Cooking for a wonderful group on Superbowl Sunday!

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I know that everyone was excited about the Superbowl yesterday and today is of course the discussion day about last evening ‘s game!

Well, I had an interesting time yesterday evening not watching the Superbowl but cooking for a group of wonderful people who got together to watch the game.

Debbie had called me a few days back and left me a message saying it was last minute and that she was planning on having me cook some delicious appetizers for game night. She wanted to see if I was available to cook for a bunch of  her friends who were gathering at her place to watch the Superbowl yesterday evening. When I called Debbie, I was so thrilled to know that she and her girl friends were going on a trip to India and so she wanted me to make some Indian Appetizers so they can enjoy them while watching the game. So we came up with a Menu Plan and I promised to get her place at 5:30 pm with all the ingredients and grocery.

I shopped all morning yesterday, getting prepared for the evening’s cook off. I was very excited and reached Debbie’s place at 5:30pm. Words simply cannot describe how nice she and her husband are, and the beautiful house they have. They were such wonderful hosts and made me feel so welcome and at home. The kitchen was spectacular and Debbie was so kind to get me whatever I needed- like pots and pans and bowls and spoons. One by one, the guests started arriving. I started organizing and prepping. There were about 14 people altogether and a bunch of 7 beautiful girls who hung out with me in the kitchen chatting and asking me about India and the food.

The menu that we planned was:

Chickpea Salad with grated coconut, cumin and cilantro

Cocktail Papads with Onion tomato cilantro and chat masala

Crostini topped with baked eggplant

Bite sized Quesadillas with an Indian twist

I must say that as I put forth every single dish- everyone was so appreciative and gave me feedback on each dish. When you work with such a group of people, who tell you exactly what they liked about the dish and want to know about what goes in their food, there is nothing more rewarding than that.

My guess is they liked the Crostini with the baked eggplant the most:) I leave it to them to comment:) if I am right.

The evening was perfect and I enjoyed cooking for such a warm, welcoming beautiful group of people. I look forward to going back there like Debbie mentioned to cook some dinner parties for her in future.


With much love….

3 Responses to “Cooking for a wonderful group on Superbowl Sunday!”
  1. debbie Maurer-Hollaender says:

    Nandini, Thank you so much for a wonderful evening.. The game was exciting, the food was delicious. All the men were down in the screening room while all the women gathered around the kitchen watching you prepare your wonderful food . The men kept coming up wondering what was next;. Watching the pots, watching you chop.. asking questions, the eveing disappeared.. All my guests were so excited to have you Everyone enjoyed the experience. It was a perfect night. Thank you for being so wonderful. We cannot wait to have another evening with you, after our trip to your wonderful country
    lots of love, Debbie

  2. Brenda Cohen says:

    Debbie and Nandini,
    I would like to thank both of you for such a fabulous evening. Debbie and David for being the most gracious hosts in their beautiful home, and Nandini for her wonderful recipes and cheerful personality. I was so impressed by all the effort that Nandini put into her recipes. She was so aware of using the freshest ingredients, healthy choices, and not too spicy but enough of a “kick”.
    My favorite dish was the crostini with baked eggplant. Nandini couldn’t have been more patient with all our endless questions about India and the names of all the foods we will be eating there.
    I am sooo excited for our journey and feel better prepared to sample the food of India.

    Thank you again for such a wonderful, memorable evening.


  3. Cranee Richmana says:

    Hi Nandini,
    It was our pleasure to be guests of Debbie’s and David’s last night and enjoy the wonderful food you prepared for us. The aromas and combinations of the foods presented at last night SuperBowl party had me very excited about the trip ahead of us. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it since it was a new experience for my family. Now I feel more at ease trying similar dishes of your country. It was a pleasure to meet you and wish you good luck at all your future endeavors. Best, Cranee and Mark

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