Happy Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India

As a chef and the child of an Englishman, I am fascinated by tea. I drink several cups a day of ‘proper’ tea; black tea with milk and sugar. Darjeeling is of course famous the world over for tea production. The soil, altitude and climate are perfect for growing tea. So I booked a taxiContinue reading “Happy Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India”

Kunga Restaurant, Darjeeling, India

There is a large population of Tibetans in exile living in Darjeeling. The streets are plastered with slogans calling for an independent Gorkhaland. (They call themselves Gorkhas). Unlike the Indians at the base of the mountain, the Gorkha cuisine is light on vegetables and heavy on meat and starches. In the cold climate of theContinue reading “Kunga Restaurant, Darjeeling, India”

Durga Puja at Iskcon Temple, Bangalore, India

Arrived in Bangalore just in time for Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival that celebrates the Hindu godess Durga. My friend Schonali organized for a taxi to take me to the Iskcon Temple in Bangalore: A Hare Krishna Temple perched on top of a hill. I had a wonderful time at this temple, taking inContinue reading “Durga Puja at Iskcon Temple, Bangalore, India”

Russell Market, Bangalore, India

Apologies for the delay in adding my India photos. Please forgive me! My first venture out on my own in India was to the Russell Market. The streets surrounding the market are jam packed with vendors, housewives, child merchants and water buffaloes. I circled the building twice before entering. I laugh about it now butContinue reading “Russell Market, Bangalore, India”

Patacónes Rellenos con Pollo (Patacónes with Shredded Chicken)

Patacónes are Central American fried plantain medallions. They are consumed as a snack or substituted for bread in savoury sandwiches. Most patacón sandwiches consist of a shredded meat, avocado, tomato, lettuce and several spicy sauces. This shredded chicken patacón recipe is authentic, delicious and easy to reproduce at home. When making this recipe NEVER leaveContinue reading “Patacónes Rellenos con Pollo (Patacónes with Shredded Chicken)”

Spiced Pear and Dark Chocolate Torta

After searching for a recipe for a spiced pear and dark chocolate Italian Torta with no success, I adapted this recipe from Lidia Bastianich’s Almond Cake alla Mantovana. Her cake is a traditional Italian almond cake. However the addition of the spiced pears, dark chocolate and vanilla essence to this cake send it over theContinue reading “Spiced Pear and Dark Chocolate Torta”