Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Sweet Potato Broccoli Parmesan Tikkis

These tikkis or croquettes are inspired by two people. Mandira of Ahaar and The IKEA people. But before diving into them, let me pique your interest by showing you my picture, as rendered by our in-house artist LS.




Did you see it ? Did you see it ? Ain't it cute ?

She has made me look so good in there. My adult acne and thick moustache has been totally covered up and my flowery feet and similarly flowery fingers have been accentuated. My arms look toned and my ears round and well formed. That girl sure knows how to bring out the best in her subjects.

And did you see the belly button ? My belly button ? That big round circle with a dot is apparently my belly button. She pushed up my shirt and confirmed that body part. "Oita tomar belly button", she said with conviction.

"Really ? " I thought. "It pops out like that ? Why did no one ever tell me about this wardrobe malfunction of mine? Or is that my tummy is so big that it surfaces as the most prominent part like the tip of an iceberg ?"

No idea which is what, but it must be true, given that it is the artist's view and all. I had thought that after completing its foremost important job of connecting me to my Mother, the belly button had taken a retirement package. Looks like it has resurfaced.

So any of you interested in getting a better-than-real portrait drawn, e-mail me please. We are still accepting orders.

Edited to add: The picture also shows my computer/laptop and a wireless mouse. Go find them



Now to these tikkis which I had set my mind on when I first saw them as cutlets at Mandira's Ahaar.

Then one fine weekday morning, I had the rare opportunity to go to Ikea. I had never seen the interiors of IKEA on a working weekday morning before and I am telling you, it is an experience. Whole lot better than a weekend one. The best thing was the cafeteria, where for once there was more food than people.Over and above the fixed menu items, there were many other edible stuff and the broccoli and potato medallions which I added to the tray as an afterthought was the best find after the Hemnes mirror. Those were really good and I could only think that it would only get better with Mandira's sweet potato idea.

When I came home and googled though for Ikea potato and broccoli medallion copy cat recipes, I got this. I had no whipped cream but I had parmesan. Also I wanted to use sweet potatoes. When done, those Sweet Potato Broccoli tikkis turned out great. I have packed them for school lunch along with bread. You can make a sandwich with them as the patty but BS did not like that idea, instead she wanted them separate. You can also wrap them in a roti and that is how she had them for dinner.

For the recipe of  Sweet Potato Broccoli Parmesan Tikkis check my kid's blog where I am storing Kid's Lunch Box ideas.

28 comments:

  1. Sandeepa, I had my first hearty laugh for today reading the picture description. LS is so talented. I am sure with LS around you don't need any other form of entertainment.
    Kisses to LS!
    Rehana

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    1. Ha, ha.Thanks. Yes there is entertainment and then there is tantrum :-D

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  2. This is hilarious. Had quite a laugh reading it.

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  3. You're a yummy mummy! Is that the phrase?

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    1. what is that ? Sounds like a health food

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  4. I think she drew beautifully. How old is she now? I should show you the elephant my boy drew as part of his school project. Took me real long to realise that was an animal.
    Srijita

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    1. She is 4 Srijita. But there are things she draws which is beyond my comprehension too. It is only when she tells me do I understand. Did you notice that creepy crawly creature in this pic ? Well that is my computer's mouse !!! See, we are idiots and don't understand their clever stuff :)

      I am sure your son's elephant was a superb creation

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  5. @Lucky you....with such a lovely belly button!!
    ;-))
    cheers,
    d

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    1. Ki sundor na, eibar bhabchi oikhane duto pierce kore niy ;-) Ki bolo ?

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  6. i say, save that drawing! when she's famous and having exhibitions around the world, you'll be auctioning that piece in christie's. belly-button and all.

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    1. Yes, yes. Ekdum thik. On another note, I sometimes take pictures of the art to save them digitally. But that to won't go at Christie's na ;-)

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  7. I didn't know the brocoli thing they had in ikea, mostly when we go to Ikea which is once a year we go on a weekday but last time we went on a weekend it was not a good expirence at all. Ypu should treasure the drawing, i have in a box with loads of drawings from Shyama when she was lil.

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    1. I didn't either. But I guess it is a regular here because so many copy cat recipes I found.
      I love going to Ikea though weekends are crowded

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  8. Thats a lovely advance Mothers Day gift...

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    1. Don't worry, there will be more like this by May for sure :)

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  9. O M G!! It's hilarious. Your belly button? That's the second biggest body part in the picture. It's very very sweet. Children have wild and fascinating imagination.

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  10. How cute! And a very good job for a 3 year old :)

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  11. Lovely picture especially the arms and legs. What a cutie! I am still smiling thinking of your post......even Ikea is a source of food inspiration! Nice.

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  12. Haha LS loves ur belly button :) U look like Minnie to me and the green and pink are two sisters?
    I have tasted the crepes in Ikea and nothing else, so u have kids blog now, kuddos!

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  13. Hello
    I have been reading you blog since the last 2 years and have cooked many of your recipes. But what i love is that you are hilarious. Today i almost fell of the bed laughing and had tears rolling down my eyes. And this has happened after a long time that i laughed so hard. God bless you little one and you.You both made my day.

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  14. lovely pics. and the recipe is too good. for beverages check foodsnearme.com

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  16. Oh that drawing is so precious! Enjoyed reading you post and will surely try this recipe!

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  17. :-))..and hugs for all that belly button,creepy mouse,flowery hands and feets..LS is super cute :-)..khub bhalo laglo porey..still smiling..bhalo thekho..hugs and smiles

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  18. I appreciate your blog post, beautifully expressed and well written.

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