Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween: How To Cook Barbecued Aromatic Chicken

barbecued chickenTomorrow is that much anticipated day! Halloween, the night of ghosts, haunted houses, trick or treats and costume parties is here at last. Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st. There are Halloween parties held in several homes across Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom.

Here's a special Halloween recipe that's perfect for this spine chilling night!

Aromatic Barbecued Chicken

You will need: 1 broiler chicken with its skin removed, 1 cup yogurt, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cumin seeds, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 cup low-fat buttermilk, 1 tsp cinnamon(for aroma), small pieces of lime.

Directions: Take a mixing bowl and mix buttermilk, yogurt, garlic and spices together. Now add the chicken pieces in it and layer with this paste. Marinate for at least 9 to 24 hours in refrigerator. Now grill it for about half an hour on each side, basting it at every 10 minutes interval.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Top Ten Tips To Become A Good Cook

chefEver wondered what makes a good cook? If you ask me, I think it is somewhat an innate sense of spices and cooking ingredients, that makes a good cook. However, if you are passionate about cooking and love to prepare something on your own, then you can definitely become a good cook. If you love cooking, innovation can come naturally! There are many culinary institutes which teaches you the ABCs of cooking. You can even specialize on baking, ice creams, continental, or oriental dishes. Some of the best chefs in the world, do not have formal culinary education.

Here are the top 10 tips for becoming a good cook:

# Be creative and think what can you prepare with a particular vegetable, spice, fish, or meat. In the initial stages of cooking, a lot of errors and mess ups are common. Don't be scared. Cooking in an art and one can master this art by trial and error. So, don't get disheartened if you have messed up a recipe.

# The more you cook, the more you'll become familiar with different ingredients and come up with some extraordinary dish. Invite your friends and take their opinion, however inedible your recipes are. In this way, you'll know where you are missing out.

# If you travel a lot, try learning some of the exotic local recipes and taste some of the best recipes of that place. In this way, you will come to know a lot of facts about food and flavors. Sampling local food will definitely raise your standard of taste. Try to understand the aroma of the different food that you eat.

# Read good cookbooks. A nicely written cookbook can make you a good cook in no time at all. Start with selecting easy to prepare recipes and then try out the harder ones. Once you are confident in experimenting with different recipes, you can cook with natural ease. There are cookbooks on every kinds of cuisines imaginable.

# Have a well stocked kitchen, if you want to become a confident cook. Keep all necessary ingredients handy, so that you find what you need. For example, keep sugar, white flour, wheat flour, beans, rice, canned soups, dried pastas, cereals and spices in one shelf. Keep the freezer stocked with vegetables and frozen meats. In short, have a pantry that is well organized and easy to access.

# Buy the correct cookware. It need not be costly and the finest. A basic pans and pots set will suffice. A proper cookware set helps you in cleaning quickly and uniform heating. Also, install a good utensil rack in your kitchen so that your pots and pans fit in properly. This way, it will free up the cabinet space. You will also need a good set of knives for cutting and chopping. A good cutting board and cooking gloves(if you do a lot of baking and grilling) are also necessary for any kitchen.proper cookware

# Have fun when you cook. Don a chef's hat and wear an apron. This will give you confidence and help you prepare meals in a fun-filled way. Jokes apart, wearing a chef's hat and apron will save your hair and clothes from oil and heat.

# Take cooking classes from a well-known culinary institute and also watch a lot of television programmes on cooking. Write down the recipes and try to make them at home.

# Be aware of the newer trends of cooking. Know about the different spices and herbs and think how you can use them in your daily cooking. Pay attention to details.

# Be Internet friendly. If you are good with the internet, you can pick up a lot of cooking terms, ethnic and royal recipes, shopping lists and even Q&A sections, from where you get your questions answered by culinary experts.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Durga Puja Celebration

Happy Durga Puja wishesDurga puja is the biggest and most popular festival of the Bengalees. This festival generally falls on the month of October, but sometimes it is also held on mid-September or the end of September, according to the Bengali calender. Although Durga Puja originated in Bengal and celebrated among Bengalees initially, now it has spread to various parts of India. People take part in the celebrations jubilantly and offer their deepest prayers to the Goddess. Durga Puja is a big event in London and the U.S. as well. Several Indian and non-Indian immigrants living abroad get absorbed in the four day long festival and have a gala celebration.

Durga puja is the time to buy new clothes, have whole lot of fun, and get reunited with friends, family and distant relatives. People forget all worries and engage in fun activities during those four days. Durga puja is a nice log break for students and office goers, as they get to relax and enjoy for some time. The myth of Durga puja is entrenched in ancient Indian mythologies and it is interesting to know the origin of Goddess Durga and her powers. She is the universal symbol of prowess, creation, protection, and righteousness. Weapons in the hands of Durga such as a mace, sword, disc, arrow, and trident symbolizes that one weapon cannot destroy different kinds of enemies. Different weapons must be used to fight enemies depending upon the circumstances.

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Saturday, October 6, 2007


Folks, Halloween month is here at last! Although in India it is not a big event and not celebrated as in the west, people do know about this particular event. For those of you who don't know about Halloween, it is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st. There are traditional events on this day like trick or treating, costume parties, bonfires, tours of haunted mansions etc. Halloween is considered the night of horror, when witches and ghosts roam the face of Earth! Halloween originated from the ancient pagan festival, under the name of Samhain, among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain.

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