90s Indian Kid – Childhood Memories

90s Indian Kid
Every 90s Indian Kids will relate to this video.

Bourbon, Hajmola, ParleG, Gola and lots more. Watch this video and relive all these memories that are synonymous for any 90s Indian Kid!

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Whether its digging into a packet of colorful saunf or enjoying a Gola at Chowpatty, I definitely get the feels whenever I think about these things from my childhood.

Growing up in India in the 90s was so much fun. As a 90s Indian kid, you would have a lot of local brands and the western influence and consumerism was still very nascent. As such chocolates, drinks and activities were very local or ‘desi’ in nature. And that only turned out to be a good thing as its something that is not only a part of our childhood, but also makes it unique by adding that Indian element.

Some of my favorite things growing up were very local and also very inexpensive. Things like Fatafat, Hajmola, Saunf – barley cost a rupee or lesser then but we still reminisce about them!

It was also easier when all brands were not selling everything – like Britannia Bourbon was the original and there was just one best glucose biscuit – ParleG.

I also enjoyed a lot of candy while I was growing up and Pan Pasand will hold a special place in my heart. It is the best pan flavored candy yet!

An evening out too just felt so simple back then. Playing by the sea, building sand castles and ending that evening with some Kalakhatta gola meant the ideal Sunday. Even now when I am at Chowpatty and eating that gola, I feel the same sense of satisfaction.

As they say, live in the moment but cherish the memories. That’s kind of how I felt while filming this video. I hope you enjoyed this and relived a bit of your childhood. Do share it with your friends and family.

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Bosch Convection Microwave Oven – Review

I recently got my hands on the new Bosch convection microwave oven and I have to admit, it simplifies microwave cooking to a whole new level.

The new Bosch convection microwave oven comes in 2 size capacities – 32l and 23l. The one with the 32l capacity comes with a free Borosil starter kit. You can check it out here.

Features

The Bosch convection microwave oven is steel gray in color, has a protective glass covered door and also comes with a baking tray. Among other attachments, it includes wire racks and even a rotisserie skewer kit. In terms of functions this is a full fledged microwave oven with convection; which means that it provides the best possible cooking for different kinds of food items. It also boasts of a fry lite function which uses minimal oil while making fries, wedges and the like. You can even enjoy your favorite kebabs and Tandoori items using the tandoor function.

One thing that stood out for me while using this microwave was the ease of operation. It has multiple pre programmed settings for different food items so you can just select the dish you want to make and let it microwave as per the mentioned function. You can find all of these combinations in their instruction manual and they are specific to Indian food too. You can check out this video where I’m using the new Bosch convection microwave oven to cook 5 different types of dishes. Click here.

Why Microwave cooking works for me

For someone who is constantly on the go, microwave cooking is a good option. There are many days when I find myself pressed for time and unable to cook a meal. So putting something together in a single bowl and cooking it in the microwave at least ensures that I’m eating good home cooked food. As such, this microwave really simplifies that process with its easy recipe manual. However, even for eating something like grilled paneer or grilled vegetables, I have started relying on a microwave. Also it becomes simpler if you have just 1 device as compared to a different oven and griller.

Do I recommend it?

Yes. If you are looking to invest in a full on convection microwave oven with a whole bunch of features then definitely consider the Bosch convection microwave oven. Firstly the brand itself – Bosch is a name to reckon with in the electronics space. Secondly the features you get – you can literally go for days without having to cook gravies, rice, fries and so much more! You can choose from different auto-programmed dishes or even different power settings as per your convenience. I also love the steel gray color – it is something that can look good with most kitchen interiors. There’s no real installation – you plug and go! So it definitely makes life easier and would be a good choice while investing in a microwave.

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VINOD Intelligent Cookware with FBAI

VINOD INTELLIGENT COOKWARE
Recently the FBAI & VINOD Intelligent Cookware got a few bloggers together over a fun Sunday Brunch at Veranda, Bandra.

VINOD Intelligent Cookware has a new range and it aims to preserve the nutrition of any food item. So all the fitness and health enthusiasts, this ones for us!

Right from bottles and sippers to literally in intuitive toaster, the new range by VINOD Intelligent Cookware has everything.

VINOD INTELLIGENT COOKWARE

  • I got my hands on the Zest Induct Cookware by them and it’s brilliant!
  • A 3 Layer non-stick coating. So no more worrying of the coating wearing off in no time! And this also means that you can use even lesser oil while cooking.
  • Extra aluminium to hold the ceramic coating and this also ensures that it uses less gas while cooking.
  • It’s metal spoon friendly – so no more separate spatula needed.
  • PFOA Free so no toxic fumes while you keep it on high flame.
  • You can even use it on an induction stove.
  • And a 12 month guarantee!

