Working the Weber grills at Currimbhoys-Adyar


It was quite a grilling session at Currimbhoys- Adyar Saturday last. The sound of traffic on a busy evening, curious passers by and shoppers peeping in did not deter eager participants from trying their hand at working the Weber grills. At the end of the two and a half hour workshop, these were the fruits of their labour:

Thai prawns on sticks with peanut sauce

Grilled baby potato and zucchini

Cheesy garlic bread

Grilled pomfret Malay style

Rosemary chicken sliders

Bbq chicken

But this one literally took the cake- a pineapple upside down. I've baked countless cakes over the years but if you ask me, this has to be the moist-est and the tastiest that has ever been baked, or should I say, grilled, to date.

Pineapple upside down cake

Barbeque with Weber and Currimbhoys


Barbecue is the most fun way of cooking and having good times with family and friends. Now you can host a BBQ party at your house terrace or garden and impress your guests with yummy grilled food. Leave it to Weber to show you how it's done.

About the program
At this BBQ event, you will learn the art of cooking delicious barbecue food with Weber grills. This will be an interactive, hands-on workshop, where participants themselves grill, taste and enjoy the barbecue food they cook.

Topics covered
 Grill basics such as lighting charcoal, maintaining grill temperature and grill safety

 Marinating techniques

 Grilling meats & vegetables

 Use of grill accessories

Who can attend
Anyone who wants to learn to make delicious barbecue dishes – perfect for the season.

*Please note, this session has limited seats and participation is only through prior registration.

On the menu
1. Rosemary chicken sliders

2. Thai prawns on sticks with peanut sauce

3. Grilled whole pomfret Malay style

4. Bbq chicken

5. Grilled baby potato and zucchini

6. Cheesy garlic bread

7. Cake (yes, on a grill!!)

Date 22th February 2014

Time 3.30- 6 pm


Please call 8124145884 to register.

Price per person: Rs 1100/

Happy Valentine's Day at Hot Breads


What is fondant?

In French, it means 'melting'. In culinary terms, it's a paste made of sugar, water and a flavouring. It has umpteen uses in confectionery, and bakers use it to enrobe cakes, and stiffen it further to shape it into flowers and cake toppers which are used to decorate the cakes.

The Fondant Cake Festival by Hot Breads showcased just that-cakes covered with fondant and decorated with intricate bows, stars and circles. Of course, it helps that the cake itself is delicious.

This sunshine yellow fondant encasing a vanilla sponge cake

Layers of moist chocolate sponge under blue starry fondant

Get creative with these food safe pens and a blank fondant canvas

What else but heart shaped cakes for Valentine's day...

Colour and flavour of the season- red velvet!!

And these cuties are red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Bless their yummy little hearts!!

Need to get a cake for your beloved? It just so happens that Hot Breads has a contest for Valentine's day. Do check out details at

And Happy Valentine's Day.

Dubai, did buy and a quinoa salad


I spent the last few days of 2013 at Dubai, the land of superlatives- the city that houses the tallest building in the world, the largest shopping malls and the most luxurious hotel.

The view from the plane window was a precursor to the land that lay below- as if a giant hand had carelessly draped meters of gold chains all over the ground, interspersed with huge diamonds that glinted on the dark earth. As the plane dropped onto the tarmac, those gold chains turned out to be the lights of the runway. Quite spectacular.

My sister in law was packing up to leave Dubai, she had warned me that her kitchen was non functional. Which suited me fine as I was eager to try out the local delights. But breakfast the next morning was a delicious quinoa salad, along with the recipe. She had also drawn up quite an itinerary for my 5 day stay, and had hired the services of Mr. Ali, an affable Pakistani driver cum guide who had been living in Dubai for the last 10 years. Luckily for us, Mr. Ali had just bought himself a Land Cruiser so the journey around the city was very comfortable.

Mr. Ali and his Land Cruiser, the walkway at Jumeirah beach 

Our first stop was Jumeirah beach. Bleached sands and the beautiful blue of the Persian Gulf had drawn hordes of picnickers and sun bathers to its shoreline. Driving along, we could see the iconic and distinctive Burj al Arab, the beautiful sail shaped hotel. There were lots of people posing for photographs in front of the driveway but our enterprising driver took us a little further to a construction yard from where we had an unfettered view of the building.

A view of  the Burj al Arab from the monorail station 

Mr. Ali, who also takes guests on desert safaris, decided to give us a taste of it by driving helter skelter on the dunes of a nearby beach. Thank goodness we turned down his invitation to take us on a proper safari!! He dropped us off at the monorail station from where we boarded for a trip to Atlantis.

The gateway to Atlantis; the end of the monorail, the Gulf beyond

Not the mythical island of Atlantis that sank without a trace somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, but a resort at the end of Dubai's Palm Island. We entered the crowded shopping arcade of the hotel, it looked as if most of Dubai was also there. Wandering around, we found ourselves in front a shop where a sand artist was filling bottles with coloured sand. It was fascinating to watch his deft hands twist and turn the bottles around, filling corners with sand of varied hues, poke, prod and pull them into designs with his tools.

Sand art in a bottle

Mr. Ali was waiting for us when we came out. He drove us around Palm Island, a strip of reclaimed land that is now a major tourist hub comprising of hotels, a water park and signature restaurants.

It was now time for some retail therapy and we got dropped off at the Mall of the Emirates, fondly referred to as MOE by the locals.

On the recommendation of a friend back in India to not miss cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory, we decided to skip lunch and go straight for cheesecake. We ordered a slice each of red velvet and dulce de leche. Served with a massive blob of cream, both slices were dense, tangy and heavenly. And so filling. And that took care of dinner as well.  More shopping at Deira's City Centre Mall, a ride on the metro was also on the cards so we hopped onto it to get to the bus terminus and from there, back to Sharjah by bus. Quite a day!

In exchange for helping him select furniture for his new apartment, my nephew agreed to drive us to Dubai the next day for more shopping. The attraction that evening was the musical fountain in front of the Burj Khalifa. But before that, more retail therapy at the Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world and for a bit of respite, watching fish swim in the Dubai Mall Aquarium, of course, the world's largest aquarium.

Burj Khalifa and The Address

Flanked by the Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world and The Address, a 63 storeyed hotel, the Burj Khalifa lake was the cynosure of many eyes that cold December evening. And the musical fountain playing on the lake's placid surface was simply magical. Go there early if you want a vantage spot to watch the show from. There are shows every 30 minutes and each show is crowded.

The last day of this dream vacation saw us at Miracle Gardens. I was a bit sceptical about spending a day under the hot desert sun to look at a bunch of flowers but this is a sight not to be missed. Potted plants are arranged onto frames to create the displays. And by the end of the day, when the flowers have wilted, they are replaced by a fresh set. What a way to green the desert!!

The emblem of Dubai, the falcon. These potted plants are fixed onto structures to create the displays

All good things must come to an end, so did my dream holiday. But here's the recipe for the quinoa salad, good to have any time of the day, or night.

Quinoa salad

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 capsicum, diced
1 stalk celery, diced

1 tablespoon vinegar(or lime juice)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon or any mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Place quinoa in a colander, run water through.
Fill a saucepan with 1 cup water, add quinoa to it and bring to the boil.
Turn down the flame to low, cover the pot and allow the contents of the pan to simmer for 15 minutes. Switch off the flame.
Fluff up quinoa with a fork and allow to cool.

Measure ingredients for the dressing in a jar with a fitting lid, shake well to combine.
Place quinoa, vegetables and the dressing in a salad bowl, mix well to combine.

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