Interstellar Food – A Meal with the Stars

“This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong said this and started jumping around on the moon. Whenever I watch this video, I feel as if in the end, everybody loves ‘space’ to jump around (pun intended!). Let it be on earth or on the moon. Astronauts stay in space for days and sometimes even months. It’s like a home away from home but just ‘too’ far away. So the question which always grills my mind is – WHAT DO THEY EAT IN SPACE? Though I knew that they used to have those toothpaste like tubes to have the food from times are changing and so is the ‘Interstellar Menu’. To keep the food edible for longer missions, it is dehydrated and packed in a solid form. Imagine taking a ‘bite’ of your chicken stew. All the fluid items like milk, soup etc. are dehydrated too in a powdered form.

Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp Cocktail

Thanks to the NASA scientists, who made it possible to hydrate the food by mixing hot or cold water when in space and make food a ‘bit’ tastier. But no matter what, the mesmerizing aroma of the food drifts away before it can stimulate an astronaut because of almost zero gravity. So the exulting sensation of the food felt by the tongue and the nose is absent. But these men and women, do all this ‘in the name of science’. I respect these guys because if I would have been an astronaut, my kitchen would’ve followed me. Since food is important, astronauts are invited for tasting session where they can recommend the dishes for future missions. Though these days they have freeze dried sausage patties and much more but there is one thing Buzz Aldrin enjoyed in one of the missions – “Shrimp Cocktail”. From the work cocktail, I remember that I am very fond of preparing hot or warm cocktail recipes. He had something to say about it- “they were chosen one by one to make sure they would be tiny enough to squeeze out of the food packet, and they were delicious!” Let’s try this appetizer for our brave astronauts ‘in the name of science”.

SHRIMP COCKTAIL

Ingredients:-

For Court Bouillon:

1 lemon,

2 bay leaves,

1 diced onion,

5 sprigs thyme,

2 diced carrots,

1/2 bunch parsley,

10 cups cold water,

2 diced stalks celery,

5 diced garlic cloves.

For Shrimp:

Cocktail Sauce,

Lemon wedges,

1 pound rinsed shrimp,

1 tablespoon kosher salt.

For Cocktail Sauce:

1 cup ketchup

1 juiced lemon,

Hot sauce to taste,

4 teaspoons prepared horseradish,

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.

Astronaut on Moon
Astronaut on Moon

Preparation Method for Shrimp Cocktail:

  1. Add water, onion, garlic, lemon, parsley, carrot, celery, thyme and bay leaves in a pot. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. Add shrimp into the liquid. Turn off the heat. Cook shrimp. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes. Drain and cool. Peel them. Refrigerate if you are not serving immediately. If refrigerated, bring shrimps to room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

  3. To serve put the cocktail sauce in glasses as shown. Loop the shrimp over the edge of the glass. Top the glass with sauce. Garnish with the lemon and serve.

Preparation Method for Cocktail Sauce:

  1. Combine ketchup, lemon zest, juice, Worcestershire sauce and horseradish in a bowl.

  2. Add hot sauce. Mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Space Food
Space Food

Can you guess the food in packets above?

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Jagannath Ratha Yatra with Vegan Recipes

Ratha Yatra is AKA Roth Jatra or Chariot Festival. This is a famous Hindu Festival, and originated in Puri (Orissa). Ratha means Chariot and Yatra means journey. It marks annual journey of divinity in form of idols (Jagannath, Balarama, and Subhadra) to their aunt’s home. Ratha Yatra has gained popularity in famous cities of the world since 1968 because of ISKCON Hare Krishna movement. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and show in more than 100 cities including Dublin, Belfast, Birmingham, New York, Singapore, Toronto, Antwerp, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, London, Bath, Melbourne, Montreal, Paris and Mexico. It is also celebrated in Bangladesh.

Dalma Recipe
Dalma Recipe

Well, hope you liked my blog, Indian meat recipes. My sister and her family went to India during this festival. They are very fond of Indian food. They participated in Ratha Yatra and also drew the wheel from Puri Temple to the sea. She found it very exciting doing the Hindu rituals and also wore saree (Indian culture dress) on the auspicious occasion, how lovely she looked in it. She loves Indian cuisine, just like me and taught she two yummy vegan recipes from East India. Dalma is the traditional Oriya lentil recipe. Khatta is a sweet and sour compote. The specialty of these recipe is that here we use panch phoron. Panch phoron consists of equal quantity of fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed.

