Saturday, July 05, 2014

Happiness in a box

    If music be the food of love, play on;
    Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
    The appetite may sicken and die
    That strain again ! it had a dying fall:
     O,it came o'er my ear like the sweet Sound

                        - William Shakespeare

As described so aptly by the great Shakespeare, food is a propellent fuel for love that can create an unparalleled sensation to the olfactory senses and to the sense of taste
The greatest gift of god to mankind is giving him the ability to not just cook food for survival but to give an enriching experience by making him learn to adapt to more beautiful things in the art of cooking
Cooking was no longer a ritual but an art form that was learnt over the years and revered among the greats in this industry. People who had this gift was looked upon as magical masters who could create something extraordinary from basic natural ingredients
One of those life defining moments came when i saw the movie Ratatouille , a wonderful movie about food, where the chief critic Anton Ego says

    "Not everyone can become a great artist
    But a great artist can come from anywhere"

On similar lines, the Chef Gusteau , "Anyone can cook, but only the fearless can become great".With this inspiration I sat down to make a fine meal ,after scouring hundreds of recipe books and finally decided upon a beautiful dish called Corn Au Gratin
 Corn au Gratin is one of the finest , yet a difficult dish to prepare and basically made up of Corn Kernels baked in white sauce with Spinach
One of the main items for cooking a Corn Au Gratin is the microwave vessel which is of paramount importance in maintaining the balance, texture and heat of the food while inside the oven
What other choice do I have than to use the Borosil Microwave Mixing Bowl and Serving plate to prepare this delicious dish
The cooking process :

Summary :
Vegetables, Baby corn ,sauce & paneer are baked together till the cheese melts and nicely browned. It is  then later served with garlic breadsticks

Ingredients

2 cups chopped mixed vegetables
1 cup of  baby corn
1/2 cup of fresh paneer or cheese cubes (whichever available)
1 tablespoon of oil

White Sauce preparation :
2 table spoons of  maida
1-2 cups of  milk
1/4 cup grated & processed cheese
1/2 table spoon of garlic ( optional !)
1/2 tsp dry red chilli flakes (probably from an old pizza sachet)
2 spoons of butter 

Toppings
Grated cheese or cheese slices
Bread crumbs (preferably from toasted bread)

Microwave Vessels :
Borosil Mixing Bowl
Borosil Pizza plate or serving plate
Borosil Gourmet Cook & Serve Plate

Serving

For the white sauce
Heat the butter in a pan and sprinkle chilli flakes for 1 to 2 seconds.
Add the maida/dough it for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the milk gradually stirring continuously so that lumps do not form. Keep adding water and mix it well
Almost boil it , further which add the cheese, salt and pepper and mix it well.

Main Dish
Cook the paneer cubes in oil on a non stick pan till they are lightly browned.
Combine the vegetables,baby corn and the white sauce and mix well.
Pour into an Borosil Pizza plate or a serving plate and sprinkle the grated cheese,bread crumbs on top.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 to 15 minutes till the cheese melts and is lightly browned using the Borosil Microwave plate
Serve with warm garlic breadsticks

The Visual Spectacle
The corn au gratin that has come out of the Microwave looks like a delicious treat , like finding a diamond mine in a barren desert
The  milk and chilly flakes adds to the colour  of the golden or light yellow cheese colour with the molten corn and vegetables interlaced with white sauce
The borosil serving plate adds to the  richness of the food with the glistening glass bowl reflecting the multilayered corn cheese dish to make it look it like a food served only to the royalty
Do try out the dish and let me know how it came out for you

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