Monday, December 31, 2012

Salmon in Mustard Gravy

This is an unusual way of cooking salmon that my partner and I discovered (to be honest, he did, I was in fact, sceptical about the whole salmon and mustard combination, but played along anyway) during our MSc course in the UK. We were scouring Sainsbury's for Indian cooking ingredients which also included mustard paste. We didn't find any. The closest we could get was a mustard paste with ale in it, something we weren't very thrilled about. Use of alcohol in cooking is minimal in Indian foods, and judging by our taste buds, we wanted to stay as close to the rules as possible. Yet, the recipe was a success. We still didn't know about wasabi (thanks to our friends Michael Lu for introducing it to us and Kei Kudo for leaving some with us) and we never noticed the Scottish bonnets either. With time we learned about these ingredients and incorporated them, and we stumbled upon a variety of mustard with red chilli flakes and vinegar in it. That was a hit!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Chocolate Mousse Cake

I found a personal favourite in this recipe blog and enjoyed thoroughly! It was a very simple recipe and the steps were perfect except for the fact that not being very familiar with various cooking techniques and terms associated with it, I went one step ahead and explained them in a later section, after going through a lot of tutorials on youtube. The lack of baking ovens in Indian houses (like mine) made me experiment with the heatings and timings since I had to use a microwave oven instead.

Also, I lowered down all the ingredients for serving two persons which is easier to multiply than going down from the requirements for higher servings. I hope that helps. This is the first successful result (the third attempt) and I loved it. Can't wait to make some more.

PS: If you think you want a prettier picture, give this frosting recipe a try.


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