Palms‘, Gurgaon for the book launch. Vicky Ratnani has infectious energy, is animated and absolutely passionate about food. I was fortunate to meet him in Jan last year at a tea & food pairing session, and it certainly was a pleasure to meet him again.Vicky Goes Veg, The Palms,.Gurgaon

Vicky Goes Veg He held fort by the poolside under the blazing setting sun, which shouldn’t have been quite so blazing in Mid March … but was! Sporting that he is, he didn’t blink an eyelid, no complaints nothing. He was there well before the guests began to arrive and after a short delay {thanks to the TV crew}, he fired up!

Eggplant & Bok Choy in Sambal, Vicky Goes VegSauteing, chatting, sharing tips and trivia and a load of his passion, he held the attention of the select audience. As he stirred up magic, we were served the same from the kitchen alongside. The flavours blew us away! Who wants to eat non vegetarian food if vegetarian food can be so exciting. Not me!! The Braised Plantain with Thai spices was out of the world good, as was the Eggplant & Bok choy in sambal.

Local produceI love the energy throughout the book. It entices you to ‘try’ something different. I also love that Vicky has stuck to the concept of  sourcing local produce, something that makes the locavore in me do a merry dance. The photographs that liberally colour the pages are a journey of the food chain in India including the merchants and the local bazaars.

Carrots,beets, home grown 2Vicky is often seen arm in arm with the guys who matter … yes, those who grow, deliver and sell local produce. It’s refreshing to see so much space dedicated to the local sabziwala i.e. vegetable vendors. The recipes in the book are unique, hail from across the world but come with an Indian twist, all green and fresh!

Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Broccoli Salad, Vicky Goes Veg The good thing is that Vicky encourages you to think out of the box, constantly innovate and evolve. He offers his book as a stepping stone for new ideas in vegetarian cooking, and tells you to be fearless. If you don’t have this, use that. There’s plenty of trivia tucked within that makes the book even more interesting. One downside is that the number of portions or ‘servings’ aren’t specified.
Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Broccoli Salad, Vicky Goes Veg So I set off to make the Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Broccoli Salad.  Of course, my heart followed his advice and my recipe meandered off as I was short on time. I didn’t blend the dressing, only whisked it. Substituted apricots for walnuts, simplified the dressing a bit. I also made Stromboli from the book which disappeared too quick!

If you’d like to win a copy of the book, VICKY GOES VEG, please leave a comment below telling me which your favourite vegetarian dish from across the globe is. Please be sure to leave a valid email address so I can contact you. This giveaway is open to residents of India, or anyone with an Indian mailing address. {Giveaway sponsored by Harper Collins}

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