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Baked marinated tofu?

There is a really great Chow video on roasting tofu - ever since I saw that video, its the only way I prepare tofu. After its done roasting, I toss it with dressing, bbq sauce, marinade (soy sauce, cilantro, sesame oil, ginger, garlic) - anything. Its delicious!

Jun 11, 2010
Shazza in Home Cooking

My new addiction: cilantro chutney..... how can i eat more of it?

My mum adds diced boiled potatoes to the chutney for a yummy side dish. I also like these chutney potatoes stuffed between 2 slices of bread as a sandwich.

You can also use it as a condiment on sandwiches (just be sure to eat the sandwiches quickly so the bread doesn't get soggy!)

Apr 17, 2010
Shazza in Home Cooking

Brunch in Murray Hill

For a different type of brunch, I highly recommend Saravannas for brunch - the spicy sambar, idlis and dosas are a typical South Indian brunch. This is my favourite Murray Hill brunch spot.

Mar 15, 2010
Shazza in Manhattan

Summer veggies - what r u making?

I made this delicious broccoli pesto pasta tonight. I'm not sure if broccoli is a 'summer' veggie but i can certainly get it in my neighbourhood. The final product is light, refreshing and healthy - exactly what I want to eat on a warm summer night.

Jun 27, 2009
Shazza in Home Cooking

Chaat Bar

I'm no expert on chaat (apart from eating it!) but my mum makes the best chaat, at home from scratch. Anyway, her tactic for serving a lot of people is to make several small batches. Make a batch for 10-15 ppl, then make another batch once the first is done.

It's really hard to estimate how long it'll stay 'crisp' because it will matter on the types/brand/size of crisps you use.

Jun 16, 2009
Shazza in Home Cooking

Bridal/Baby shower menu

The Goddess sala dressing from Trader Joes is exactly what you're after here. I use it in place of mayo and hollandaise all the time. It's yummy and creamy and definitely not mayo.

May 10, 2009
Shazza in Home Cooking

Vegetarian main dishes?

Do a fondue? You can use all sort of veggies and bread as the dippers.

Or maybe for a more mexican version (and more college student appropriate) you could make a queso sauce and have corn chips etc do a do-it-yourself nacho bar?

May 10, 2009
Shazza in Home Cooking

frugal gourmet

Wine is not my area of specialty but hit if Trader Joes Wine Shop if you have one nearby.

For the main dish, I would suggest an Indian curry (maybe butter chicken?) or biriyani as they can easily be cooked for a large crowd and for under $25.

May 01, 2009
Shazza in Home Cooking

Murray Hill eats

If your decision isn't already made: one more cuisine/restaurant to throw into the equation: Ethos - great for Mediterranean/Greek food.

Apr 29, 2009
Shazza in Manhattan

Delicious Sunday Lunch - E 30s or so

Have you tried Prespa in Murry Hill?? It's a nice quiet dining room with a upscale decor. Food is tapas style but very inventive (not your typical options). We enjoyed everything we had very much.

Apr 29, 2009
Shazza in Manhattan

Vegetarian entree ideas for formal wedding

I would do a handmade giant ravioli (4-5 to a plate) with a sage-butter sauce. For the ravioli filling, maybe something nutty and cheesy e.g pistachio and goats cheese + fresh herbs? (not sure abt that, just made it up - but you get the idea...

Apr 27, 2009
Shazza in General Topics

Great Indian? Not too expensive

My personal favourite for cheap indian is Chennai Garden - it's not as crowded as Saravanaas and I find they do both North Indian and South Indian dishes well.

Apr 22, 2009
Shazza in Manhattan

Bright Venue for Summer Bridal Shower

I hosted a baby shower this past weekend at Arium in the Meatpacking district. It's a lovely sunny room with large windows, very traditional ambiance with fine china and lots of hard wood, baby grand piano etc. The food was also very lovely. I'd recommend adding it to your short list.

Apr 22, 2009
Shazza in Manhattan