Seafood Memories – Part 2

My mom and aunt ran a beauty parlor when I was just a toddler. They definitely were not professionally qualified but I guess they figured they do make up so the rest was just an extension thereof. They did one smart thing though and hired Mary a qualified hair and makeup specialist.  The parlor suffered a fairly quick and painless death but Mary became a family friend and there were trips to her home in Wadala very frequently. For a 6 year old boy turning more and more carnivorous everyday,…

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Questions & Answers – Part 2

We left off last week with these 2 questions to be answered for ourselves before really diving into this business ‘all in’. Do we really see ourselves doing this 5-8 years from now? Why are we really doing this? The second question was the one that really needed to be answered. Sure we loved seafood and wanted much better quality and we wanted variety. This “settling” for inferior quality and lack of options had to stop. We believed that there were more people out there who didn’t realise that they…

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Seafood Memories – Part 1

My earliest recollection of seafood is of mom making fried fish & chips. Of course this only happened after haggling like crazy over like Rs.5 or Rs.10 with our “machhiwali” Suman. White or Silver Pomfret were, by default, huge and cheap! Still, haggling, I always felt, was them having a relationship of some kind. Suman would then take the Pomfret to the balcony behind the kitchen to clean and fillet. This was something I’d always stand and watch her do. It was mesmerizing to me back then. It still is…

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Know Thy Seafood

Ever wondered how the barracuda got its name?  Or the pomfret?  Does the basa sound like an Indian name to you?  What does one mean by crustaceans?  Here’s a look at the origins of some of the names of the aquatic animals belonging to the ‘seafood world’ along with some interesting facts that you may or may not know about them. To begin with, the obvious one – 1. Seafood The term seafood includes fresh and saltwater fish and shellfish. Literally meaning food that is sourced from the sea; sea…

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A Matter of Taste

What We Now Know. So, cooking’s come a long way since humans discovered fire, and with it, has the evolution of our palates. This has progressed to one of those whacky sciences that amaze you with new findings. But it doesn’t stop there. The knowledge is out of labs with people in white coats working in them to the street, where common folk like us want to know if we are supertasters. Matters of the taste buds are serious everyday business. We’re asking for more flavours, colours, and ingredients at…

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