Friday, October 31, 2014

The food we ate in Geneva...

So I've grown used to taking pictures of anything and everything... before it was mainly for my blog, but now I do it for Instagram. I've even started attending functions where I have to socialise (with 'elders', not something I'm fond of .. I prefer hanging out with my crowd of people), mainly because I get to instagram the event. Anyway, these are pictures of the food I cooked at home in Geneva and other dishes we ate in restaurants.
My mother used to make puff pastries often when we were kids, they are unbelievably easy to make and quite tasty too. I made quite a few of them at my brother's place. Here the puff pastry dough is rolled out onto a baking sheet... 
And lined with ham... 
Then some sauteed onions and capsicums... 
Added slices of cheese... 
Braided the dough then applied an egg wash.
And here it is, the ham and capsicum puff pastry... 
Made this pasta for us, the smaller one is for my brother cause he likes his pasta al dente, whereas me and Nam like it to be completely cooked. 
Salmon, apparently, is the preferred fish of choice there, and my sister cooked this... while I made the mashed potatoes with broccoli and those sauteed peas and corn. The mashed potatoes with broccoli were pretty good, but I got a lecture from Vinod about that... I don't think he likes broccoli. 
After visiting Gruyères, we had some Gruyère cheese lying around in the fridge, so I decided to make a French onion soup, which is pretty easy. You saute thinly sliced onions in olive oil and pour in some water and cook it on a low flame for half an hour or so. Then you pour in some red wine and let it cook some more, then add in pepper and salt. 
A french baguette, sliced up... 
Line them over the soup in a baking dish...
Scrape the Gruyère cheese over this and stick it in an oven till the cheese melts and starts bubbling... 
Here it is, all ready to be eaten... this is seriously good.
I used to make these puffs for my brother to take to work... this is a chicken puff. 
Braided and egg washed... 
Just out of the oven... a warm golden colour. 
These are some pork ribs, you get in the frozen section of the supermarket... you just stick it in an oven and drizzle some olive oil all over it. I chopped up some onions, capsicum and potatoes to bake along with this... this was amazingly good. 
This is the rotisserie chicken.... bought it and baked it again with some potatoes and salami.  
So after our trip to Lourdes, a couple of friends invited us over for raclette dinner, and we had a great time at their place. This is a raclette machine, where the raclette cheese is melted in those spoon like handles. And on top, vegetables like potatoes, capsicum, mushrooms, onions and other stuff are heated. The cheese has to melt and it is scraped onto the vegetables and eaten... it was really really really good. 
This is some fish my brother ate a restaurant... 
A plate of prawns... 
Some salad I had... 
Pizza's here have this really thin crust... and they taste awesome. This is a ham and egg, pizza...  
Desserts with Nam at Manor...
A salami pizza... 
This is a garlic spaghetti dish from La Trattoria restaurant that my sister loved... she tries to recreate it at home every now and then. 
Some pasta dish... 
This was some deadly dessert we had at La Trattoria restaurant in Geneva.
A seafood paella dish... 
These are the different flavoured Meringues we bought from Gruyères...
And these are the cans of double cream... you dip the meringues in the double cream and eat it. Whoa, these are ridiculously calorie laden... but you live only once so you try everything. 
And the slab of Gruyère cheese that was used in the French onion soup... 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Walking around in Geneva...

So after my sister left, it was just me and my brother at home and he'd go to work while I continued exploring Geneva on my own. I'd buy a day pass and if I see anything interesting outside, I'd hop off and walk around and everything is so efficiently organised there, that with a few apps and with all the bus stops containing neatly typed out details of every stop and the bus timings, there is no way you can get lost... even if you try. And the bus timings really blew me away, I should have taken a picture of it...the timings were always to the point like 9:43 or 14:18 or 16:01 and the bus would arrive exactly at this time, it was uncanny, it was brilliant, it was hassle free. I've traveled more in Geneva in those few months than I did in all the six years I stayed in Madras. 
This is a quaint library and antique store...
This is where the 18th century Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer, Jean Jacques Rousseau was born.
Old canons... 
Window boxes overflowing with flowers...
Angry lion door knocker... 
Pretty lace curtains...
Another interesting door knocker...
Pretty cool, right... with those winged creatures and the human form...
A quaint street corner...
Had lunch here... 
There are water outlets like this everywhere, and if there is a sign nearby that says potable then you can drink from it. 
A Marrons stand, we loved this... Marrons means chestnuts. This is the roasted chestnuts stand that springs up in different parts of the city during the last stages of autumn. 
More pretty curtains...
Some weird sculpture... when I was in this neighbourhood clicking away on my camera, two men walked out of their house, and came towards me. From the looks of it, a father and his son, so they were asking me why I was taking pictures of their houses, and I said to put on my blog. And they were like for what purpose, and I was like to show how pretty everything is here. And then they smiled and I told the son I could give him the link to my blog, he handed his phone over and I opened this page for him. So father and son, if you happen to read this... thanks for being nice people, take care. 
The enormous broken chair outside the UN building, symbolizing the campaign against landmines... 
The huge broken chair and the dancing fountains, near the UN buildings...
Gandhiji on the lawns of the UN...
Another statue inside the UN...
The UN library... 
A pretty fountain...
A statue near one of the bus stands...
These kids had come trick or treating during Halloween, and I asked if I could take a picture...
A quaint shop on the way...
A boy and a fish fountain...
A Man, an eagle and a horse fountain... 
A river...
And the colours of fall slowly changing the face of the earth...