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Foodie heaven refers to my indulgent side.  Here I talk about food products that I love, food fairs and markets that I have visited and culinary extravaganzas that I have experienced.  

 

I was overjoyed when I heard about the opportunity to take part in a cooking lesson during my yoga retreat in Bangalore in February.  After a couple of days of eating delicious vegetarian food (never dull, always flavourful), I wanted to dig in and get my hands dirty.  So I enthusiastically raised my hand when a headcount was required. And off we went to the  kitchen to assist three chefs.  An added bonus was that my group had made a list of preferred dishes beforehand.  We knew that we would be preparing at least one or two of our favourites.  In order of preparation, we observed and participated in cooking the following dishes: Saag Paneer (paneer cheese with spinach), Daal (yellow lentils), Kulfi (cardamom iced dessert) and mixed vegetable curry. 

 

After our pause, we headed to Le Gavroche to sample their Bisque de Homard Balvenie (Classic lobster soup flavoured with Balvenie DoubleWood Whiskey). This was Conrad’s favorite. A creamy bisque with small morcels of lobster and a slight aftertaste of whiskey, was a delight to the senses.

 

I went to “Taste of London” for the first time last year. It happened to be their 10th anniversary and it was quite an event. To start off with, this foodie festival takes place in Regent’s Park, a stunning North London park in all its glory; manicured lawns, lovely walkways, and lots of space to wander and explore.

Have you experienced mid-afternoon slumps? Do you sometimes feel like snacking but a little voice in your head reminds you that a healthy snack is so much better for you? Are you sometimes thirsty but tired of drinking water?

In my pantry, I have a few secret ingredients that will transform a good dish into a “wow” dish. Here is one of my little kitchen essentials…

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