Monthly Archives: October 2011

White Sauce for Dummies

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If I were to look back at my year of cooking, the simplest and most impressive thing I’ve mastered is Béchamel. 

Béchamel is the most basic white sauce, requires Zero prior cooking experience and is 100% vegetarian (unlike most other French food). You see it most commonly in pasta, but you can pour it over anything! Also, It is super creamy and can make you lick your fingers.

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Thai Green Curry – Fancy food even when you are too lazy

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Coriander is one of those things that is ‘always the bridesmaid never the bride’. I’ve never actually been able to buy a whole bunch of coriander without wasting at least half of it. As a child coriander was seen at home only when Mom was cooking a fancy dinner – and this would be garnish.

I found this recipe for basic Thai Green Curry and adapted it to Indian tastes.

So here is what to do if you want to get some green into your system without too much effort.

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(P)interest!

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Fasten your tech seatbelt! I am going to talk about Pinterest.com – which is an online soft-board to pin anything you see on the interweb. You can start your own Boards on to which your Pins go. Yes, just like the physical one at home / school / work / police station.

Oh yeah! and they let you sign in with Twitter or Facebook. That’s one less annoying userid-password to remember.

Here’s a screenshot of my boards on Pinterest.

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Diwali for Techies

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Just an hour after I asked my husband why I couldn’t buy firecrackers online, I found this article on The Hindu.

In order to save the largely deskbound workforce inside the IT hub the trouble of hectic last-minute shopping for fireworks, a six-member group of young Technopark engineers have launched a website, malapadakam.com, to help their colleagues celebrate a hassle-free Deepavali.

The company passes the order to a licensed firecracker vendor who ensures that it is delivered to the house of the caller. The cash need be paid only on delivery.

I clicked on the link, hoping to move one step closer to a world where everything can be bought online. Here is what I saw.
I tried all the spelling variations of  ‘malapadakam’, which, when incorrectly transliterated can mean poo travesty.

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Re-purposed Chair cushions

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When we moved into our flat a year ago, I bought a couple of chair cushions from big bazaar ( rs 90 for 2 😛 ). I had intended for us to sit on them till we bought a table and chairs. but we used these cushions for everything but . A year later, the pink and white synthetic cushions are uncomfortable and useless.

I ripped out the stitches, took out the filling and decided to make the 2 flat cushions into one large fluffy pillow-cushion hybrid.

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