Starters that make you look like a pro

It’s been raining quite heavily these days. Going out after work’s often a pain.

On evenings like these all one wants to do is to curl up in front of the TV and catch up on The Godfather trilogy or on the next episode of Breaking Bad. Often friends drop in leading to impromptu movie nights. A well stocked bar helps and hot food to go with it.

This is the weather to laze and the last thing you want to do is to spend hours in the kitchen. You can order in but then how would you show off your skills in the kitchen then?

Here are a couple of starter ideas which will make your guests look at you with new respect and won’t make you really sweat it out.

Rainy Day Sausages

Ingredients: 250 g sausages, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons of hot sauce (mix of ketchup, Tabasco, crushed pepper), 2 cheese slices

  • Heat a teaspoon of olive or regular vegetable oil
  • Put in a teaspoon of finely chopped peeled garlic. Stir till they brown a bit
  • Add in 250 g of sausages (chicken or pork) cut into rings
  • Add in the hot sauce - some crushed black pepper, ketchup, Tabasco sauce.
  • Gently stir till the skin of the sausages turn brown
  • Add 2 slices of cheese and let these melt in
  • Switch of the burner
  • That’s it
  • stuffed mushrooms recipe

    Portabella Umbrellas

    Ingredients: 250 g portabella mushrooms, 2 tablespoons of feta cheese, some finely chopped parsley

  • Remove the stalks from the mushrooms
  • Stuff half a teaspoon each of feta in the hollow area where the stalks were. Place the mushrooms (cheese facing up) on a baking dish greased with a bit of extra virgin olive oil
  • Preheat your oven at 200 C for 10 min
  • Put in the mushrooms for 10 min at 200 C in the preheated oven
  • Once done garnish by adding a bit of parsley on the cheese
  • Serve
  • Article and photos by – Kalyan Karmakar

    Kalyan Karmakar will travel to any lengths for a good meal starting with his own kitchen. He is a consumer insights and social media specialist. He documents his food and travel stories in his blog www.finelychopped.net He considers it his life’s mission to give men the confidence to cook so that they don’t have to depend on anyone else to eat well. He lives in Mumbai.

    Follow him - @finelychopped

    four seasons wine food pairing

    Four Seasons Recommends -

    A misty rainy evening with delicious starters is best enjoyed with Four Season Shiraz. The beautiful spiced aromas and velvety jammy notes offer a pleasurable experience. Moreover drink your red wine at 16 °-18° C because wine is best enjoyed at this temperature. You can keep the bottle in the fridge of 10 min and then in the open for 5 min approximately to bring wine at the right temperature.

    Starters that make you look like a pro

    Kalyan Karmakar

    It’s been raining quite heavily these days. Going out after work’s often a pain.

    On evenings like these all one wants to do is to curl up in front of the TV and catch up on The Godfather trilogy or on the next episode of Breaking Bad. Often friends drop in leading to impromptu movie nights. A well stocked bar helps and hot food to go with it.

    This is the weather to laze and the last thing you want to do is to spend hours in the kitchen. You can order in but then how would you show off your skills in the kitchen then?

    Here are a couple of starter ideas which will make your guests look at you with new respect and won’t make you really sweat it out.

    Rainy Day Sausages

    Ingredients: 250 g sausages, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons of hot sauce (mix of ketchup, Tabasco, crushed pepper), 2 cheese slices

  • Heat a teaspoon of olive or regular vegetable oil
  • Put in a teaspoon of finely chopped peeled garlic. Stir till they brown a bit
  • Add in 250 g of sausages (chicken or pork) cut into rings
  • Add in the hot sauce - some crushed black pepper, ketchup, Tabasco sauce.
  • Gently stir till the skin of the sausages turn brown
  • Add 2 slices of cheese and let these melt in
  • Switch of the burner
  • That’s it
  • stuffed mushrooms recipe

    Portabella Umbrellas

    Ingredients: 250 g portabella mushrooms, 2 tablespoons of feta cheese, some finely chopped parsley

  • Remove the stalks from the mushrooms
  • Stuff half a teaspoon each of feta in the hollow area where the stalks were. Place the mushrooms (cheese facing up) on a baking dish greased with a bit of extra virgin olive oil
  • Preheat your oven at 200 C for 10 min
  • Put in the mushrooms for 10 min at 200 C in the preheated oven
  • Once done garnish by adding a bit of parsley on the cheese
  • Serve
  • Article and photos by – Kalyan Karmakar

    Kalyan Karmakar will travel to any lengths for a good meal starting with his own kitchen. He is a consumer insights and social media specialist. He documents his food and travel stories in his blog www.finelychopped.net He considers it his life’s mission to give men the confidence to cook so that they don’t have to depend on anyone else to eat well. He lives in Mumbai.

    Follow him - @finelychopped

    four seasons wine food pairing

    Four Seasons Recommends -

    A misty rainy evening with delicious starters is best enjoyed with Four Season Shiraz. The beautiful spiced aromas and velvety jammy notes offer a pleasurable experience. Moreover drink your red wine at 16 °-18° C because wine is best enjoyed at this temperature. You can keep the bottle in the fridge of 10 min and then in the open for 5 min approximately to bring wine at the right temperature.

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