Did I ever tell you’ll the story of how I started reading blogs? My dream was always to do something in the food industry. And after coming to Mumbai, it grew into something bigger, with my expanding horizons in food. I don’t really remember the first food blog I read, but I know that as I started exploring the food world online, I became a fan of some now extremely established bloggers. Amongst them was Reshmy Kurian – aka Bombay Chowparty. Before moving on, I must tell you about this blog habit of mine. Whenever I read a blog I really like – in its writing and its recipes and its overall user-friendliness – I start from the beginning. I like to go back, read the first post and go on from there till the latest post. And through this I get a glimpse of the blogger, how he/she has grown over the posts, and get a feel of their food personality – if that be a thing.
So, when I first came across Bombay Chowparty, the very name was intriguing. It was at the time when I was very deeply in love with the city, and Girgaon Chowpatty and Marine Drive were – and remain – my favourite places in Mumbai. Plus, the twist on the name was fantastic. So, I started reading and kept on reading and went back to the first post. And through it all Reshmy’s love for food and breads in specific comes through.
It was some years before I met her, and we met briefly at the La Compagnia event. Later, just before I was leaving for Dubai, some of my favourite blogger girls – which includes Reshmy – and I met up at Pizza Express for a chat that turned into a conversation that just refused to stop – we had so much to talk about! That was when I expressed my interest in learning bread baking and how it intimidates me, and Reshmy invited me over the next day. I must say, that was one of the best food days ever! I learnt baking bread from one of the best. She taught me a simple recipe, a kneading technique that made me realise how much exercise my arms and hands needed, and we created some beautiful breads with deliciously simple topping – a baguette, simple round bread and a deliciously crispy foccaccia. We forgot to take pictures of the bread initially and then remembered half-way through!
Here are some photos of the day!
We made two simple round breads – one stuffed with red chillies, garlic and basil and the other stuffed with cranberries and walnut
These gorgeous cherry tomatoes were mixed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and used to top the foccaccia with fresh basil.
The foccacia and the cranberry-walnut bread before going into the oven – with the other breads proving at the back.
The tri-colour of chillies, garlic and basil.
The beautiful crusty foccaccia
All the bread that we baked!
There’s no recipe here – just a few photos to inspire you all to learn bread baking. I am yet to replicate the recipe – but when I do, I shall let you guys know. In the meanwhile, if you get to have a class with Reshmy, please take the opportunity. It is worth it!