Dalma (Lentils Curry)

Ingredients (Serving – 6)

Salt as required,

4 pieces long beans (1’ cut),

1 large diced Potato,

2 large diced Tomatoes,

2 pieces Dry red chillies,

1 medium diced Radish,

4 large diced Colocasia,

100 grams diced Jackfruit,

1 tablespoon Cooking oil,

½ cup yellow pigeon peas,

½ teaspoon Turmeric powder,

1 medium diced Raw banana,

2 medium diced Pointed gourd,

1 tablespoon Panch phoron,

3 tablespoons Grated fresh coconut.

Preparation Method:-

1. Pressure cook the vegetables with lentils, salt, and turmeric. Give it 2 whistles. Remove from heat. Wait till the steam is out. Add grated coconut into the pressure cooker, keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a large wok. When warm add to panch phoronand dry red chillies. Allow the spices to splutter. Add in the cooked vegetables and lentils.

3. Serve with rice and khatta (Sour accompaniment).

Khatta (Tangy Pulpy Tomato Sauce – Serving 6)

Khatta Recipe
Khatta Recipe

Ingredients:-

10 piece Dates,

Salt as required,

1 pinch Asafoetida,

100 grams Jaggery,

1 piece Dry red chilli,

1 tablespoon Cooking oil,

Curry leaves as required,

8 medium size diced Tomatoes,

1 piece split Green chillies,

½ teaspoon Panch phoron.

1. In a large wok, heat oil. Add panch phoron, green chilli, dry red chilli, asafoetida, and curry leaves. Add the tomato, dates and jaggery. Cook till ingredients are blended and soft.

2. Add one cup water and simmer for 5 minutes. Khatta is ready to be served. Enjoy with Dalma and boiled rice.

Happy Ratha Yatra!!

Fruity Frizzle Baked Fish Recipe For Christmas

Christmas recipe
Christmas recipe

Christmas Eve is the Feast Of The Seven Fish. Italians have lot of regards for this tradition. Initially it was believed that meat cannot be eaten during the fast, so Italians enjoyed seven different types of fish on the Christmas Eve dinner. There are several other theories related to number seven. It took seven days for God to create the earth, says the Bible. Seafood is loved by most of the people. Moreover fish tastes unique every time whether it is smoked, fried, baked, grilled or steamed.

Fish is low in fat and cholesterol. It is a good source of protein, which makes it even a better choice for a healthy diet. Salmon is definitely a health-supportive food based largely on its unusual Omega-3 fatty acid content. Welcome the all new exciting way to prepare special fish recipe for the Christmas Eve. With the addition of assorted fruits, the taste and nutritional value boost up. The tangy spicy taste and the mild flavor of fish will definitely give a way to satisfy the tingling taste buds. So here we present the Fruity Frizzle Baked Fish recipe.

FISH:

1 large salmon fish,
1 can yams,
1/4 Tablespoon Pepper,
1/2 Tablespoon Cayenne Pepper,
1 can chopped assorted fruits,
4 Tablespoon low fat butter,
Sliced French bread,
Salt to taste

SAUCE:

1 cup whiskey,
8 oz. brown sugar,
1/2 cup sweet whiskey liqueur,
3 teaspoon prepared mustard,
1 teaspoon mustard ginger,
1 teaspoon mustard cinnamon,
1 teaspoon mustard dry mustard,
1/2 cup orange juice,
Raisin (optional)

1. For sauce, place all the ingredients given, into a double boiler and cook for 1 hour until thickened. Stir occasionally. Keep aside.

2. Boil yams, cool, cut into fine cubes and stir-fry with butter. Keep aside.

3. For fish, use whole fish, head and tail attached, deeply score the fish into approximately 1-inch squares.

4. Sprinkle the fish with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Place the whole fish into a buttered baking pan.

5. Add assorted fruits with juices into the pan as well. Add additional grapes for the tangy taste along with other fruits like green apple and pears.

6. Cut fruits into fine cubes. Do not add banana. Toss the fruits, adding salt and pepper. Add fried yams.

7. Place the fish with fruits into the oven at 350 D F. Add sauce for flavor and to keep the fish from drying out.

8. Serve with French bread!

WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS
WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

Enjoy the Christmas treat with your loved ones!!!

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