Idiot’s Guide to Mulled Wine – Insanely Simple & Cheap !


Red wine is certainly one of the most popular and more socially accepted drinking options in winter;  well, it just got exponentially better with mulling spices added to it. It is a fantastic option for several (valid) reasons,

1) It is a brilliant concoction to keep yourself warm in the colder months

2) Easiest to make and requires absolutely no expert culinary skills

3) And most importantly, it enhances the flavour of cheap wine!

And the joy of making something as fine as this within a $10 budget is unparalleled, and trust me when I say it leaves you patting yourself on the back. Although googling Mulled Wine brings up a plethora of recipes, mostly with the same set of details, my recipe is probably the most simplest. Yeah, like how could a four bulleted recipe get any simpler? This way,

What you’ll need and mind you, this is a bare minimum, less fussier and straight to the point RECIPE; after all who wants to waste time with these sort of things, right?

SPICES – Get cinnamon sticks, star anise and cloves; Don’t get anything more, this will impart enough flavour! And just QTR a handful will do. It’s precious, let’s not go overboard !

Lemon – 2 wedges

Raw sugar – 1 tbsp

Orange/ Orange Juice – doesn’t matter; I tried with both, and I can tell you whichever is around is just fine. Although if you are using oranges, you need to use some water initially to brew the spices.

Red Wine – I preferred using the Precious Earth Shiraz Merlot 2013. Bought it at Aldi for $2.69. No, don’t judge me yet! It’s a pretty decent wine and hey, that’s the point here, we are transforming mediocre drinks into delectable ones!

Insanely Mulled Wine Method

Now get a brewing pot and add the spices(a little at a time), sugar, the bitters and a splash of wine. I wouldn’t use more in the fear of losing it to alcohol evaporation!

Keep it brewing; keep spice levels in check – I like it spicy – you may not, so I suggest you add as you taste it from time to time!

Once you are happy with the flavour, simmer the heat and add the wine and wait for a few mins.

That’s it ! Serve immediately into your fancy tumblers. Simply delicious! Want a twist, add a dash of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum – ‘n now ye’ll better be swin’in’ along wit’ a glass in one hand ‘n a rusted hook in th’ other! Arr Arr Arr..watch it !

DRINK RESPONSIBLY ( they just say that everywhere, so I thought I should it up too)

\m/ theinsanefoodie

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Butter Coffee?!


So how does one feel about taking coffee with a dollop of butter or ghee? Well it’s just a insanely rich latte if you think about it, you know? Apparently this is something that is slowly yet steadily being experimented in parts of the world, and now in Australia. News has it that some of the famous baristas of Melbourne are also secretly perfecting the recipe before they can let their patrons taste it.

You’ve all probably heard of yak butter tea that’s served in Tibet, and perhaps about the paleolithic diet as well? Although Tibetan Yak butter tea has almost nothing to do with the paleo diet, it is a neat invention with chances of a runaway hit in a country which loves coffee where it is being promoted as a paleo alternative to regular coffee.

Paleolithic diet, which emphasizes on a high protein intake, has long been marketed as the solution to obesity and henceforth being championed more than ever in the developed nations of the world. Marketing butter coffee as a paleo alternative to regular coffee is on the assumption that the butter being added to coffee is low on saturated fats, unlike traditional yak butter which has traditionally been added into beverages in Tibet only to fight the cold ! Although it’s yet to be seen the variety of butter/ghee which will find it’s way into these ‘butter coffee’ recipes, several nutritionists have already expressed their concern over the consumption of this highly fattened coffee.

But as the saying goes, anything in moderation is okay! Or is it?

theinsanefoodie

 

Hot & Spicy Mutton Pizza


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@ George Restaurant – Pune Camp !  Ingeniously crafted combination of Desi lamb preparation, marinara sauce in red chilly base, topped with an excess of mozzarella cheese ! This, I can vouch quite confidently is one of the best Indian versions of the pizza I’ve ever had.

INSANE –  (1) Loaded on cheese & great combination of ingredients (2) Fantastic price point for the serving proportion

Burger King – Pune Camp



This is Pune’s own local Burger King which really means business. For all its worth, it will give any original Burger King a run for its money.

Their speciality includes several burgers and roles that are of humongous proportions, and which given their size, cost absolutely nothing !! The burgers can get you through the day, although it might not be the healthiest choice given the amount of mayo and the greasy patties that goes into it.

Insanity MeterHigh – Bang for the buck (80 rupees for a Jumbo Chicken Burger & 70 for a King Beef Burger)

So what in the world is Atta Murg??!!


I did not expect to create such a big buzz when I posted the quite “interesting” yet ambiguous snapshots of what’s called The Atta Murg. But to be honest, I was pleased to have garnered so much attention with the insane looking flour crust – a.k.a Atta, in Hindi !

Much like how the “Dum” dishes are prepared, the Murg a.k.a chicken is slow cooked inside a layer of flour dough instead of a sealed container. The chicken, as a whole, is well marinated overnight in yogurt & spices and then wrapped inside the flour dough and cooked in a tandoor a.k.a charcoal oven.

Now, at Tansen the restaurant where my wife and friends have been raring to take me to, for the Ultimate Nawabi dining experience –  I presume their chefs went the extra mile to improvise the dish, to make this not only a visual treat but also an extremely tasty one ! For a start, it was the visual impact. They somehow managed to “spike up” the dough to give it the resemblance of err..a puffer fish or a porcupine :). We then sat in awe as the waiter meticulously worked to cut the shell open, waiting what’s inside to take us by a bigger surprise, and voila, the second twist, it wasn’t just the regular marinated chicken that was inside. The Murgwas wrapped in plantain leaves, which added a uniquely lovely flavour. Given the pretty eventful show up until then, we also wondered whether the spiked Atta will be served? (as I’m sure, this thought must’ve crossed some of your minds’). And, it wasn’t ! 😀 However, the Murg, was definitely out of the world and we couldn’t ask for more !!

Cheers \m/