Before TV took centre-stage in our lives, our weekend evenings were spent at Plaza, Rex, Lido… especially Plaza with its fascinating wooden dance floor, the defunct bar in the corner and black and white photographs of Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck and Richard Burton on the walls which took us to another era.
I remember an evening when we had sandwiches and ice cream at a restaurant and saw “Race with the Devil” in Plaza – a chilling film of a satanic clan pursuing a family and finally catching up with them.
We had roasted corn-on-the-cob and were on our way back home. As the car sped through the lonely roads and stinging cold, suddenly, to my horror, the clan members seemed to close in on me in menacing silence. Only the morning sun cleared the dark images!!!
I want you to have a taste of the toasted cheese sandwich which used to be our favourite snack those lovely evenings.
Grilled cheese sandwich
Serves -3 Preparation time:30 mts
- Bread : 6 Slices
- Cheese Cubes : 4 Grated
- Butter : 50 gms
- Onion : One – cut fine
- Green chilly: One – chopped fine (Optional)
- Freshly ground pepper : 1/2 teaspoon
- Coriander leaves : 1 sprig- chopped fine
- Salt : To taste
- Mix well 25 gms butter with grated cheese, minced onions, minced chilli, ground pepper and finely cut coriander leaves in a bowl to a smooth paste.
- Apply the remaining butter on one side of each of the bread slices. With buttered side out, keep the cheese paste inside the bread slices and make three sandwiches.
- Grill the sandwiches in a sandwich toaster. alternately you can toast the sandwiches on a tawa. Serve hot with pudina chutney and /or tomato ketchup.
Pudina Chutney – Pudina Coriander / Cilantro Chutney
- Pudina leaves : One bunch
- Coriander leaves /Cilantro: 3 sprigs
- Garlic : 4 nos,cut
- Small onions : Five – cut
- Green chilly: One – cut
- Fresh Grated Coconut: 1 tablespoon
- Tamarind: Size of a gooseberry
- Oil : One Tbs
- Salt : To taste
- Wash pudina and coriander leaves.
- Saute onions, garlic, green chilly till the onions are transparent.
- Add pudina and coriander leaves and saute for two minutes. Add salt and tamarind. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
- Grind along with coconut in a mixie or blender and transfer to a bowl.
Beat eggs lightly when used as a thickening agent in custards and puddings. Beat eggs well when used for making food fluffy as in cakes and omelettes.
Uppuma with left over idlis
Temper urud dal,mustard, red chilli and curry leaves in a kadai. Add left over crumbled idlis with a sprinkling of salt and saute for two minutes.