My first story (and photographs) for BBC Good Food India magazine covers the restaurant Chez Mariannick, in the Off the Eaten Track section. Do check the April 2012 issue. If you love good food, you must subscribe to BBC Good Food online. And I’m not saying this only because I’m writing for them. This magazine is full of inspirations for enthusiastic cooks.
After indulging on food through the weekend (trying out new restaurants, having friends over or going out to friends’ places) Sunday evenings are mostly just salad based dinners. Neither do I have the appetite or the energy or enthusiasm to cook and eat anything elaborate on a Sunday evening.
It was no different this Sunday evening, when I went up to the garden, plucked a few things, soaked them in a sink full of water.
Basket of freshly plucked produce sitting in a water bath
Come supper time, I quickly put together the ingredients to make a deliciously refreshing salad, perfect for the hot evenings in Bangalore. I must say that my salad making skills have been encouraged by two factors. One, the terrace garden that is always a source of a few fresh salad greens, and two, my two friends – Ajit Nandini, who are full of praise for any salad I put together. So I’ve decided to blog more of my impulsive salad making sprees.
Growing the multi coloured carrots has been a most fun experience, because when you pull it out of the ground, you don’t know which colour it is going to be. Also, the purple carrots, when peeled are yellow inside, as shown in the picture below.
The purple carrot is yellow on peeling!
Now, rocket / arugula / rucola, I’m so in love with this spicy salad green, that I simply cannot have enough of it. I’ve let the first batch of rocket sown grow into a jungle, literally, so I can let them go to seed and then collect the seeds to share with friends, and sow more rocket in my garden. I’ve been using them in every salad, made pesto, added it to pasta, and even to a mint and coriander chutney with brilliant results. I’m surprised how my crush over rocket is sustaining over the last 9 months. Some nurseries in Bangalore sell the seeds. If you are in and around Whitefield, I’d love to share some of the rocket seeds with you. It’s extremely easy to grow, even in pots. Give it a try!
Summer fresh salad with Carrots, Herbs and Watermelon
Time taken – Under 10 minutes, apart from the time taken to wash and dry greens