Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Alton Brown- The Edible Inevitable Tour 2015

I finally got to see Alton Brown, the Culinary Guru, live on stage!! I have always been in awe of him from all those Food Network television shows I have been watching over the years, and all I'll say is that I am now even more in awe of him! 

I managed to get a couple tickets in the nick of time. That place was packed like crazy! Alton sure is one heck of a celebrity. And boy, are there thousands of fellow foodies out there! It was very exciting to see other excited foodies all waiting eagerly to see Alton.

The Tickets

From the crowded 9th Ave-Pine St

Before Alton arrived on stage 

The cool things:

1. Alton's entry: The hall went all dark, and as soon the lights came on again, he, no HE, was there on the stage!! It was almost like a hologram- so cool! We all just screamed out in excitement- and then there was this "I love you, Altoooooon," from somebody in the audience. And Alton spoke- "Why is it that whenever somebody says, "I love you," to me, it is a dude?!" (In my mind I was like, dang it, I should have been the one!) 

2. Alton's look: OK, that man was dressed so cool! A pair of light denim skinny jeans, white oxford with a cotton sweater on top, and a pair of regular sneakers (looked like sneakers to me from where I sat). And he looked pretty fit. Oh, and of course, with his stubble, he just looked very cool overall. 

3. Alton is so talented! Alton Brown plays the guitar and sings. And I'd say his singing is not bad at all. He sang a song that he said he wrote for his daughter way back when she was only 4, for a school presentation. The song was all about how easy cooking can be. He involved the audience too, and it was pretty enjoyable. His other song, "Airport Shrimp Cocktail," that he wrote after his bad experience with eating shrimp at LA airport was hilarious! He is funny, intelligent, an educator, and he is quite the scientist too! He and his crew ended the 2 hour show with his famous satirical punk-rock song, "I'm a TV Chef." 

4. Inventor of super-powerful cooking contraptions: He demonstrated his very own invention, The Mega Bake Oven- a huge 12 foot long, 54,000 Watt Easy Bake Oven, that heats upto 650 degrees (or was it 800 degrees?)! He baked 2 pizzas in 3 and a half minutes! His other contraption that he demoed was this super-fast ice cream maker that he calls the Jet Cream Maker- again, a huge machine, that makes ice cream in a ridiculously small amount of time (I forget the exact time, but it was super-fast!). 

Alton there somewhere in the center on stage

The not-so cool things:

1. The burping and farting sock puppets representing yeast, that kept playing on the screen during the interval as well as at the beginning of the show was a bit much. I mean, I am all for imbecilic jokes, but really, they went overboard with that.

2. People he picked to go on stage: Somehow I feel that the people he picked- or at least the area in the theater from where he picked his 2 volunteers, was pre-decided. Maybe because those people had better seats, and had paid more money for them (obviously)..... who knows! A bit unfair, I think.

3. Bad seats: I should have bought the tickets well in advance..... oh well, lesson learnt.

My one takeaway from the show that I completely agree with:

Cook with NaCl: Yesss! Use proper amount of salt in your food!! The bad unnecessary salt is the salt found in canned soups and packaged dinners. Salt in home-cooked food is perfectly fine for the body, and in fact, you need it! Unless your doctor has absolutely forbidden you from ingesting any salt, go ahead and add salt to your food. I'd like to add to that- use not only salt, but spices too. Bland food is so boring!!

Now that I've seen Alton live on stage, am I all satisfied? Um, next I'd actually like to meet him personally and chat with him, and get a selfie with him! Which means, I'll have to get those VIP tickets! Oh Alton, you are THE coolest!!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tandoori style baked Salmon

The way to anybody's heart is through their stomach, whether you want to admit it or not! Here's a great Valentine's Day meal idea, especially if you are trying impress your sweetheart. You can make it for your lovely family and friends. And hey, you can most certainly make it for yourself too! 


1. Salmon- boneless skinless (I prefer wild)- available in ready-to-go trays in most grocery stores (especially Costco!) cut into bite sized pieces. Qty: You can use as much as you want, and freeze the rest to use another day.  

2. Spices (1 tsp each if you like it potent, a pinch each if you like it mild)  

a) Garam Masala powder

b) Black pepper powder

c) Garlic powder or fresh smashed up garlic- 3-4 cloves

d) Red Chili powder (optional)

e) Turmeric powder

f) Cumin powder

3. Lemon juice- 1 freshly squeezed or a couple slashes of readymade lemon juice

4. Salt per taste

5. Olive Oil or any cooking oil- a couple drizzles

6. Asparagus- 1 bunch


Take a ziplock bag, and put all the spices into it, including the lemon juice. Then throw in the salmon pieces into it. Also drizzle in the oil. Zip up the bag, and mix it all up, so as to coat all the salmon pieces with the spices. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Soaking in the spices


1. Preheat oven to 385 deg F. 

1. Take a baking sheet, and spray some Pam all over (aluminum foil works well). 

2. Place all the salmon on the sheet. 

On baking sheet

3. Place in oven for 10-11 minutes. If you like some pink, then 8 minutes would work just fine. After 10 minutes of baking, I like to broil on high for a minute or two, to get a nice color going. 

Baking in the oven

4. While the salmon is in the oven, quickly cook some asparagus by steaming or quickly sautéing with some crushed garlic, salt and pepper. That's it! 

Tandoori style Baked Salmon ready!

Serve simply like this: 

Quick, simple, and Delicious

Or make tacos with some habanero salsa on top: 

Tandoori Salmon Tacos

Or serve on rice, top with habanero salsa. Mm mm! 

Tandoori Salmon served over rice, topped with habanero salsa

Pair it with your favorite wine. And don't forget to end your meal with those chocolate covered strawberries!