Parting Words…

  • 2nd July 2013

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

 

 

Jorge Luis Borges

 

BonConseil

If You are Not Headed to Puglia

  • 27th June 2013

Then, you need to make this pasta for yourself!

 

There’s the beautiful picture, the flavors it conjures up in our mind (and mouth) and the intimation that it’s a little-known Puglian secret to perfect pasta.  Sold!  We had to try the ‘One-Pan’ Pasta heralded in Martha Stewart.

 

One Pan Pasta Martha Stewart Puglia

The tantalizing picture of their starting pot. Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living

One Pot Pasta Martha Stewart

Our starting pot also looked gorgeous (we think!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

The secret here, as is apparent from the pictures above, is that the chef placed dried pasta in the pot with water and all the ingredients for the sauce.  They all boil together and claim to deliver perfectly cooked pasta with a decadent sauce that “coats every strand.”

It was just as good as it looks and sounds!

 

Perfect One Pan Pasta

Perfectly cooked, coated and delicious.

 

 

We used:

1 box of linguine dried pasta

1/2 white onion thinly sliced

1 generous bunch of basil

2 boxes of cherry tomatoes halved

6 cloves of garlic cut in thirds length-wise

Generous pour of good quality olive oil

3 heaping quarter-size mounds of sea salt

Lots of freshly ground pepper

(We skipped the crushed red-pepper since we were serving children, but recommend using it for adults)

5 1/2 cups of water (However, this is 1 cup too much.  If you do not want to ladle out water (see below, it can be useful) then only use 4 1/2 cups)

 

 

The trick here is figuring out how much water to use.  However, if you are in the kitchen while it’s cooking you can always ladle out any excess water as everything cooks.  Our step-by-step pictures walk you through it:

 

One Pan Pasta Starting

The start before the stove is ignited.

 

 

 

One Pot Pasta

Starting to boil.

 

 

 

One pot pasta

Boiling

 

 

One Pot Pasta

We ladled out some water.

 

 

We ladled out about a bowlful of water.  Don’t count this as a mistake.  If you taste this broth it has an amazing robust flavor.

Freeze it to use in soups to add flavor or thickness from the starch

Use it in mashed potatoes, quinoa, risotto anything you would use broth in

Save it to add moisture to left over pasta the next day

 

 

One Pot Pasta

Almost done….

 

 

At this point you have to make sure you are stirring it occasionally with a large fork.  It will start to stick now and the starch makes it extra sticky.  

 

 

One Pot Pasta

Perfection!

 

 

You can add cheese, but the textures are so silky and rich you don’t need it.  Another sprinkle of fresh pepper and a few herbs are always welcome, but also not necessary.  The pasta tasted delicious the next day as well.

Enjoy!

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 27th June 2013

If kids can learn how to make a simple Bolognese sauce, they will never go hungry. It’s pretty easy to cook pasta, but a good sauce is way more useful.

 

Emeril Lagasse

 

BonConseil

Voleur: Steal this Strapless Look

  • 26th June 2013

You’ve definitely seen this look before, but with the slew of chic strapless dresses available this summer trying it is a must!  The underlying t-shirt is most commonly done in white, but we’ll try a few bright colors below too just to keep it fresh & fun!

 

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone looks lovely in Lanvin. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana

Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Magazine

 

 

 

 

Chances are, you have a black strapless dress in your closet already. But, if you don’t, here are a few to consider.

 

Lanvin Bow Back Strapless with Brocade Skirt

 

 

1.) Lanvin Bow Back Brocade Skirt, barneys.com, $4,930.00 (Pre-Order, August Delivery Expected)

2.) Izabel London Flower Trim Multi Layer Lace Dress, houseoffraser.co.uk, £ 26.00

3.) Women’s Leather Panel Strapless Dress by Halston Heritage, julesb.co.uk, £77.00

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4.) Burnout T-Shirt, topshop.com, $32.00

 

 

Bring on Colors!

