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Nuts about Nuts : Turkish Delight from Azerbaijan

I woke up this morning to find that a sister in law had just flown in from Baku, Azerbaijan. She presented me with a gorgeously wrapped box that I just had to photograph and share.

Image of a gift from AzerbaijanI am a real sucker for gift wrapping and wanted to keep the box just the way it was so that my grandsons could open it when they came home this evening.

But I am even more curious than the cat, so I quickly opened it to find an assortment of Turkish Delight that I’d never seen before.
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A sister-in-law just flew in from Azerbaijan early this morning and brought along a box of the most delicious Azerbaijani sweets. It was an interesting array of Turkish Delight from a famous shop in Baku called XURJUN ( pronounced Khur Jun) . With a strong Arabic influence, it resembled the Karachi halwa that is ever so popular in India. In fact it reminded me of the Halwa I got from the Dubai Mall earlier this year.

Turkish Delight is a sugar and starch sweet meat that is a popular Arabic dish. It has a soft chewy texture that children often love. It lasts long ( rather it keeps long) though in our house it barely lasted the week!

Have you had Turkish Delight before?

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Food off a food truck

Eating from a food truck

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I have always wanted to eat off a food truck but never really managed to do so. Of course I’ve eaten from the street stalls but food trucks are another matter. Somehow, last week, I managed to shed my reservations and actually eat a burger from a food truck that was parked in my daughter’s neighbourhood.

Perhaps being in the US made me more willing to try (as it meant one less meal to cook). Or was it the fact that I was going to eat a gourmet burger?

Gourmet burgers?

A burger was a burger or so I thought till I had a burger from The Outslider. 

To begin with it wasn’t a burger, it was a slider. The difference being in the size. A slider is much smaller than a conventional burger.

The exhaustive menu consisted of wide range of sliders

  • The Outslider Fresh Angus 3 oz. Sliders, American Cheese, Pickle, Ketchup
  • Bourbon BBQ Fresh Angus 3oz. Sliders, Cheddar, Applewood Bacon, Bourbon BBQ sauce
  • El Macho Fresh Angus 3oz. Sliders, Cheddar, Applewood Bacon, BBQ, Jalapenos
  • Sonoma Fresh Angus 3oz. Sliders, Goat Cheese, Red Wine Onion Jam
  • Crab cakes Fresh Lumpur Crab Cakes, Slaw, Chipotle Aioli
  • Buffalo Turkey Fresh Turkey, Buffalo Sauce, Creamy Blue Cheese
  • Hand-cut Fries
  • Garlic Parmesan Fries hand-cut Fries topped with Garlic Aioli, Parmesan
  • Drinks
  • Homemade Ice Cream Bars Assorted Flavors

I must admit they weren’t cheap. But since they  weren’t ordinary butgers but gourmet sliders,  they were definitely worth the price.

Picking up an El Macho and the Blue Burger ( slider with Blue Cheese and slaw), a small serving of fries and a Pepsi, we went off to the park to have our little picnic. So absorbed were we in eating that I forgot to take a photo!.

But here’s one of a crabcake that we bought on the way back home. It definitely was greed that made us stop for the third one!

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So now I will have to walk off these calories but it was definitely worth it! 

Have you ever eaten off a food truck ? What was the experience like? 

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Idli with a difference- the #ShellIdli

My dear readers ,  I’d like to apologise for neglecting you and this blog for so long .April was chaotic with the #A to Z Challenge in which I’d participated with my other blog MUMBAI ON A HIGH. I thought blogging about the Textile Traditions of India would just mean talking about the saris in my cupboard. How wrong I was! There is more to Indian textiles than I imagined .

In the month of May I was busy catching up with all the things I couldn’t do in April – mainly organising some minor repairs in the house.

It is only now in June that I find some time to visit this blog and actually post something .

The idli revamped .

A sister in law from the US forwarded me this video which just has to be shared . It’s about the idli revamped .

We all know that idlis are round and steamed and made with rice and udid dal.

But here’s a new kind of idli – shaped like a shell and made out of an array of ingredients that would possibly make your grandma roll her eyes and tut tut her disapproval.

Feeding the senses

However, this is an innovation that is not gimmicky but one that is upgraded to suit a modern aesthetic where food goes beyond the basic principle of satisfying hunger .

And aren’t you amazed that this innovation is from our very own Bharat? Wannawill is a young company that is tweaking the way our ancestors did things to bring things up to speed .

So I’m off now to by my own #Shell Idli maker .

What about you?

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