VINOD INTELLIGENT COOKWARE

You can check out their range here

Since this was an FBAI event, there had to be a fun element to it – so we had a hoola-hoop session, a ‘who can do the most push-ups’ competition and we also carved out some fitness goals. All this with the delicious food at Veranda Bandra 🙂

VINOD INTELLIGENT COOKWARE

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FoodServiceIndia – It’s about the whole experience

FoodServiceIndia
FoodServiceIndia is a company that literally brings together the complete meal experience.

Right from seasonings to helping a restaurant develop recipes, FoodServiceIndia completes the whole loop. Many-a-times, as consumers, we forget the nitty gritties that go in making our restaurant dining experiences memorable. And that there are so many people that work behind the scenes to give us that experience. And that’s where FoodServiceIndia comes in – solutions in the form of products that can be used in restaurant kitchens and also a method of using them correctly.

In terms of offerings, FoodServiceIndia provides the following:

FoodServiceIndia

  • Pre-mixes (gravies, curries etc)

FoodServiceIndia

  • Packaged spices & herbs

FoodServiceIndia

  • Sauces, dips & pastes

FoodServiceIndia

  • Soups

FoodServiceIndia

  • Cakes & confectionery

FoodServiceIndia

  • Beverage mixes

FoodServiceIndia

  • Marinades and coatings

And they have different brands that deliver the above mentioned offerings:

  • Chef’sArt – Seasonings, spices, dough, herbs, sauces, marinades etc)
  • Sunbay – Gravies
  • Marimbula – Beverage flavors
  • SpiceField – Whole & powdered spices
  • Springburst – Seasonings & flavor mixes

FoodServiceIndia

Not only does FoodServiceIndia provide the above mentioned solutions, they also demonstrate the best way to use these ingredients, develop recipes and provide complete training for implementing these. So as a restaurant, one gets a standardized recipe, with the right ingredients and also all the associated learning.

For restaurants, the ultimate moment of truth is whether a consumer comes back or not. And this happens, only when a consumer is completely satisfied with the dining experience. And the meal itself, does play an important part in this. Primarily the taste of what one is having needs to be good; and while this is a subjective topic, restaurants need to find a way in which they can appeal to most possible taste buds with the best possible offerings. So things like ingredients, freshness and quality, recipe and the method of preparation are crucial. And FoodServiceIndia takes care of this part of the process. I can say this with confidence, because I did end up trying some of their dishes and they did turn out well.

FoodServiceIndia

The Makhani Risotto for instance is being served as so many restaurants across the city and is already a big hit. And for all the right reasons – amazing taste and the flavor doesn’t feel artificial at all.

FoodServiceIndia

And this Kolkata style roll was definitely delicious; but the PiriPiri sprinkled fries are what got all my attention!

FoodServiceIndia

I even tried their dessert premixes and these were really delicious.

FoodServiceIndia

And I tried a whole array of mocktails prepared using different flavors of Marimbula.

FoodServiceIndia

The Paan Shake is something I personally love and enjoy having outside and it was amazing to see that it is actually the Marimbula syrup that does all the magic.

FoodServiceIndia

FoodServiceIndia already has a whole lot of restaurants not just in Mumbai, but across India that are using their products and solutions. And in Mumbai itself, they are helping Social, Hoppipola, DiBella to name a few. And you’d be surpised to know that a lot of the dishes you love here are probably using FoodServiceIndia ingredients! You should check them out on Facebook to know more about them. Click here

FoodServiceIndia

And in case you are interested in trying these out, you can find some of their syrups and seasoning online on Amazon.

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Little Chefs at Godrej Nature’s Basket

Natures Basket Little Chefs
Godrej Nature’s Basket recently had a fun event where kids got to learn some really interesting recipes.

Amrita Kaur, who is known for her interesting healthy recipes was conducting this workshop at Godrej Nature’s Basket at Hill Road, Bandra – Mumbai.

Natures Basket Little Chefs

Godrej Nature’s Basket in Bandra has a nice spacious basement, which was turned into a workshop area. Kids were assigned their work stations and were taught some really interesting recipes. These included the Rainbow Nice Cream, a no-bake Mango Cheesecake Tart and a Rainbow Noodles Salad.

Natures Basket Little Chefs

All the kids were really excited and enthusiastic, and it was amazing to see that they wanted to learn all of this at such a young age. And Amrita Kaur was being her charming self and she totally got all of them involved and interested in learning these recipes.

Natures Basket Little Chefs

The workshop lasted about 2 hours and each child got to take home their creation. And the happiness on their faces to see the end result of something they created, was so apparent.

Natures Basket Little Chefs

Definitely keep your eye out for these kind of workshops held by Godrej Nature’s Basket.

