“How does that Crab Ya?” The actual episode!

“How does that Crab Ya?” The actual episode!

I was so nervous and excited to see Alton Brown and to be a part of Cut throat Kitchen. We were all taken to the sets which was Hollywood studios in L .A. – a humongous studio in the wee early hours in the morning. We had a car inside the studio that took us to the make up studio first to make us all look pretty in camera although i was sweating thinking about the show the whole entire time. Then we hopped in the car and it was another 10 min ride to get to the studio where we were actually filming.

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On my way back to the set, I see this simple looking guy in glasses and in a plaid shirt walking across from me and I glance at him and am almost ready to scream- It was none other than Alton Brown. I have never seen a guy who is so simple yet so knowledgeable and smart. He said hello to all the contestants.

The only contestant I got talking and we share a great relationship now is DAVE MARTIN!  Besides what happened in the show which all of you will watch at some point- we shared a great rapport with each other being very supportive and kind.

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Chef Dave Martin if you all recollect took a chance on a new reality show called ‘Top Chef’ in Bravo with Padma lakshmi and did so well for himself and was the runner up.

Chef Dave also owns his food business in NYC that he has been managing with great success for over several years now.

So to say the least, I was competing on the show with a Chef who had his food business so well established, he cooked for Hollywood actors after his success with Top Chef back in 2006——– It wasn’t easy at all. Chef Dave beside being a great cook was also extremely smart.

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Cut throat Kitchen is not just a simple food show. It involve so much of strategic planning and making each move wisely with the money that is offered to you.

I also had this wonderful opportunity to meet Richard Blais whom I love, respect and admire dearly who was the guest Judge in our show.

Both Alton Brown and Richard Blais had the kindest of words to say to me and I must say I completely enjoyed working with both of them on the show.

We had three rounds with challenges:

First round was the Breakfast Tacos, second round was the Crab cakes……lets take a pause here. Me being a vegetarian- every single time I have meat or seafood to cook with although I get extremely nervous I am also super challenged and excited to cook with it.

I have believed in vegetarianism since my birth and so always have stood by the fact of not tasting any meat or seafood that I cook whatsoever. This makes it even more challenging because of the fact that I have no idea if the dish has enough seasoning or salt in it.

Richard Blais was very kind enough to say good encouraging words for my crab dish.

Last but not the least was baking filled cupcakes in such a short amount of time that I almost passed out hearing the time I had to make them.

I enjoyed all 3 rounds of challenges in Cut throat Kitchen and absolutely love Alton Brown and Richard Blais.

Not to mention, Chef Dave and me have become such good friends and respect each other so much so much so that we still give each other food advice and exchange recipes:)

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MY BEST GIFT WAS A RED BAG THAT SAYS CUT THROAT KITCHEN ON IT AND A BOTTLE

THAT WAS SIGNED/ AUTOGRAPHED BY ALTON BROWN —WILL ALWAYS TREASURE..

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HUGE THANK YOU TO MY PRODUCER KATIE & my friends at the network- Chris, Billy and the list goes on….

I hope you all watch and enjoy this episode and please write your feedback under the comment section. Your feedback and support means a lot to me and so until next time ….

Loads of love from my kitchen to yours….

Plan to post the you tube video soon so please tune back in to curryliciousme.com to watch.

 

 

Quinoa Zucchini Cakes

Quinoa Zucchini Cakes

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I was asked to make crab cakes during Cut throat Kitchen with Alton Brown on Food Network channel. I am raised a vegetarian and continue to be one so cooking meat or seafood is always a challenge since I do not get to taste my dish and its like cooking blind!

For people who followed me on Master Chef they know that I was asked to cook beef and I did although I refused to taste it. Gordon Ramsay said- ” Its cooked better than some people who cooked it who eat meat”

This simply means that I am blessed to use my finger to throw spices and get lucky with flavors and end up with a tasty dish.

I did exactly that at Cut Throat Kitchen too where I made the crab cakes for Alton but I always try to come up with a vegetarian version.

My quinoa zucchini crab cakes are super healthy and packed with flavor.

Here s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa

1 cup grated zucchini

1 small potato grated

1 small onion grated

1/2 jalapeno chopped finely

Spice blend- 1/2 tsp turmeric, lemon pepper powder and garlic powder, curry masala powder and dried fenugreek leaves

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Grate zucchini and add some salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 min s squeeze all the water out.IMG_8814 (1)
  2. Then cook the potato and grate the potato
  3. Cook quinoa. For 1 cup of quinoa add 2 cups of water and let it cook.IMG_8815 (1)
  4. Take a bowl and add all the spices, dried fenugreek leaves and salt. Mix well.
  5. Then add grated zucchini, potato, onions, jalapeno and quinoa to the spice mix and mix it well with a spoon mashing everything well.IMG_8823
  6. Add 1 tsp of all purpose flour and mix it in.
  7.  Make round patties with this mix.
  8. Place it on a cast iron skillet with olive oil for 2 min s on each side and flip to cook the patties well.IMG_8830

I usually make a mango chutney during the summer and it goes so well with my quinoa zucchini crab cake. You can use any chutney or dip with it.

 

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Visit to Hollywood Studios in LA – CUT THROAT KITCHEN PREVIEW!

Visit to Hollywood Studios in LA – CUT THROAT KITCHEN PREVIEW!

I am so excited to write a post again and talk about my experience filming for Cut Throat Kitchen in Hollywood Studios, LA. Alton Brown is my all time favorite and I am so excited to finally meet him and my fellow competitors in the show.

 

As you all know, Cut Throat Kitchen is not just a food show. It involves a lot of strategic moves and planning every move wisely so I dont get eliminated.

I will definitely say that it is going to be such a different experience than cut throat kitchen. I arrive in LA to film the episode :

http://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/cutthroat-kitchen/episodes/how-does-that-crab-ya#episode-tunein

As you all know I am a big Foodie and so trying to eat at one of the yummiest places and trying to relax before the show tomorrow. And not to forget, I had the chance to meet some great personalities like Mr Pen and Teller in this trip and to tour Hollywood studios.

I am so excited and nervous at the same time not knowing what I am getting into but trying my best to relax now so :

Please tune in tomorrow at 9 pm on Food Network to watch me on Cut Throat Kitchen with none other than my favorite Alton Brown!!!!

I will be posting in detail talking about my experience filming and being in the show so dont forget to tune back in to by blog again…

Until then…..loads of love from my kitchen to yours – please visit my blog tomorrow to get a recipe of my vegetarian version of crab cake which is delicious!!!!