Saturday, 15 June 2019

Pineapple Chutney- Bengali Style.



I am really enjoying being part of the Recipe swap group in facebook where like minded food bloggers join forces and create a recipe from their allocated partners blog. This encourages you to discover new cuisines and broadens your culinary choice. 

This is the June challenge for recipe swap and this month I was allocated  by Priya Iyer' s blog The Photowawali. Her blog features many recipes as well as travel post which I really enjoyed reading.



Looking through Priya's blog I short listed about 5 recipes but finally settled for the Bengali Style Pineapple chutney called Anarosher Chaatni. I recreated the recipe with very little changes and it turned out delicious.  

 



Yield: 1 jar
Author: Nayna Kanabar

Pineapple Chutney-(Bengali Style)

Sweet and tangy Pineapple cooked with an aromatic spice blend to make the tastiest chutney.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 30 M

ingredients:

  • 240g fresh pineapple diced.
  • 2 tablespoons jaggery
  • 1 teaspoon panch phoran (Bengali spice mix found in Asian supermarkets)
  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 red dried chilies
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons raisins (optional) I did not use.

instructions:

How to cook Pineapple Chutney-(Bengali Style)

  1. Add the chopped pineapple into a saucepan and add the water, cook the pineapple for 15 minutes until its soft.
  2. Using a potato masher break down the pineapple. You can blend it in a food processor but I like a coarse texture so just used the masher.
  3. In another pan add the oil , when it's hot add the bay leaf and red chillies.
  4. Next add the panch phoran, cumin, red chilli powder and salt and saute the spices for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the cooked pineapple and the jaggery and cook for another 5 minutes until the jaggery melts and the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Remove the chutney from the flame and allow it to cool. Transfer it to a sterilised jar and store in the fridge.
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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The Grand Expedition by Gingerline




Gingerline- The Grand Expedition gives you a Floating, Feeding & Falling Dream. This is a most unique theatrical dining experience that I have even tried.



The concept is simple you enjoy theater, whilst you are transformed around the world in a hot air balloon. You get to enjoy lovely cuisine in beautiful theatrical surroundings.

The USP of Gingerline is the secrecy of the whole thing. On the day of your booking you are sent a secret location text of the venue by 4pm. This is the start of your adventure. You have to follow the navigation instructions to arrive to the venue . 



The journey begins once you enter the doors. There is no specific dress code however you are encouraged to dress the part by wearing flight goggles, scarfs and hats for the adventure.


Not having all the details and the surprise element is something that was really fun. In this post I am not allowed to share full details as I don’t want to spoil it for those who have booked the experience. 

The entertainment is absolutely amazing and I loved the fact that the audience were invited to participate and be part of all the fun. I throughout enjoyed being asked to join in and had lots of fun.

The actual menu served on the day is also kept secret but rest assured Gingerline cater for all dietary needs and I was totally balled over with the efforts that were made to accommodate my vegan food request. 



The vegan options were excellent and I was rather impressed with the fact that I did not need to remind the waiters once or ask if the dish was suitable for me as they immediately explained each course before serving.  
The first course arrived in those wicker baskets in the photo. Any guesses to what it was?



Drinks were plentiful, there is bar service and diners can pre order drinks to be served at the tables during the show and meal, although you can also order at the table during the performance.


Tables sit 10 persons so this means that you may be sharing a table with a total stranger, unless you have a group of 10 however this does mean that you can make new friends.


You can book your Gingerline Experience on their website. I would highly recommend it as it was really different and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. The food, the entertainment and the ambiance were amazing.

Gingerline experiences change periodically and you can check out their past themes on their website. There is a new show in the making but its theme is  TOP SECRET at the moment.

** In collaboration with Gingerline, I was invited to the show and all the views and opinions are of my experience of the show. All photos provided by Gingerline



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