Tag Archives: tradition

Portuguese food in Macau

30 Dec

sanjay-matta

Sanjay Matta, is a freelance Chef specializing in French Cuisine. Having got his Diploma in “The Chef Course and Culinary Arts” at Institut de Formation (INFA), Chantilly, (France), he has been a consultant chef for Dune Beach Eco Hotel in Pondicherry, 10 Downing street pub & restaurant in Chennai to name a few.

I was in Macau last week on a culinary tour to the region and was being introduced to the food there. The locals are very proud of their heritage and rich influences from their colonial past. I was recalling that this is much the same as at home, where our food has been so much influenced by our colonists that we don’t realize how much. Much of the food that we eat today has its roots in the colonization of the “new world” during the 17th to 19th century. Along with trade and commerce an inter-mingling of culture and architecture was in process. Food habits were evolving thick and fast. Continue reading

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If It’s Food…

30 Sep

sanjay-matta

Sanjay Matta, is a freelance Chef specializing in French Cuisine. Having got his Diploma in “The Chef Course and Culinary Arts” at Institut de Formation (INFA), Chantilly, (France), he has been a consultant chef for Dune Beach Eco Hotel in Pondicherry, 10 Downing street pub & restaurant in Chennai to name a few.

If it’s food, there’s more to it than meets the eye. Food as it is today is not just for the stomach but increasingly becoming a fashion statement. The pundits of high street may call it ‘haute cuisine’ but every thing on the plate is not high in the literal sense. Where did this journey start from? It is rather difficult to pin down the exact date. Continue reading

Ye Olde Deepavali the Tambrahm way by V. Sriram

30 Oct

A wonderfully nostalgic offering from V. Sriram, author of ‘Carnatic Summer’ and well-known speaker, writer and music critic, who keeps track of changing Chennai in a traditionally festive season.

Nowadays Madras is called Chennai. Deepavali as it used to be properly called in olden time (not so long ago, how old do you think I am) is now Divali. Perhaps it is representative of the changing trends in this, our city. Last year I received an invitation for a cards party on the eve of Divali. To say I was surprised would be to put it mildly. Card sessions were always popular in the North where it is considered auspicious to lose money on the eve of Divali. But that they flourished outside Sowcarpet in Madras was news to me. Continue reading

Spare time pursuits

30 May

Sujatha Pelletier

Continuing our series of guest writers, Sujatha Pelletier, whose parents Manohar and Mahema Devadoss have been part of Chennai’s literary and cultural scene for the last several decades, and whose life as a mother and wife of a representative of the US government in different corners of the world has been richly rewarding, writes…

Amongst the many things that keep my family coming back to Chennai every year is the fact that my native city does not always yield its sweaty charms to those who prefer the convenience of franchised and branded cultural experiences. The exertions of the hunt may be tiresome to some, but they merely whet the appetite for one who, having lived in 8 countries in the past 17 years, has found that things are not always what they seem. Continue reading