Ghanaian Soya

Hello Folks!!

How have y’ll been? Well, I have been quite occupied with my work and planning for my vacation to the US this year. Yah, I got my tickets done and I’m planning to visit DC, NYC, B’more, Philly, KC & Dallas.

Anyways, this post is about a new food item which I learned from my friend George Gyau of Ghana; its called as ‘Ghanaian Soya’.

I learned this recipe from him, while he was here in Bombay for an internship through AIESEC. He used to make this item mebbe every Sunday I suppose….

Anyways, here’s how he made it.

Ingredients:

1 packet – Soya bean
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped tomato
2 finely chopped potato (french fries style)
Cooking oil (coconut or olive) anything.
tomato puree/sauce.
finely chopped coriander.

 

Preparation:

Firstly, empty the packet of soya into a bowl full of water and leave it for 10 mins, till the beans become soft and spongy.

Then, take your cookware and pour a lil oil into it, followed by chopped onion, tomato and potato. Stir it till the colour of onion is gold and potatoes are cooked well, then put all the beans inside it and stir it for 10 mins.

Lastly, the touch of tomato puree or sauce whatever you have at home and coriander. Cover with the lid for a 2 mins and let it cook.
Serve it with rice or eat with bread.!!

Love
Alan.

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Merry Christmas Dear Bloggers

It’s the most beautiful time of the year. Yes, its true Christmas time is here!

Bring out the chocolates, sweets, cakes and pastries.
Out come the smiles & laughter, filled with cheers brought by gifts and Santa stories.

This year has been a remarkable one, mostly owing to the adventurous tours, beginning my blog, and spending quality time with my buddies.

Often people think, this is a time to rejoice, reunite & go out on holidays, however they fail to realize that, its this time of year when we come out of our old closet  and embrace a new reality of life…

We are born-again and just a like a butterfly from its cocoon.

It’s the time when we should let the bygones be bygones…. The soul does cry out when happiness is felt to its core…

Many a things we lose and many we gain, but one thing remains; it’s the quality time spent with our loved ones this year… that passes by…

With all love from this part of the world…I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Feliz Navidad 🙂

Love
Alan

 

 

 

In conversation with Mr. Clement Gomes of Stella Food Corner : A story of a self-made-Chef

Open Face Burger

Open face Burgers

Chicken Lasagna, One-bite-burgers, Russian salad

Chicken Lasagna, One-bite-burgers, Russian Salad.

In the busy lanes of Kalina, Santa Cruz, lies a food corner “Stella’s”, which, one cannot overlook while passing-by. The mouth-searing taste and the aroma of those delicacies just drags you to their shop & also their kindness and hospitality is one of the main reasons why people are brought there….

Bernard, the guy who started this business with his wonderful brother Mr.Gomes (Gomes dada) as we lovingly call him, opens the shop by 17:00hrs and one can see the queue outside the shop, even before the shutters are up!!!….

I became a frequent visitor to the shop since last 7 months now, and have always been treated with the same kindness everyday. Since its just a stone-throw away from my place, practically, I’m there every evening to munch something… Something from his vast variety of cuisines kept out on the display for the people to choose… 🙂

Yesterday, I sat inside and as I was accommodating myself… and started nibbling, Gomes dada came and joined me… I was quite surprised to see him sparing sometime from his customers and joining me.

I seriously learnt a lot from him yesterday. He is a man full of convictions. He told me how he began working at the tender age of 7 in a small cafeteria in West Bengal and his major job being  “Dish washing” . It was surreal and I was taken aback and started thinking how could a dish-washer be so good at what he is doing now…

He went to an extend and told me that he never learned anything from anyone, in particular related to cooking. He had a love for food & the art of cooking, however due to poverty his parents couldn’t afford him a proper/formal training let alone the school.

However, he never gave up on his passion. He was always eager to learn something new and try his hands-on everything… but to his dismay, no-one was co-operative. They mocked him instead. He recalls, as a teenager, once he was in the kitchen of the cafeteria and saw the chef prepare a dish & he asked the chef, whether it was possible for him to teach him how to make it… He chef got disappointed and said no I cannot teach you because you are a dish-washer and you’re miles away from cooking….

That evening, he decided he will move on and later started hard-working and self-tutoring. In his life he learnt a lot, lost a lot & gave a lot to many/from many.

A few years later, an opportunity knocked his doors; he applied for a job of Kitchen incharge for a British restaurant in Singapore, and was accepted to come and work.