And also check out more of Amrita Kaur on her blog.

Godrej Nature’s Basket is your one stop shop for quality groceries, fruits and vegetables. Not only do they provide excellent quality local produce, but you can also find a lot of exotic veggies, gourmet cheese and a whole lot of other items. You can try them out by visiting their store or even ordering online. And sometimes, they deliver within 2 hours of ordering. Check them out here.

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Gardner Street Green Tea

Gardner Street Tea Packaging

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Gardner Street Tea – My Experience

Gardner Street Tea Packaging
The first time I ordered Gardner Street Tea, I didn’t know that it would be so luxurious.

Beautiful packaging and indulgent flavors is how I describe my experience with Gardner Street Tea. Keep reading if you want to know about my favorites from their offerings.

Gardner Street Tea Jasmine Green Tea

Gardner Street Tea comes in this beautiful tin packaging, which is kind of similar to a lot of high end Green Tea brands. Each variant has a symbolic color and the packaging brings that out really well.

Gardner Street Tea Tea Bag

The tea is premium whole leaf, and actually comes in these silken tea bags which elevate the whole experience. For me, it’s like walking into a fancy tea house and sipping on some interesting flavor, but in the comfort of my own home!

Gardner Street Tea Green Tea

Gardner Street has a whole lot of flavors but I’ve tried some from the Signature Collection and some from their Wellness Collection.

Chinese Whispers

Gardner Street Tea Chinese Whispers

This is a Jasmine flavored Green Tea and belongs to their signature collection. The flavor of Jasmine in subtle, yet very noticeable. And honestly, that’s how I love Jasmine Tea. It has anti-oxidant and calming properties which instantly put me in a much better mood.

Moroccan Mint

Gardner Street Tea Mint Tea

This is another one from their signature collections and is actually a caffeine free formula. It contains cinnamon, chicory, orange peel, spearmint leaves, liquorice, safflower petals and natural mint flavor, It’s color is a more deeper brown, and it does have a strong mint feel to it.

Glow

Gardner Street Tea Glow

This one is from their wellness collection and it claims to clear the skin. Green tea is known for it’s skin clearing properties. And this one contains hibiscus, marigold, orange peel and melon flavor, in addition to whole leaf green tea. It has a light color and a very subtle flavor. It’s got a reddish color.

Detox

Gardner Street Tea Detox

Another one from their wellness collection, this one claims to clear the toxins and promotes wellbeing. It has a strong flavor from ginger and natural lemongrass. This one is my absolute favorite. I love ginger, and this does work wonders.

I highly recommend trying out any of these from Gardner Street. I have been in the habit of having Green Tea every morning and have actually tried and tested each one of these. All of them have amazing flavor.

Gardner Street Tea oRDER oNLINE

Price – Rs.450

Quantity – 20 Sachets

I have provided a few links to these below so you can just go ahead and check them out or even buy them.

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Washington Apples in India!

Washington Apples in India Juicy Red
YES – You can have Washington Apples in India!

The Washington Apple Commission recently hosted an event talking about the benefits of consuming Washington Apples in India. This event was in association with the FBAI. I absolutely love these events hosted by the FBAI, because it’s a good mix of like-minded folks coming together and talking about interesting topics. The event was hosted at the beautiful St.Regis Hotel which does provide a spectacular sunset view of the city.

Chef Himanshu Taneja was also present at the event and he demonstrated the versatility of the Washington Apples – you could use it in cooking, baking and so much more. In fact, the spread that they laid out for us at the event, pretty much used the Washington Apple as one of the ingredients.

Washington Apples in India Recipe

Washington Apples in India Recipes

I’m not the biggest fan of apples in general, but Washington Apples have a special place in my heart. I remember eating these on some of my trips to the U.S. and that’s actually where I began to like apples. We received some apples on attending this event and I was totally reminded of the ones I had on my trips.

Apples are actually really good for health. That age old saying is true and here’s what Apples do:

  • Fight Diseases
  • Reduce risk of Cancer, Cholestrol, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Asthma
  • Improve Brain Health
  • High on Fiber
  • Good for Digestion
  • Promote Weightloss
  • No Fat
  • No Cholestrol

Apples come in 5 varieties:

Red Delicious

Washington Apples in India Red

Golden Delicious

Washington Apples in India Golden Delicious

Granny Smith

Washington Apples in India Granny Smith

Gala

Washington Apples in India Gala Apple

Fuji

Washington Apples in India Fuji

Washington apples are special because they come from Washington, which is known to have the most fertile land for the best available apples. It’s indeed a good thing that we can enjoy these Washington Apples in India as well.

Apples are definitely not my most favorite fruit, but seeing all of the advantages I’m definitely going to try and get some at least a few times a week.

