Such fun I say, such fun it is when you meet people who think like you, act like you and eat like you. Which is why being a part of the Blogger's Table is always such a pleasure. And more so, when you're hosted by some fabulous peeps such as the Dalmias of Leonardo Olive Oil at the Olive Bar & Kitchen, just to get up close and personal with Chef Saby.
While we all assembled around noon on Saturday at Mehrauli, by the time we knew it, it was 4 pm. Time just flew by. Between chatting each other up, eating and listening to all what Saby had to say about Olive Oil, it was an afternoon well-spent.
What I loved the most was the way it was organised. Himani Dalmia, Senior Manager Corporate, Leonardo set the ball rolling as the menu for the afternoon was handed out. By menu, I mean the things Chef Saby was going to cook for us using the various oils including pomace, pure and extra virgin. And why the demo went on, we were asked to help ourselves to the antipastis that were laid out for us.
|Chef Saby chats us up © Cookaroo|
I couldn't stop popping these
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My favourite of course was the roasted peppers stuffed with creamy feta, seeped in olive oil. I think I alone ate a dozen. They were sweet, spicy, creamy cheesy explosive flavour bombs
|Yummers! © Cookaroo|
Then there was the cold cuts and cheese platters
|Cheese glorious cheese © Cookaroo|
Most people who know me would know I'd kill to live in a house of cheese. But the Parma ham was to die for. I made my own antipasti by rolling a piece of parma with some olives, relish and cheese inside. Oh yes, the relish. Three kinds - beetroot, apple and roast peppers. Totally D-I-V-I-N-E
|Relished! © Cookaroo|
I haven't even gotten to the real food. Fish and chips, gumbas, apple,feta and walnut salad, pasta arrabiatta and the most fabulous risotto I've eaten in ages. Black truffle porcini risotto - a signature Olive dish - I wish I hadn't eaten so much before, because that risotto could have been my breakfast, lunch and dinner.
|Panning out © Cookaroo|
Oh and then there was a quadrat of dessert, but why the time the fourth of laid out I was ready to pass out with sheer excitement
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And so we ate and ate and ate. There was the Tiramisu (awesome), chocolate terrine (delectable) and a apple pie with beautiful sugar craft (lovely)
|Stuffed! © Cookaroo|
And as if that wasn't enough, we got a goodie bag to take home
|Picture Courtesy © Deeba Rajpal|
I can't even explain how inspired I was by the peeps. That I had to go home and open up all the bottles. Eat up most of the olives and make something with all the awesome goodies. Oh and the folks at the Blogger's Table? So kind and generous.
So I say thank you Leonardo, Himani, Chandana and Saby for being such awesome hosts. For bringing some awesome products on our tables and getting us all together at one place. Oh and for inspiring me for making some wonderful meals all this week, which I'll be posting soon.
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