Miriam Paul gives you a real taste of Anglo-Indian cuisine
Miriam Paul turns her home kitchen into a culinary road trip, serving up everything from classic favourites from the Anglo-Indian community and Thai delicacies to hearty a�?continentala�� fare, with elaborate desserts, cakes and cookies to boot. a�?I think I have over 100 dishes in my repertoire,a�? she reveals of her catering service, aptly nameda��Anglo Banglo.
Growing up on the finest of Anglo-Indian fare, she naturally focuses her expertise on that particular cuisine. From the quintessential railway mutton curry and vindaloo to the classic dal mash (pronounced dol mash), youa��re likely to be spoiled for choice. A favourite amongst her customers is the bad word curry or ball curry, made with either minced beef or lamb, and traditionally eaten with devila��s chutneya��a lethal combination of onions, dried red chilies and vinegar a�� and of course coconut rice. She also makes a fine chicken ball curry a�� a crowd pleasing compromise at a recently held flea market. a�?My family wasna��t too happy with the idea of chicken ball curry, but it turned out to be quite a hit as the texture was finer,a�? she shares.
A few of her other top dishes include the gammon ham roll, bacon and caramelised onion quiche and zucchini, bell pepper and onion quiche. If ita��s dip
youa��re looking for, we suggest you try her Thai papaya dip, jalapeno corn dip or the more sinful (and popular) bacon dip.
A large section dedicated to cakes and desserts include tempting treats like parfait, truffle tarts, orange cake with cream cheese frosting, apple pie, mixed fruits pie, and even hazelnut biscotti or rosemary lemon cookies to go with a pot of refreshing tea.
While most orders require two-days notice, a few specials like the smoked beef, chicken, mutton and pork need to be ordered a week prior in order to get the whole smoking process, carefully done in-house, spot on.
`400 upwards. Details: facebook.com/anglobanglokitchen
S & Na��s new line lets your skin do all the talking
Evoluzione stocks the latest collection by Shivan & Narresh, that seeks to celebrate the negative space of body art a�� the body itself. Geared towards the autumn-winter season, the collection sees monochromes teamed with lemon tints in brazen resortwear, with a special emphasis on the a�?subtle seduction of the skin.a�?
Bold, lacerated signature maillots, bikinis and trikinis occupy the shelves and are marked by gashed facets. Apart from swimwear, the range also includes cut out dresses and saris. The dresses feature colour-blocked sorbet shades, bright pops of colour to take you through the bleak winter months. The saris too come in slinky fabrics with vibrant summer shades and graphic prints for those who would like to keep it traditional yet stylish.
A must have piece is their black cocktail dress with cut outs at the hips and back, which you can take to another level with crimson lip colour and a statement gold cuff. Also look out for a slinky ombre pale blue and salmon one-shoulder dress with a thigh high slit.
Rs.5,000 upwards. At Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41121088
Whackylicious a�� a book for and by children
Aparna Raman of Timbuktoo Young Authors Publishing lets her chargesa�� creativity run wild, on paper. A product of her creative writing workshops, the publishing housea��s second anthology, Whackylicious, is just that a�� whacky, outlandish and quirky.
A total of 15 children, aged between five to 12, put pen to paper to paint pictures with their words, for like-minded peers. The book includes poems, stories and essays and topics are varied and totally whimsical with some of the titles of chapters including The Person Ia��d Like To Meet, The Sapphire Thief, Bang Bang The Nightingale Sang, Why Planets Circle The Sun, What If The World Was Upside Down, If Yellow Was A Letter and The Crocodile Who Went Shopping. The collection deals with themes like humour, mystery, and fantasy, often breathing new life into the mundane through childish observations and vivid descriptions.
The book is colourful and pictorial with the graphic design done by Aseem Gautam. The fun illustrations are by Kavita Arvind, a faculty member at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology. So if the words dona��t get kidsa�� attention, the design definitely will. Released at Atta Galatta by Vikram Sridhar last week, the book will be available at Lightroom Bookstore from December 6. Details: timbuktoopublishing.com
Get in step with the newest high fashion shoe brand a�� Call It Spring
HIGH street label, Aldoa��s, sister concern Call It Spring, enters the city, giving those with a shoe fetish much to cheer about. Located in Garuda Mall, the brand was founded by Aldo Bensadoun in 1991. It is currently present in 900 locations worldwide, with the store here being part of its expansion plans into the Southern hemisphere.
The brand spells youthfulness and charisma with bags, wallets and clutches too finding place on its racks. Easier on the wallet than Aldo, the products come in tasteful colours and embellishments, that are minimalistic yet stylish.
On the racks
The store stocks a comprehensive collection of boots, shoes and sandals for both women and men, that combine creativity with functionality. Neatly separated into flats, wedges, high heels, mid heels, sneakers, platforms, occasion wear and boots that are calf length, knee length and ankle length, a true blue shoe lover will be spoilt for choice. Mainly made from pu, high quality imitation leather, suede also makes an occasional appearance, while pure leather shoes are few and far between. Amongst the collection of flats, a pair of suede ballerinas in deep midnight blue with a netted fabric detailing and a thin bow caught our eye, along with a pair of dull gold loafers in perforated pu. Their collection of boots definitely got our attention as well, especially a neutral brown knee length number, finished with gorgeous gold coloured buckles.
The collections are largely inspired by street trends from the worlda��s fashion capitals like Milan, Paris and New York with their designers working as much as a year in advance, keeping their fingers on the pulse of high fashion and striving to stay ahead of the game, by carrying out in-depth research and forecasting. Rs.2,890 upwards. At Magrath Road. A�Details: 40698888