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Complex tastes

Complex tastes This dish has been inspired by the food from the street vans of the world. Street food often showcases the unique creativity of the vendors. This dish has a complex taste and is a medley of four different dishes. Contributed by  Rajan Manickavasagam . Published  01. September 2013 Mushroom and beans Ingredients 10 whole mushrooms 8 - 10 chopped long beans  1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper 1 teaspoon olive oil Instructions Heat the oil in a pan. Season the pan with the salt and pepper. Add the mushrooms and beans. Saute the vegetables on a high flame for a few minutes until they begin to brown. Sausages Ingredients 3-4 chopped sausages 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper 1 chopped coriander Instructions Roast the sausages in the pan until they are lightly brown. Season them with black pepper and garnish them with the fresh coriander. Sweet and sour sauce Ingredients 2-3 tablespoon of rice wine v

Tech - Nine Windows of Architecture

The world at large has been going through a phase of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity). Some say that this is the new "normal". Although, this term was initially coined by the US Army War College, it applies to the world of business and markets as well. As a result, the VUCA conditions impose more strain on IT departments to deliver solutions that are sustainable and flexible. There are several structured techniques one can employ to manage this scenario. One of the techniques is called - "Nine Windows". This technique looks at two dimensions - time and space. The time represented as past, present and future. The space dimension is modelled as - super system, system and sub system. Nine Windows As an IT architect, a lot of my time is spent working with teams on solution architecture and implementation. Sometimes, when there are several or competing options available, I use this technique. Typically, there is a tendency to focus

Cups of joy

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well." ~Virginia Woolf Cupcakes made by my co-conspirators and me. One of the recent trends all over the world has been the popularity of cupcakes.  I suppose people are becoming more health and wallet concious. Added to that is the creativity from the deli and patisserie establishments. I have found baking always a bit tricky because one doesn't often have a chance to course-correct if there are any mistakes in the cooking. You get to see the results only at the end. So far, my attempts at baking have been hit-and-miss. So, I thought of giving a bakery class a shot. I went for a weekend class at Spoonful of Sugar in Bangalore .  If you are in Bangalore, you should give this class a go. Chef Yuvna Damani took us through all the steps in making the cupcakes and the icing. All the participants then had to make their own too. We made vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes with various icing o

Song Review - Chasing The Sun

Posted by Rajan Manickavasagam July 17th, 2013 Rating:  5  out of 5 Calvary Cemetery in Queens - by Wikipedia User  Plowboylifestyle The album ' The Blessed Unrest ' by Sara Bareilles has just been released. It contains a superb collection of songs imbibing pop, soul and jazz musical styles. The outstanding song in the album is ' Chasing The Sun '. I would recommend this song and even the entire album to anyone. The song is sung from the vantage point of the cemetery in Queens. The photograph aptly captures the essence of the song. We spend our lives chasing our moment in the sun. Everyone is keen to see the skyscrapers in the city but there are over 3 million tiny skyscrapers in the cemetery too. There are songs in the past that eulogised the hustle and bustle of New York, like - 'New York Minute' (Don Henley), 'New York, New York' (Frank Sinatra'). This song captures New York in a more reflective mood. Sara's voice is str

Tech - Doin it Right

I recently participated in a Hackathon organized at my company. While, I am not at liberty to tell what the hack was, I can share the experience though. We all usually have ideas brimming about how we could improve or change things. A lot of times, one does not get the time to act on those ideas. Sometimes, these ideas require time, people, resources, money etc.  Our Hackathon got off to a great start with music by Daft Punk - 'Doin it Right'. It certainly set the tempo. Focus It is easy to get carried away with the ideas. Learn to focus on the idea. Once, you have something in mind, explore it in more detail and flesh it out. Bounce the idea around with different people to get various perspectives. Perhaps, you may fall in love with the it or just drop it. If you must, fail quickly and learn from it. Team Unless, you are planning to go it solo, get a great team. Ensure that there are diverse skills, experiences, even temperaments. The most fun you will ha

Tech - Balance is the key

In the world of services, a challenge we will face is the granularity of a service. As a principle, it is recommended that a service should be granular. As more and more services are built, this allows developers to 'compose' or 'combine' the services to achieve a desired feature. But, this has a potential pitfall. Often, there may be a need to combine the services  in a certain way. The options are either to modify the service or to have another service on that does the ​aggregation. There are pros and cons both ways. Here is an interesting example from 3Scale - . And, an equally interesting article on being pragmatic vs dogmatic - . If  you are building services/API, there may well be a case for sometimes being pragmatic or dogmatic or both! You may need to evaluate each scenario on a cas

Food for a king

Food for a king The galouti kebabs are known to be first cooked in the kitchens of Awadh royalty. One could say that, they are an indian version of meat patties. They are supposed to be very soft and legend has it that the dish was first created for a 'toothless' nawab in Lucknow. This recipe is my take on this legendary kebab. They can be had on their own with chutney or as a filling in a burger or kati roll. Contributed by  Rajan Manickavasagam . Published  17. February 2013 Chicken Galouti Kebabs Ingredients 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste) 1 tablespoon of crushed black pepper  2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste 1 chopped red onion 3-4 diced cubes of raw pumpkin 1 chopped green chilli 1 teaspoon red chilli powder 1 teaspoon of turmeric 1 tablespoon of garam masala powder 1 cardamom 1 bay leaf 1 mace 1 teaspoon of fennel 3-4 tablespoon of butter or clarified butter 500g of chicken mince Instructions Season the chicken mince wi