Baking 101 (Part 1)

The Gourmet Glutton turns 1 this week, which calls for something special,  and this is a really special series. I’ve talked about Nodee Chowdhury on my blog before, the amateur baker with a penchant for healthy twists to decadent classics. Check out my Undercover Veggies article if you haven’t done so already. I decided to…

Butter Basics

My blog tends to deal more with the theoretical, nerdy aspect of food, stuff that (I hope) makes for an interesting read but rarely ever translates to practical tips for the kitchen. It’s time to mix things up, and devote an entire month to something more practical. All August, we’ll be dealing with home baking….

The Tapas Tradition

Over the centuries, Spain has evolved into a melting pot of cultures, each of which has left its own impression on its cuisine. The Phoenicians brought the sauces, Greeks brought the olive oil, and the Romans, Carthaginians and Jews added their own touch to the mix. And then there were the Moors, whose spices and…

Up in Flames, Down to Ashes

I’ve never been to culinary school, but I’m pretty sure one of the first things taught there is not to burn your food. The idea seems intuitive, obvious, almost stupid to mention out loud. What is the best way to show that a particular TV or movie character can’t cook? An oven with smoke coming…

Pasta La Vista (Part 3)

From North to South Last time, we looked at four classic Italian pasta sauces, with an aside on the great Italian tomato. This week, we finish our pasta series by looking at six more. Pasta 5, the pasta al ragu involves a lot more time, creating an incredibly complex sauce. You could use mince and…

Pasta La Vista (Part 2)

Green, White and Red Last time, we explored the basics of pasta, comparing dried and fresh varieties, with a brief look at the stuffed and baked pastas. This week, we start our exploration of ten classic pasta dishes. All of these involve cooking the pasta and adding it to a sauce. We’ve already talked about…

Pasta La Vista (Part 1)

Pasta 101 Pasta has become one of those global dishes, with almost every country having their own twist on it. Indians have their red, white and pink sauces, the Egyptian koshari is a mish-mash of rice and macaroni among other things, and the Italian-American cultural intermingling during the turn of the last century has created…

A Tale of Two Peninsulas

Growing up, the only exotic cuisines I was exposed to were Chinese (Indo-Chinese to be precise) and the so-called Continental food, a blanket term referring to foods from the continent of Europe. It was only in the past few years that Kolkata has seen an increased influx of global cuisines, including “Italian food”. Even then,…

Frozen (Part 2)

Kulfis and Gelatos Last time, we looked at the water-based or non-dairy frozen desserts, from the simplest popsicles to the poshest sorbets. This week, we will tackle what most people think of when talking about frozen desserts: dairy-based desserts. Unlike the ones we saw last time, dairy rather than water forms the base for these…

Frozen (Part 1)

Golas and Granitas “Summertime, and the living is easy”. Gershwin’s 1935 lyrics surely don’t seem appropriate in current times. The sweltering heat, not to mention the double whammy of the coronavirus pandemic and the devastation caused by Amphan has left everyone a little short of breath. In this series, let us look at frozen desserts,…