Do you love apples? Have you tried Washington Apples in India? Let me know in the comments below!

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Cadbury Oreo Silk – The Best Silk Yet?

Cadbury Oreo Silk
Cadbury Oreo Silk is probably one of the best variants in the Silk range. I just don’t seem to be able to stop eating it!

Cadbury Oreo Silk

I was invited to the launch of Cadbury Oreo Silk and it was such a fun event. So many foodies and also Chef Michael Swamy. The event included some really interesting ways to use Cadbury Oreo Silk to make other desserts, salads and so much more.

Cadbury Oreo Silk

So here you can see the different dishes we learnt to make using the Cadbury Oreo Silk. These were mostly prepared by or under the supervision of Chef Michael Swamy. It was indeed a pleasure seeing him work. Also, the aroma of chocolate was taking over the whole place so it was indeed difficult for me to keep my concentration on the preparation method alone!

Cadbury Oreo Silk

Cadbury Oreo Silk

Cadbury Oreo Silk

Cadbury Oreo Silk

The key takeaway here for me was the versatility of the Cadbury Oreo Silk. It was something that tasted good with any pairing. We tried it with strawberries, it was a hit. We tried it in a salad, it tasted delicious. So it’s not just a pure chocolate bar; it’s also something that can be used as an ingredient in more dishes.

Cadbury Oreo Silk

In terms of taste, I do feel that this is the best Silk variant out there. Mainly because it has Oreo and Chocolate Silk coming together. It’s like the best of everything! There’s a whole lot of crunch and that signature Silk chocolate feel, which is pretty unique. I also like that this doesn’t feel overly sweet – I know we’re talking about Chocolate here but there is definitely a sweet threshold!

Cadbury Oreo Silk

I strongly urge you to try out the Cadbury Oreo Silk, if you haven’t already. It’s pretty damn delicious. And can be used to add a crunchy edge to any dish!


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Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari
Chai and jeera khari is one of my most favorite combination. It redefines comfort food! So today I thought of sharing with you my thoughts on Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari biscuits that I recently got my hands on.

Jeera Khari biscuits are available in various forms in the market. I decided to order the Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari biscuits because they seemed to claim quality. I ordered these from Reliance Fresh Direct.

Packaging

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

The Baker Street Jeera Khari Biscuits come in this box and have all important details mentioned on all 4 sides.

The biscuits are further covered with this foil packing.

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

And when you cut open the foil packaging, you find the biscuits in this transparent plastic tray of sorts.

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

For me, this packaging doesn’t quite work. Khari biscuits are quite delicate and can easily break. So if the packaging was a bit more solid around the biscuits, may be this would stop them from breaking. And as you can see here, a lot of the biscuits were reduced to broken bits.

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

Ingredients

Wheat flour, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cumin, Bishops Weed and Salt.

Good thing about these is that they don’t have any maida. They also claim to be 100% vegetarian.

Taste and Quality

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

The Baker Street Jeera Khari Biscuits are nice and crispy. Maida does add a different level of fluffiness and crunch; but these do feel equally fresh and crispy. The jeera adds a subtle cumin flavor. They don’t feel over buttery like a lot of the maida ones do. The twisted shape of the jeera khari biscuits is quite nice. But personally I find the bow ones the cutest!

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

Nutritional Information

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

Price

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

Rs.50 for 150gm.

Expiry

6 months from manufacture

Do I recommend the Baker Street Jeera Khari Biscuits?

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

Yes I do! They are quite delicious. My only problem with them is their packaging. Other than that I am quite happy with the taste. And of course they are best relished with some good adrak chai.

Baker Street Twisted Jeera Khari

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Saffron Cream Mocktails with Marimbula Sherbet

Marimbula Sherbet
I recently discovered Marimbula Sherbet and tried out a few easy mocktails with it. The one I have is the Saffron Cream flavor.

You can check out these Saffron Cream Mocktails that I make with Marimula Sherbet

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Marimbula Sherbet has various flavors – Green Apple, Strawberry, Hazelnut, Paan, Lemon Tea and Saffron Cream are some of the flavors which seem interesting. Essentially these are sherbets with no natural fruit flavoring. You can add these to water, milk, soda or even mix them up with some liquor to make a drink of your choice.

Marimbula Sherbet

The Saffron Cream Marimbula Sherbet is quite a rich in flavor. Saffron by itself has a distinct taste and fragrance. However, it is quite a niche flavor.

I think saffron goes best with milk based drinks. Saffron and Milk are a strong combination and the sherbet probably can be used for creating such drinks.

You will find a lot of Marimbula syrups and sherbets being used in restaurants and bars to create cocktails and mocktails. It’s an Indian brand and that comes across in the flavors they have.

Do check out the different flavors they offer here.

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