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An Afternoon With Four Seasons

Image Courtesy: Vidya Lakshmi 
It was a lovely afternoon at Grand Hyatt (MG Road Bangalore) on 18th Jan 2014 where Four Seasons invited food & lifestyle bloggers of Bangalore for a wine tasting event coupled with live cookout session with the help of top chefs of the city.


The event started around 2PM with a lovely warm welcome from the employees of Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons and Ginger Claps. The event was also able to pull some of the notable names in the blogosphere including some of my most favorite bloggers Vidya Lakshmi and Shalini Chopra. I was also able to meet some of my online friends/popular b'lore tweeples at the event (Vinay, Arvind, Skanda to name a few)

The live cookout session started with bloggers forming groups of 5. My team had Vinay, Skanda, Jayashree & Sumath. Vinay & Skanda being pure vegetarians preferred to choose spinach & ricotta tortellini, and me along with Sumath & Jayashree were just couldn't wait to jump onto the 'Jamaican Rub chicken' which was not ready yet :-P

The chefs @ The Grand Hyatt, helped us with the initial preparation (In fact, the whole :-P ) of the dishes. They also gave us very clear instructions with patience on how do we proceed with it and how can we innovate while cooking. 

Here's how we prepared the dishes - 

Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini

Ingredients:

Tortellini
Refined Flour 500 gms
Egg Yolks 15 No.
Salt 5 gm
Spinach 500 gms
Ricotta Cheese 100 gms
Saffron Cream Sauce
Butter 100 gms
Refined Flour 100 gms
Milk 1 Ltr
Saffron 0.5 gms
Salt 2 gms
Pepper 2 gms

Procedure:

1. Mix flour, egg yolk and salt and make smooth dough and keep it aside.
2. Boil the washed spinach leaves and finely chop it and mix with ricotta cheese.
3. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
4. Roll the sheet and cut the round shape around 2 inches in diameter, place the spinach mixture in center and fold half-moon and then twist to make the tortellini shape.
5. Make a roux by cooking equal quantity of flour and butter.
6. Heat the milk and incorporate the roux into it, and then strain it.
7. Add the saffron to the sauce and keep it aside.
8. Heat the sauce and add the blanched tortellini to it.


Jamaican Rub Chicken

Ingredients:

Chicken Supreme/ Leg 100 gms

Marination:

Tomato Puree 200 gms
Chopped Onions 50 gms
Chopped Garlic 30 gms
Salt 5 gms
Pepper 10 gms
Fennel Powder 20 gms
Honey 10 gms
Chili Flakes 10 gms
Thyme 5 gms
Oil 60 ml
Vinegar 15 ml

Procedure:

1. Take the tomato puree in a pan. 
2. Fine chop some onions and garlic and mix it in the puree.
3. Add salt, pepper, fennel powder, chili flakes and thyme and mix well.
4. Finish the marinations with honey, oil and vinegar. 
5. Clean the chicken breast and marinate it well with the tomato and spice rub.
6 .Grill the marinated chicken supreme on a pre-heated grill and serve hot.

Few Snaps from the event - Image Courtesy (Vidya Lakshmi & Aravind Balakrishnan):






















About Four Seasons:
Enjoying a glass of wine is like holding a story by the stem. Theme, character, composition – critical elements of a story, all find expression in India’s most awarded range of wines - Four Seasons.  The award-winning range of wines have been crafted with the technical expertise of Bouvet-Ladubay, France and perfectly complement different styles of cuisines.The varietal range available in three reds, three whites and a rose, has been styled to suit the diversity of the Indian palate. Hence, one will find the wines fairly fruit forward, with a good balance.  The premium range of Four Seasons  Barrique Reserve Collection, available in two popular varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, are made in limited batches and undergo a nine-month maturation in new French oak barrels that lends these wines a subtle complexity, an enigmatic bouquet, a velvety texture and a lingering finish – truly living up to their reserve designation.Enjoy the experience of unravelling, sip by exquisite sip, the heart, body and soul of this unique Indian wine story – Four Seasons.

About Webber
US based, Weber® is the world’s leading manufacturer of charcoal grills, gas grills and grilling accessories. Weber is about delicious barbecue food and fun, entertaining times with friends and family. Weber® organises interactive cookout sessions and grilling demos in India for anyone who would like to learn more about grilling. Weber® grill brand products are sold throughout India. For information on Weber®, grilling tips and delicious Weber® recipes visit –Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/weberbbqindia / Website: www.weberindia.com / Customer Care toll free number 1800.102.3102.

About Hyatt Bangalore MG Road
Hyatt Bangalore MG Road is not only the first Hyatt hotel in Bangalore, it is also the only international hotel brand in the city’s Central Business District at this time. Ensconced in a green oasis in the heart of the city, it is an intimate and lush haven for the business traveller.  Modern d├ęcor, award-winning restaurants, and enthusiastic service ensure a welcoming stay for our guests. Find them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HyattBangaloreMGRoad
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