Memory String 2018 Unravelled #2

Beat this now! I’m getting better at planning! I actually managed to time the second part of my ‘best of 2018’ and am publishing it on the last day of the year! I could go on and on about how amazing it feels but let’s keep it short and sweet today. It is a Monday, several of us are battling…

Memory String 2018 Unravelled #1

It’s been a few days since the giveaway was announced. The winners have been declared and handed over their loot. While in the process of putting together bags for the giveaway winners, I decided to send out a few to friends who’ve been a rock for me in the past year; and some to people who’ve inspired me time and…

Carrot & Date Rolls

I never thought I would say this but my phone is having a mid-life crisis at the age of two!  No, seriously! All was well till I finished watching the latest episode of Masterchef Australia Season 10 early on Thursday (say 1 am-ish). All continued to be well on Thursday morning as I shuffled into the kitchen, placed the phone…

fromthecornertable, from the corner table, labanga latika, labangalatika, clove, sweet, mithai, mawa, mishti, bengalisweet, bengali sweet

Labanga Latika | Sweet Clove Parcels

It’s amazing the way certain foods trigger memories of times gone by, relations lost in the passage of time – the memory brightening your mood faster than a cup of coffee or a quart of ice cream can. Labanga latika, a Bengali sweet dish, is one such food item for me. I don’t remember a time when I’ve not eaten…

Mewe ka Paag | Dried Fruit-&-nut Bar

Spot a festival marked on the calendar and I immediately start grilling my mother about the food. The latest conversation went something like this… Me: Maa! It’s Janmashtami on September 3. What’s special on the menu for the day?Maa: Hmmm… I could make payesh but then you are lactose intolerant so…Me: Okay. What else?Maa: Your grandmother made delicacies when we…

Greek Souvlaki, from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

Greek Style Kebabs, the Chicken Souvlaki


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My first meal in Athens was recommended by the owner of the traditional Greek grill house where we had gone for a late dinner. The gentlemen had suggested we try the souvlaki platter and/or gyros. “Never ignore food suggestions from a local” is a mantra I live by. So we went ahead and ordered the souvlaki, gyros and some extras to ensure that we overindulge! The gentleman had been right all along. The souvlaki and gyros were a revelation to the tastebuds!

Reminiscent of the traditional kebab eaten in India – and part of Middle Eastern cuisine – the souvlaki is seasoned, bite-sized pieces of meat grilled on a skewer and served with pita, garnishes, salad and fried potatoes. Some servings include a helping of the tzatziki too. Considered a popular fast food by the locals, there seems to be a souvlaki outlet in every other lane of Athens. You will probably not go wrong at most of these places but I will vouch for the Tasty Corner on Chiou Street. Overlooking a churchyard, this is a friendly joint with a semi-open kitchen.

Coming back to the present, writing about a place makes me crave the food – as always! – so I did some research on souvlaki. And imagine my surprise when I realised this is one dish that is a smooth ride for a kitchen novice like me!

Athens Panathenaic Stadium, from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

Athens, Where History Lies Under the Sun #2

Up until a few months ago, a mention of Olympic Games would have entailed a spirited discussion about the performances of Indian players and the support they need, the freakily high medal tallies of some countries, Nadia Comăneci (my first memory of all things Olympics), a goosebump-inducing video titled ‘Freedom Run’ played on the national television back in the 1980s-90s…

Skordalia & Tzatziki, from the corner table, #fromthecornertable

‘Dip’ it Greek Style: Skordalia & Tzatziki

I will forever be indebted to the hostess at the Moma Rest & Cafe on Adrianou Street, Athens, who introduced me to the wonderful union of Greek dips and freshly baked pita bread. Thank you! It was a ‘perfect’ moment as I sampled the freshly baked warm pita bread dunked in cool tzatziki, my senses doing a jig in delight…