Any chance we get to mix lemon yellow with french blue and strawberry red we take!

 

Loft Petite Striped Strapless Flare Dress

 

Pull it together with…. 

 

Charlotte Olympia Zodiac Suede Slippers

 

Petite Striped Strapless Flare Dress, loft.com, $98.00

Basic Crop Tee, topshop.com, $16.00

Charlotte Olympia Zodiac Suede Slippers, net-a-porter.com, $695.00

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in No. 4, Deep Strawberry Red, sephora.com, $34.00

 

 

A melon colored ballet t-shirt gives this more formal dress a casual summertime flare.

 

JCrew Lacey Dress in Cotton Cady

 

JCrew Lacey Dress in Cotton Cady, jcrew.com, $169.99

Perfect Fit Ballet Button-Tee, jcrew.com, $26.50

 

Add some great embellishments!

 

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Blue Note

 

Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Blue Note, chanel.com, $30.00

Lanvin Band Choker Brass, cultstatus.com.au, $486.50

Roberto Cavalli Necklace, yoox.com, $468.00

 

Do it Floral!

 

 

Zara Floral Print Strapless Dress

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Strapless Floral Print Mini Dress, farfetch.com, $759.50

Zara Floral Print Strapless Dress, zara.com, $49.99

Fine Jersey Short Sleeve Women’s T, americanapparel.net, $18.00

 

 

All you need is a great pair of heels to cap it off:

 

Sigerson Morrison Keiko High Heels with Studs

 

 

 

Sigerson Morrison Keiko High Heels with Studs, shopbop.com, $237.50

Pollini Closed Toe Patent White Pumps, shoescribe.com, $495.00

Luichiny’s Green Daz Ey-Mint, heels.com, $74.99

 

 

Making Fancy Look Effortless.  White Tank Top Under Organza Strapless.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia.

Making Fancy Look Effortless. White Tank Top Under Organza Strapless. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Russia.

Reflect on This!

  • 25th June 2013

Traffic stopping reflector embellishments are turning up everywhere from Resort 2014 runway shows to bomber jackets for Fall.

 

Lanvin Dress

Lanvin Embellished Dress. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com Paris

Donna Karan Gold Mirror Embellished Onepiece

Donna Karan. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com Paris

 

Mirror, mirror, on me!

 

Zara Mirrored Waistcoat
Zara Mirror Bomber Jacket

 

 

Mirrored Waistcoat, zara.com, $69.99

Mirrored Bomber Jacket, zara.com, $80.00

 

 

InStyle highlighted this ornate mini from Sachin + Babi and we found a similar look with Matthew Williamson.  Each one looks great paired with a monochrome tee.

 

Sachin + Babi Mirror Embellished Skirt

Sachin + Babi Mirror Embellished Skirt. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

Matthew Williamson Embroidered Mini Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Williamson Embroidered Mini Skirt, farfetch.com, $578.44

 

 

Denim & Supply Shorts Ralph Lauren

Denim & Supply Shorts Ralph Lauren. Photo Courtesy of Bazaar UK

 

 

Two Dresses One Trend… 

 

Free People Mirror Embellished Swing Dress

 

 

Free People Mirror Maze Swing Dress, shopbop.com, $400.00

 

Matthew Williamson Bhangra Beaded Dress

 

 

Matthew Williamson Bhangra Beaded Dress, matchesfashion.com, $4,045

 

 

Less $$ is More

 

Asos Cropped Sweatshirt with Mirror Embellishment

 

 

 

Asos Cropped Sweatshirt with Mirror Embellishment, asos.com, $50.91

 

Embellished Mirror Statement Necklace

 

Embellished Mirror Statement Necklace, accessorize.com, $37.00

 

 

tasseled paillette pouch anthropologie.com

 

 

 

Tasseled Paillette Pouch, anthropologie.com, $68.00

 

 

Taking the trend inside:

 

