Monday, December 31, 2012

hAppY nEw YeAr...

Hello Folks,

Wish you all a very happy new year. Hope you had a good time over the festive period and are feeling charged up to start the new year with fresh energy. Did you make loads of new year resolutions? I am so dying to know what those are. I have stopped making those because I can never stick to them.

Kitchen Karma for the last few months has been travelling and socialising a lot, mostly in India. First to Kolkata, right now I am in Mumbai but going to Pune today. So it has been pretty hectic and I have not been able to cook or experiment in my kitchen at all. Hopefully I will be able to get back home soon and get back to normal life. Yes never did I think I would say this, but I am actually craving for my life back in London.

I have not been able to visit your blogs and see what you have been up to. Blame it all on this travelling. Hope to rectify this situation very soon.

Ciao my friends!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hello Mumbai...


And loving it...the sea, sightseeing, shopping, long drives, Konkani & other local  Maharastrian food...



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

In Kolkata!

You must be wondering where did I disappear yet again. I must confess that I have been a rather sporadic blogger the last couple of months. First there was broken laptop woes, then I got busy with organizing an event (details here) and then my India travels.

Right now I am in Kolkata, the city of my birth. The city which I call my home and always would, the city where my parents live.


The reason for my trip this year was my brother's wedding. It was a full-on traditional Hindu wedding which happened over a period of four days with numerous functions before and after. Immediately before the wedding was the main Bengali festive season which extends over a period of a whole month. So I came home to share the festivities with my parents and also help them organize my brother's wedding.  Let me I share some photos which I had taken of the festivities and my brother's wedding. All the photographs of my brother's wedding is taken by various cousins, I was to busy to click. Enjoy!

Ma Durga-- the Goddess of Power. Durga Puja is the main festival of the Bengali Hindus. We believe that the Goddess come to earth to demolish evil Asura.  Every year in autumn this festival is held according to the Hindu calender. Kolkata takes on a festive look and feel during the four days that this festival goes on for.
Ganesha or the Elephant Headed God is the God of Knowledge and according to Hindu mythology son of Goddess Durga. When Bengalis worship Durga during Autumn  her four children Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Kartik are also worshiped!

Diwali the festival of lights being celebrated at home!

My brother's wedding. In Hindu weddings fire is the primary witness ...bride and groom offer prayers to the fire while reading their scared vows!

Joined together is matrimony ...I hold your hand and promise to take you as my wife in the presence of Gods and all our ancestors with the blessings of all our elders and well wishers!

The bride in her wedding finery-- Hindu brides wear red because it is the colour of  desire and fertility!

Mehendi, the art of painting women's hands and feet with henna, a natural colourant. It is not a traditional Bengali wedding custom, but we have incorporated it from norther Indian wedding customs.

The best part of a Bengali wedding-- the food! More on this later.
More food photos are here and more to come over the coming weeks!

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So the venue is London. Now you may wonder why London. Cos it is the centre of blogging mandala. No, more like it is most convenient. Also for those attending Bloggers' Buzz UK from outside London, why not make a weekend of it? Come on guys London is calling...

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sushi Plans Thursday Dinner Part I

Darn, Sushi was having a super busy Monday, when Snow called.

Snow, her husband, you forgot? Never mind, Snow with thick glasses, always pouring over thicker books,  the ever forgetful mathematician husband of her's. The one who......oh but I divert. Silly me.....right back to the story. Snow called to let Sushi know that his parents have invited themselves to dinner on Thursday night.

''DINNER?'' Sushi yelled.

''THURSDAY?'' She squeaked....her throat dry...

''But...but Thursday is a working day....'' while she said this, in her mind's eye Thursday loomed scowling and snarling, swinging a ferocious looking club....

On the other side Snow in his typical patient voice ''Yes I know...'' (sigh) ''But Ma said they are not free any other evening....''

''How on earth.....? Oh okay! Listen I have a meeting in 5 mins, I gotta go.....'' Sushi hangs up and takes a deep breath. ''Think client, forget MIL'' she tells herself firmly. A panic attack was bubbling and all ready to burst out, but she had a Very Important Client to meet and a not-easy-to-please Boss to please. She took a large bite of her emergency chocolate bar, applied fresh lipstick, stuck on her most professional smile, tucked her tummy in, and marched to the meeting room.

While her boss and the client droned on, Sushi's  mind kept drifting back to the upcoming Thursday dinner. Frankly Sushi was hopeless in the kitchen. The only thing she could do expertly was burn water. In fact she could never understand why people said that you cannot burn water, she has successfully done it so many times. Not only her water...err the water she had put to boil burns, but also the pan in which it was boiling. Why only the other day she put some water to boil to make some soup, she left it only for a minute, next thing she heard was fire alarms going off and Snow yelling. She rushed down to find the stupid pan was actually on fire! Imagine! She had just left it for a moment to catch up on her favourite soap!

Unable to concentrate on her work, she tried making a to-do list. But the list was too long and depressed her. So she started making a list of chances of  the dinner not happening. It felt good to imagine that her MIL had broken a leg and could not make it to the dinner. But knowing her MIL, Sushi knew she would come in a wheelchair, if needed.

The moment the meeting got over, Sushi rushed to call her best friend Polly. But Polly was excited about yesterday's episode of XYZ soap and Sushi was soon caught up in that excitement. They discussed the dramatic happenings in the soap for 20 mins till one of her colleagues popped in to call her for a team meeting.

It was only much later in the evening that Sushi got a chance to call her mother. Not that her mother was much help. She was a rotten cook herself, but she was a good listener and Sushi could rant and rave and her mother always said the nicest things to cheer her up.

Feeling a little better after chatting with her mom, Sushi went to speak to Snow. Together they brainstormed about  the menu. Nothing that they could cook seemed appropriate. So they thought of sneaking in take away food. But they remembered how her MIL had found out when she discovered the food packets in the dustbin and given them a lecture on honesty for two hours. Sushi shuddered thinking about that episode. No, no take away for her in-laws. Next they thought about taking her in-laws to a posh hotel, but no they had already tried it once and her MIL had given them a lecture on not wasting money. Never mind, that she gets extremely expensive caterers to supply food to all her parties. No that is a MIL privilege, not extended to the DIL, Sushi sighed a deep and sad sigh and moved onto the next idea!

To be continued......

In case you are wondering who on earth Sushi is, please check her out Who Is This Sushi? and  Sushi Says Hi.

If you want to know about Sushi's antics as a shop assistant please check out Sushi the Shop Assistant, Sushi The Shop Assistant IISushi The Shop Assistant III and Sushi The Shop Assistant Final.

And if you want to know about Sushi's stroke of luck and how she landed a new job you will have to read Sushi Has A New Job.

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If you have had a Sushi overload I have something else in store for you. An event announcement. You must be thinking oh no not another blogging event. Do not want to participate in a marathon or share tiffiin/breakfast/lunch/dinner/festivsal ideas. Hold on guys, trust Kitchen Karma a wee bit more. A bunch of us London based bloggers are doing a blogging event, but not a virtual one. Yes that's right. It is a real world event, where we get to meet each other in all our finery. The invitation below will give all the details. If you are based in the UK or Europe or if you fancy a vacation in the UK this is your chance. You could come alone or bring your family along. Lets them get awed at the British Museum while at a stone's throw away we, the food bloggers get to meet and talk about our passion to our heart's content. Do come and share this far and wide, you never know who you get to meet and make friends for life!


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