Monthly Archives: December 2012

Fine Dining Etiquette



01Soup spoons come in two shapes; the round spoon and the oval shaped spoon. When eating soup, the bowl should stay on the table. Do not lift the bowl from the table and drink your soup from it. You may tilt one side of the bowl from your side, to fill the last spoon of soup.

Soup is generally served after the second course. To eat soup you should pick the spoon on the right side of the cutlery placed near your soup bowl. When eating soup, you should push your spoon away from you starting at the centre of the bowl to the farthest edge and consume. Bring the spoon to your mouth and drink from the edge. Do not slurp. Keep the handle of the soup spoon  towards you after you finish your soup.


Pudding indeed is a yummy and delicious food.

03Pudding should not be confused with a dessert. They are entirely separate courses, though one can take the place of the other. Pudding is a sweet course, whereas a dessert consists of fruit or cheese.

To enjoy this delicious food you need to put your spoon into the pudding and not fill your spoon completely with the pudding. Just a bit of it needs to be taken on to spoon. To eat pudding you are usually given both a fork and a spoon. The pudding spoon is held in the same way as your knife, with the bowl of the spoon facing inwards and (for right handed people) is held in the right hand. The pudding fork is used as a pusher only. You do not put a pudding fork into your mouth. Using the fork, push a small portion of your pudding onto the angled spoon. As you lift the spoon to your mouth, tilt it a little, so the bowl is now facing upwards. When you have finished eating, the same rules apply here for placing your cutlery back on the plate.

05At times the pudding fork and spoon are found above your plate, rather than at the sides, as the other cutlery.


Chicken and Cauliflower Stew



500 g Chicken, 250 g Cauliflower, 2 tbsp Mc Currie Crushed Pepper, 1 ½ tsp Mc Currie Spicy Vinegar, Mc Currie Salt to Taste, 2 big onions chopped, 4 green chillies sliced, ½ tsp Mc Currie Mustard Seeds,  1 tsp Mc Currie Garlic Paste, 1 tbsp Mc Currie Curry Leaves and 1” piece of  Mc Currie Rampe,3 cups of water.


Wash and cut the chicken in medium sized pieces. Break the Cauliflower  and wash well. Add the chicken, cauliflower, 1 tbsp crushed pepper, vinegar and salt and boil until tender. Drain and keep the stock aside. In a deep frying pan, add the oil and when hot add the sliced onions, green chillies, garlic paste, mustard seeds, curry leaves and rampe and fry until golden brown.  Add the boiled chicken and cauliflower along with the balance crushed pepper and fry for a few minutes. Add 1 cup of stock and simmer on a low flame.

Sausage Stir Fry Recipe

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500 g Sausages, 2 tablespoon Mc Currie Crushed Chillies, 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Crushed Pepper, 5 large onions (sliced), 5 green chilles (sliced), 1 teaspoon Mc Currie Garlic Paste, ¼  teaspoon Mc Currie Mustard Seeds,  2 tablespoon Mc Currie Curry Leaves, ½” Mc Currie Cinnamon, 5-6  Mc Currie Cardamoms, 4 Mc Currie Cloves, ½ teaspoon Mc Currie Dill Seeds, 2 tomatoes cut into rounds, 5-6 leaves of lettuce, Mc Currie Salt to taste, Oil for Frying.


Fry the sausages and cut into bite size pieces and set aside. In a deep frying pan add the oil and when heated, add the garlic paste, curry leaves and mustard seeds and sauté for a while. Thereafter, add the sliced onions, green chillies, dill seeds, cardamoms and cloves and fry until the onions are a light golden brown. Add the crushed chillies, crushed pepper, cinnamon and salt to taste and fry for about a minute or two. Thereafter, add the fried sausages and mix well. Take off the heat and arrange on a bed of lettuce. Garnish with tomatoes and parsley and serve.

Looking “deliciously” beautiful

Spices are dominant when it comes to cooking and also play a significant role medicinally, being used extensively in Ayurvedic Medicine. But for the young and not so young, spices play a significant role in the battle to stay young and keep those wrinkles and pimples at bay.

The spices mentioned below give you the benefit of looking pretty and also these spices are easily accessible and cost much cheaper than beauty and skin products in the market. Spices give your skin that fresh look.


Turmeric aids in treating acne, gives your skin that supple and fresh look and is definitely a wrinkle reducer. A pinch of turmeric made into a paste with normal water and applied on your skin makes it glow and look fresh. It is advisable to use this turmeric paste at night, as its vibrant hue, could easily be washed away in the morning.


Cinnamon is inspiring to the sense of smell and blood circulation, thereby drawing nutrients to the skin, using its antibacterial properties to eradicate pimples. A home remedy for blackheads is to mix a little cinnamon powder with honey and apply on the blackheads.

Black Pepper

Now who would think that black pepper, with its “hot” background, would be good for the skin? However this naturally created heat loosens up the blackheads. A tablespoon of black pepper ground with a teaspoon of yoghurt, applied on blackheads, acts as an exfoliating mask. However, take care of your eyes when applying this mask.


Treatment with Ginger can revitalize the radiance of your skin and give it a natural glow. Ginger has the attributes of lightening age spots and fighting blemishes.  Applying slices of ginger over your skin gives it a fresh look.

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Spices that aid digestion

Many spices we use in our regular cooking are valuable for digestion and play an important role within our bodies to help this process, thus preventing certain diseases, distributing nutrients and may be at times acting as an “Invisible doctor” within, curing illnesses even without our knowledge.

A healthy process of digestion is important to our systems. For the beauty conscious a proper digestive process can do wonders to the skin and even make a person look younger! A poor digestive process can cause innumerable problems such as gas/flatulence, constipation and exhaustion or weariness.


Cardamoms are pods and seeds and can be used in whole form or powdered form. They are used in the preparation of Rice and Curries and a variety of desserts. Cardamoms promote the chemical processes that occur during digestion.


Coriander can be used in the seed or powdered form in the preparation of mixed spice powders for curries and vegetables. The reason that coriander is considered a spice that helps digestion is that it is rich in dietary fibre. Much of this fibre is metabolically inert insoluble fibre, which helps increase bulk of the food by attracting water throughout the digestive system and help easing constipation condition. It is also believed that Coriander eliminates mouth ulcers, anemia and menstrual disorders.



Dill seeds can be used in curries, vegetables, soups, shellfish, salads and pickles. Regular intake of Dill Seeds in foods helps reduce the chances of formation of stomach gases, soothes heartburn and cures colic.  The oil of the dill seed is believed to cure patients with high blood pressure and diabetes.  The dill seed is also a good antiseptic.



Fennel seeds used in food help a great deal in digestion. It also has other medicinal values and helps in slimming and weight loss, stomach cramps, heartburn, helps with morning sickness and flushing the kidneys. It also gives a certain amount of relief and is helpful after chemotherapy and radiation. Fennel is also a good source of niacin, calcium, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and copper.



Ginger is an essential ingredient in Sri Lankan cuisine.  Ginger has been used for many years in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine to ease digestive complaints and nausea. A slice of ginger in tea gives an extra special taste.  Volatile oils in ginger increase motility in the gastro-intestinal tract. Ginger also stimulates the production of saliva, smoothing the digestive process.

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