I hope it has been a good year for all of you. If it’s been a mixed bag, as most years are, you’ll find yourself looking back at it with much nostalgia soon enough. The past has a way of turning rosy.
There was much that was good with this year for me too. Even though I slowed down in the frequency of my posts, it was always fun to discuss with you, dear reader. I have to admit that you are the best part of blogging! After each post, I eagerly await your response. Since I usually post in the night, checking the comments is the first thing I do next morning, with my morning cuppa by the side. For some of the posts there is as much information in the comments as there is in the post… even if occasionally the discussion gets off topic 😉 .
Thanks to this blog I have made new friends at an age I never thought it possible; friends with whom I have found much in common, and much to learn from. What did The Learned One say about surrounding yourself with smart people? …some of it will rub off on you. So true.
I am late for Nupur’s event: Best of 2007, but I do want to do the roundup… Come along, grab some hot chocolate (while it is still snowing here) like I did, let’s walk the year again together…
My ten favourite posts (and recipes) from 2007:
Food Glorious Food got us thinking about some of the foods we deny ourselves in an attempt to eat healthier. I was trying to work through the myths and realities of food habits for us in India and how they might be, adversely, getting impacted by research applicable primarily to the West. It somehow, eventually led to a poori frying festival! At that moment, I think the blog did take on a life of its own. I hope it was a welcome change of pace for all of us.
A Delhi Summer – on the Streets is amongst my absolutely favourite posts so far. It was also the longest in writing but, again, I enjoyed every bit of that. It is not easy to put the essence of a city like Delhi in one post; there were many false starts and much virtual paper made it to the virtual trash. I hope I managed to give you a little peek into the heart of Dilli.
With my trip to Bangalore-Belgaum, I continued to discover Indian cuisines further. Belgaum was as enchanting as North Karnataka food was delicious. I found new ingredients, teppal, kale vatane, and Byadgi mirchi amongst them, that I hope to use to create new favourites. The post touched a chord somewhere and made many of you wistful.
It is hard to pick favourite recipes. All the recipes featured on this blog are family favourites. What I will list are recipes have been added to the list this year.
All summer long, as long as the gavar season lasted, I cooked Spicy Nutty Cluster Beans once every week. The recipe was arrived at after much discussion over at Manisha’s when she sung praises of kanda-lasun masala again and again, which I had no access to. She helped deconstruct the masala, albeit over a couple of recipes.
Marag turned out to be another hit. It is not easy to sway my son from his Kashmiri leanings where meat is concerned (especially when compared to mutsch and rogan josh, he usually concludes anything else to have been a waste of the meat 😀 ), but he loved this preparation of soupy lamb. Thank you Nabeela, and Manisha for this new addition to our favourites.
Another regular at our table was Indira’s spinach-dal. At last I had a recipe very close to the dal that is always a part of the thali at Andhra Bhavan, which we patronize regularly. An easy quick recipe for a one pot combination of greens and lentils; all you need with it is steamed rice.
June is the month of birthdays at my house. For my son’s birthday I made the Lemon Chiffon Cake that was every bit as light as the name suggests. It was topped by a decadent chocolate fudge icing that was quick to put together. This definitely was my best cake ever and will be featuring at many more birthdays from now on.
Given the limitations of the flour types that can be found easily in India it can be a bit of a challenge to bake great bread that is also nutritious. I have been quite successful with my 50-50 combination of atta-maida (whole wheat roti flour-refined flour) with pizza and dinner rolls, but a whole wheat loaf that was also soft and light was elusive. Until I came across a recipe that had promise – and I made my amazing Whole Wheat Potato Bread. We all nodded approvingly. The bread was so soft I had to wait till next morning to slice it!
In September, I met a lot of family at my cousin’s Big Fat Kashmiri Wedding. I hope you enjoyed what was only the tip of the iceberg. 😉
And if Manisha is talking about paaysam, I have to mention my Kheer in the best of 2007 for obvious reasons. It is the last word on Kheer, no? Besides, it does make up a third of all Kashmiri sweet dishes there are!
Thanks for coming to the Mad Tea Party and making it fun.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008!