Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

I'm linking up with Patty for her new blog venture - The Weekend Wrap Up! I already posted a sort of sneak peek of part of my Saturday....but a lot more happened after that. It turned out be a food centric weekend which is fairly unusual for me, who happens to eat basically to keep body and soul together! Not that I don't enjoy a good meal, but to have 3 major gastronomic experiences over one weekend with zero exercise is a bit heavy - no pun intended - for me!

I started out Saturday by heading to Q-mart, the "NRI" grocery store here....I say that cos it carries all the US products we "US to India returnees" are all used to.....lettuce, red and yellow peppers, broccoli, fancy cheeses, Italian products, imported cereals etc etc, all at exorbitant prices which supposedly we rupee to dollar converters can afford, along with bratty ex-pat kids whining for this and that!!!! And so naturally I came home armed with everything I needed to make pizza for dinner and some lovely pink oriental lilies to set the weekend mood!
Then I started cooking......lunch was egg curry, dal tadka, masala kulchas and kheer! Here are some pics but for a more detailed description, read this!
This was followed by the mandatory "nap following a heavy lunch" siesta with a bit of blogging and TV watching thrown in. My parents were visiting so I ditched my visit to the gym and languished on the couch instead chatting with them.

Later that evening I started prep work for my homemade pizza...granted home made tastes way better than restaurant ordered, but sometimes the effort is so much...I wonder!!! Anyway, I chopped, I diced, I cored and I sliced, I pitted and I peeled.....onions, mushrooms, yellow and red peppers, olives, garlic etc etc. Then I rolled and baked the dough, added all the toppings and then after every permutation and combination possible - with and without onions, with and without mushrooms, with and without olives....we ate!!! It was good, I'll admit...but next time we're going to Little Italy! I now present pizza pics...
After dinner I watched the music talent show, Sa Re Ga Ma, but it was more gabbing and less singing so I switched to CWG till sleep came a calling!

Sunday morning was a cleaning frenzy for me. Three of our friends were coming home and then we were all heading to Beyond Coffee for lunch. 2 of the 3 are avid readers of my blog...so I HAD to clean so the house looked like the pics they have seen on my blog. We design bloggers all know that our homes never look like quite as neat and tidy as the blog pics would have others believe....well maybe some do...but not mine, not with our 2 dogs and all the commotion that happens here!! But cleaning house is therapeutic for me...it relaxes me, so its a win win! So anyways they came by around noon, one of them Sunita, knowing my weakness for Italian/Spanish inspired ceramic ware and pottery brought me this stunning dish as a gift!
Then we all trooped off for lunch and spent a good couple of hours eating and talking. BC has an art exhibit by one Ridhima going on....but as talented as she is, her style held no appeal for me, so I opted out of taking any pics. I focussed on the food instead....started with a mocktail, a concoction of litchi juice, blue curacao, a dash of lemon and soda, then creamy yellow orange and carrot soup, half a plate of veg lasagna smothered in cheese and a cappucino. It was fun!

After lunch, again a quick nap, then I went off to my friend Usha's place for Golu in the evening. Came back home in time for dinner which I insisted be a light protein shake!! Then some more CWG, blogging, reading and then off to bed!

A quick disclaimer.....my weekends are never this exhausting..usually they are pretty laid back...this was unusual!

15 comments:

purplehomes said...

what a fun filled yummy weekend! The pizza looks divine & that ceramic plate...awww!!

Sayantani said...

i love these kinda food filled yummy weekened especially if someone else is cooking for me. the pictures show the great time you had with food and friends..

brinda nilesh said...

WOWWWW!!
loved the menu as much as the presentation!!totally inspirational!:)

PreeOccupied said...

I have been witness to this on FB, so I have the right to have a slice of that pizza. Yours should be a food Blog. Gorgeous food. Brilliant colors.

Kamini said...

I think we seriously need to plan that bloggers get together in some far off exotic locale...and each of us gets to cook a dish. I'll make pizza...Pree you make that chana dal recipe you posted or that yummy alu chop, Sayantani.....i followed your egg curry recipe so you make that. Prachi and Brinda...you guys get to eat!! What say???

Shampa said...

lovely pics of mouth watering food. Could you please post Golu pics too!

Patricia Torres said...

Gosh.. thats a super busy weekend.. After seeing the pizza I forgot about the rest of what was written there.. The pizza looks awesome.. yumm yumm!! Your food photography is awesome...

Kamini.. my kids fall under that bratty NRI kids.. category.. (I simply had to laugh)..

Oh.. and I hope the rest of your week is more relaxed.. Thanks so so much for joining the weekly madness.. Loads of love! :-)

GB said...

oooh, everything is delicious---the food and the dishes. How about everyone else eats and I get to clean (the party room of) the dishes.

*looks VERY innocent*

Emreen said...

Wow !!! what a lovely gift... The tray luks soo colorful... !! And the pizza luks soo yummy.... !!Very nice snap shots... !!! The flower arrangement is beautiful... !!! ;-) ;-) .... By the way, the spoons and the kheer bowl - they are just exquisite... !!!

brinda nilesh said...

@kamini:2 bloggers who r idols...far off locale..they'll cook and we get to eat!!
this is like having the cake and eating it too!
quite literally!!
super cool idea!!

Shanthi said...

Wow!!!!!! Kamini What a blog!!!!! U seem to have a midas touch to everything u attempt to. The first time I hit your blog I was up until 3 in the night. That was last week and no looking back since then :-). Am too from Hyderabad living in Norway and hope to see you someday.

Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

Sounds like a lovely weekend...if there is good food, my weekends are always great!:) I love the table ware you used for your desi meal...:) and the pizza, you will share the recipe, won't you?

Kamini said...

Sharon....just e mailed you the recipe. The table ware......the 2 copper bowls I bought way way back, almost 20 years ago in Bangalore, the copper drinking jug here in Hyderabad's general bazaar.
Emreen - the silver kheer bowls and spoons...my mom gave me years ago, I don't even remember when...!!

Sound Horn Please said...

Your brassware and silverware are SO gorgeous! Can't believe you made pizza from scratch! Even our Italian friends here take the shortcut :)

Preeti said...

What a lovely treat for the eyes!!! Beautiful, wonderful...I love your blog.