I don't much care for food! What I am interested in is the preparation and presentation of it. I do not claim to know much about that either, I am not a foodie, in fact I am allergic to that word. I detest self-declared 'foodies' and though they seem to have replaced the 'Birkin' as the new status symbol, as much as possible, I avoid dining out with them or asking them for recommendations. I prefer to bungle around a menu and land on something that suits my tastes.(Recipe: Apple and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast)I am therefore possibly the last person who should be writing a food column, but someone on the editorial team believes otherwise, that or they wanted somebody to cut through the 'baloney' (yes there will be many food related puns) and appeal to those of you who don't know their black cod from plain old regular cod. Here is what to expect: a rudimentary knowledge of food groups, my opinions and thoughts, some fail safe recipes and a lot of fancy language, but I hope along the way I get to learn about food, because well, why the hell not?(How to Make Perfect Cheese on Toast)
Growing up, and vegetarian to boot, I subsisted on a diet of potatoes, too many types of green vegetables (that I shoved to the side of my plate) and soya nuggets. What I wanted to subsist on- instant noodles (et tu Brutus). Childhood is such a struggle between what your parents think is best for you and what you think in your infinite wisdom to be better! There was one exception to this rule of infantile mutiny, when you fell ill. Something happened to the steely make up of our progenitors when flu was impending or, if luck was on our side, a full blown case of Chicken Pox.
RECIPE - MAMMA TOAST
1 slice of bread (lightly toasted)
1 blanched and peeled tomato sliced into rounds
1 boiled and peeled potato sliced into rounds
Cheese (we use cheddar or Gruyere but you can even use a slice of processed cheese)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sprinkle of Oregano
Method:1. Place the buttered slice of bread on an oven rack.2. Arrange the sliced tomatoes on it. Now, place the potatoes on top of the tomatoes and sprinkle salt and pepper (remember that the cheese will be already salty so avoid using too much).3. Cover the vegetables with a slice of cheese and put in the oven to bake till the cheese is just melted and has some colour (shouldn't be more than 15 minutes).4. Lightly sprinkle with oregano.
Ideally paired with a mug of hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, a cosy blanket and a nice movie!(Recipe: Mushroom Masala Toast)Disclaimer:The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.