Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ananda Vikatan - Express Cooking part 2

Here's part 2 of the 52 part series Express Cooking. All the 10 recipes were cooked using one small saucepan, 10 plastic cups, 1 mixie, 1 knife, a 7 compartment spice box and 1 microwave. It took me around 40 minutes to cook 10 dishes ( photos at the left) and this time includes  kitchen cleanup time too !   

From next week onwards we move on to One page cookbooks which free you from the tyranny of a single recipe, and shows how you can mix and match stuff according to a few simple rules.

I promise you that you'll find this way much more fun, creative and fulfilling than slavishly duplicating a recipe.

I've had my share of ribbing from friends on Ramki, the Kitchen King title. But I guess I have to learn to live with it as I guess Vikatan would persist in addressing me as such throughout this series ! 


Mythreyee said...

Sounds very interesting - 10 dishes in 40 mins, including cleanup. Way to go Ramki. hats off!

Lavi said...

You really make things easy! 10 recipe's in 40 minutes, is a Great Trick too..

Priya said...

Thats so great!

jayasree said...

Great series. Getting published in vikatan, will surely give you more reach and help many who doesn't know abt blogs and the like.

I am yet to see it in the magazine. Once my MIL is back here, i will get to see the issues regularly.

Good luck to you and you truly deserves the title.

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