Marriages, they say are made in heaven. But being a happily married man for the past 19 years to gorgeous Alyona, I would add, 'Marriages are enriched and strengthened at the dining table!' Food has a wonderful way of uniting people – a meal prepared and enjoyed together creates bonds and memories that will last forever. Every dish, every meal has a story or evokes a memory. The history of a romance or a marriage can very often be recorded and described by the meals one has enjoyed as a couple.
This book is one that I hope will make memories for your new life together. There are ideas in here for intimate meals : frothy Mushroom Cappuccino will have you licking your lips, exotic Black Grape Pani Puri will make you drool for more, and Stir Fried Chicken with Chillies and Basil will add a touch of heat and spice to the occasion.
Entertaining friends and relatives in your home can be nerve-wracking. I have made it easier for you by giving you recipes to wow your in-laws and win over your partners friends with a selection of delicious fare that is designed to impress. Turn out a tropical Virgin Pina Colada accompanied by exotic Chao Tom ( Prawns on Sugarcane sticks ) ; Garlic Chilli Crabs and Spicy Chicken Fried Rice on Basil Leaves; and for a grand finale, present a show stopping Tiramisu or Chocolate Nut Fondue!
There are recipes for those times you just want to chill out with your pals over something quick and casual, and something cool to wash it down all with. Crisp Mexican Chaat, tongue-searing Chicken 65 and a chilled Kokum and Anar Slush will help you to do just that.
If it's comfort food you are looking for when you just want to pamper yourselves with something soul-satisfying, cook up some speedy Sindhi Kadhi to smother a heaping portion of rice, or a steaming bowl of aromatic Chicken Laksa. But if you want to cut back on the calories without sacrificing the taste, choose the no-oil Mutton Dhansak or Penne Arrabbiata.
When the mehndi has faded, the strains of the shehnai are becoming a beautiful memory, and the frentic excitement of the wedding has settled into a gentle routine, reach for this book to create delicious memories that will last a lifetime.
Wishing you many years of married bliss, and remember, a couple that eats together, stays together!
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