With Valentine’s day looming up, it’s time to start thinking of doing something special and romantic. Nothing can be more romantic than a candle light dinner at home with a special dish to make your loved one feel even more special on this special day.
First off, get someone to deliver a fresh lobster – one that’s been cleaned and deveined. Live lobsters would be the best option but ever since my vegetarian cook thought she was being attacked by the lobster that jumped out of the hot water, I’ve decided to buy dead lobsters instead. I still prefer going to the local fish market and haggling with the fisher women but these days I find cleaning the fish a bit tedious and with an efficient home delivery fish service like Pesca that provides fresh fish, cut the way you want, my fishing in the market is restricted to the days when I want to actually interact with the fisher women .
Make sure you also have on hand some mushrooms, milk/cream, flour, olive oil and cheese. The rest of the ingredients should be easily available on your kitchen shelf. So for your romantic dinner for two, you will need
Breakfast is one of the most important meals for me and I always make sure that I have a great start to a great day with the perfect breakfast. There are days when I wake up with that slight rumble in my tummy just calling out to be filled quick!
So on a February morning like today, where there’s a slight chill in the air, the perfect way to combat this nip is with a warm bowl of Oatmeal porridge. Porridge is a gooey dish made by boiling cereal in milk or water or both and traditionally served at breakfast time. Commonly used grain in India is broken wheat or semolina but I prefer to make mine with Quaker Oats even though it is not native to India. Ever since Kay’s waistline has started shrinking, thanks to the bowlful of Oats she’s been having every day, I’ve been tempted to try out this grain and I now find it a healthier option than my usual porridge of ground Rajgira ( Ramdana) that was a staple on my table while the girls were growing up. With my aging arteries slowly clogging up, Oats is the best way to reduce cholesterol . Another advantage is its low glycemic index which leaves you feeling full for longer and the roughage it provides .
Going into the kitchen,I look for the big bottle of oats and rustle up 3 generously overflowing tablespoons of Quaker Oats in a small pan. To this I add enough water to soak and drown the grain. Putting this to cook on medium heat, I add a generous pinch of powdered roasted Cumin seed (which lends this otherwise bland and tasteless gruel a touch of spice), half a teaspoon of salt, some freshly chopped green coriander for that extra freshness and flavour, stirring all the time to prevent scorching. The cooked porridge acquires a glazed , glutinous look and resembles a thick gluey paste. Taking it off the fire, I add a heaped teaspoonful of powdered roasted peanuts which gives it that divine nutty taste and a tiny bit of crunch.
Literally within minutes, I’ve cooked up a tasty and nutritious porridge which would have Goldilocks finish it off in a trice!
Mmmmmmmmmmm. Go try it!