Abeille Side Table Ballard Designs
Sacha Mirror Ballard Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abeille Side Table, ballarddesigns.com, $255.00

 

Sacha Mirror, ballarddesigns.com, $369.00

 

Scalloped Diamond Mirror Wisteria

 

 

 

Scalloped Diamond Mirror, wisteria.com, $129.00 (for set of 5)

If You’re Heading to New Delhi…

  • 23rd June 2013

Spotlight:  Nikhil Thampi

 

Nikhil Thampi Fish & Yellow

 

When in New Delhi, hunt for contemporary fashions from this fresh talent. With luscious sweeping fabrics dominating his ‘winter’ collections and sheer quirky prints mixed with lemony yellow for his cruise collection, Thampi has shown customers and editors alike the wide range of his craft.

 

Chain link Dress Nikhil Thampi
Belted Open Dress Nikhil Thampi

 

For his cruise collection, Thampi references the work of artist Richard Artschwager who is defined by his stylistic independence.

 

Nikhil Thampi

 

 

“His signature works reflect bold minimalism through two-tone geometric installations.. color palette.. and fluid textures. The essence (creating maximum impact using minimum elements) of his works is the crux of my Cruise collection.”

 

 

Nikhil Thampi

 

 

At the moment, Thampi’s collections are available in two New Delhi locations:  Twist and  The Dressing Room

 

Gold Pants Nikhil Thampi
Velvet Dress Nikhil Thampi

 

Thampi is also in talks with retailers outside of India as well as online retailers.  Fantastic!!  So, soon enough we will all be able to slip into his unique cuts and saunter off!!

 

Nikhil Thampi
Nikhil Thampi

 

 

 

The Dressing Room

Shop No 2, Fiona Building

Juhu Tara Road, next to Aurus

 

Twist

No. 2 Hauz Khas Village

New Delhi, 110016

 

Savory Summer Vegetable Tart

  • 22nd June 2013
Summer Tarts

Summer Tarts

 

Whatever your summer soirée, this is one of the easiest summer appetizers to throw together and looks beautifully healthy and fresh as well.

 

Summer Tarts:

 Ingredients:

1 packet mini tart shells or pastry cups

1 box good quality crème fraîche

1 bunch dill

1 bunch green onions/scallions

1 bunch chives

Coarse sea salt/fresh ground pepper

1 box cherry tomatoes (preferably heirloom tomatoes that come in a variety of colors)

1 long English cucumber or 2 small Persians

 

 

Any fresh summer veggies can be used in these summer tarts which have as their base crème fraîche.    In the above we filled the tart cups 3/4 full with high-quality crème fraîche.  Each cup is topped with a thinly sliced cucumber, skin-on and a cherry tomato halved lengthwise.   Tarts look prettiest collectively if you find a multi-colored basket of heirloom cherry tomatoes that come in varying hues of yellow, red, purple and orange.  Generously sprinkle, chopped dill, chives and scallions on top.  Coarse sea salt and ground pepper add the finishing flourish!

 

• In lieu of cucumber and tomato sub-in differing bright vegetables:

Thinly shaved heirloom carrots

—Shaved baby beets

—Yellow and green summer squash

—2-3 fresh English peas

 

• In lieu of dill and chives try garnishing with:

A mix of fresh parsley, fresh basil and thyme

Shaved fresh green beans

 

• Garnish tarts while they are on your serving tray so that herbs and salt/pepper fall in between the tarts.  The presentation is more, fresh from the garden.

 

Veggies drying

 

 

• Rinse, slice, dry and chop your veggies and herbs the day before, allowing easy assembly the morning of.  Make sure all your veggies and herbs are dry, nothing is worse than a soggy tart!

 

Surfas Cups

Savory Tart Cups

 

 

• We purchased our tart shells from Surfas in Los Angeles, but any variety that is not too sweet will work.

 

 

Summer Tarts

 

 

• Make sure cups are filled generously and herbs and seasonings are heaped on top.