There he met Chef David-Ying who became his mentor and he was kind enough to help him giving some in-dept information on cooking…

Today, this man writes his own menu everyday. You’ll never get to see what you ate yesterday. There is no repetition in the recipes. He changes everything everyday. He has something called a ‘Pan-roll’, he has his own style of making pan-roll; atleast a 120 styles of fillings and making…

I learnt, never judge anyone… You never know, who can become what…

Of course in the darkness of the dark coal mines we find the bright shining diamonds…

Always give it to people, even from the little you have… It will make a difference…

From the conversation of food… I went on to learn a lesson for my life 🙂 !!!

I’ll stop now…

PS: Please avoid any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors in the post, as I was in a hurry while I was writing and I had to write it down, before I could forget… I’ll edit it in due course… If you want me to rectify any …please feel free to comment.
Love Alan

The Thirsty Traveler’s Journey to North India

What’s up Loved ones!!

This morning I woke up thinking, what should I write about?? Well, I guess the state of thoughtlessness comes naturally to me!!

So, I thought I’ll just post an update on my current adventure to North India.

A client of mine just visited me recently for some business and we took a trip to North India (New Delhi, Lucknow & Gorakhpur). India is an agricultural country. Most of the agricultural population inhabits 1/3rd of the Northern land.

However, having said that, one cannot deny the most serene beauty one sees while on the road of these villages….

The soul of the nation abides in the farm lands …

The funniest part of the entire trip was, this client of mine happen to be from North-east India which is close to China border, so you can imagine his appearance look-wise is like Asian… and he speaks fluent Hindi & our host happens to be a ‘Dihati’ (villager) who doesn’t speak English at all. Just for fun, knowing how unfunny f*** I am, I told my client, we will take him for a ride, talk in English and deceive him !! LOL

We told our host that our client is from China and he doesn’t speak English. The host prepared so much for his advent and to his utter dismay, the whole ballyhoo and welcome was a damp-squib. We laughed whole night joking about him and making his fun and that poor charlie didn’t even realized it for a second.

Next morning while we are negotiating and discussing on certain issues on which we disagree, the host abused my client in Hindi thinking he doesn’t know the language.

O my god… can you imagine, how we laughed?? Oh god we laughed our ass off and it was totally crazy, and all of a sudden the host started thinking what the hell, why is his client laughing and then we revealed that he is an Indian…. and that was it… Pandemonium broke out hahahahha 🙂 He got so mad at us … I cannot tell you!! LOL

Apart from that, we also went to Agra and saw the ‘Taj Mahal’. It was magnificent and breath-taking.

I plan to take another trip soon in the near future. Also, try to eat (Mutton Desi Ghee) if you are there in that region. It tastes good.

Until next time….

Love
Alan

PS: I’ll try to post some pictures later… In office now…. Boss might be wondering what am I doing?? 😛

How to enjoy your food : 3 reasons why you should watch a food program while eating

What’s up people!!!

To all the foodies… have you ever wondered what happens when you watch a program on cooking and you have your favorite meal in your hands….??

Well, a foodie doesn’t necessarily means someone who eats a lot… I put it this way “Someone who has a taste for variety”… Keep changing the taste… Give yourself an exposure to foods of various cultures….

Oh!! from those delectable steaks to those veggie delights of the US to the butter chicken of India…. yummmm hmmm… mouth watering already…

The other day I was watching that movie (Julie and Julia)… and I learnt how to make ‘Tomato Bruschetta’, believe me, all just by looking at her prepare that in the movie…. you see (FOODIE)…

I just dance ostensibly when I see a food program while eating…. I’m a Food Junk but I don’t eat Junkie food… LOL

3 Reasons:

  1. ENJOY THE TASTE OF THE FOOD: While you are nibbling, your senses are activated ….in some cases the foodgasm is something what I’ve experienced ……I’ve had a plate of a local snack from Bombay India, called ‘vada pav’  and I imagined it being a burger, because the chef on TV was showing how to prepare a BURGER …. it just tastes yummmy…
  2. UNFOLD THE SPICES OF LIFE: When that perfect piece of pie reaches your mouth and then it opens up and uncovers its secrets… oh what a moment it is… while you watch the chef telling you what all it has been made with….
  3. FOODTUALISM: Watching the chef cook coq au vin and you are eating KFC chicken bucket… hahahah it simply makes your mood fresh….

So, just eat with all your heart, all your mind and all your taste….

PS: BTW Gonna have Fish Fry for Dinner tonight… 🙂

Love
Alan