DELICIOUS & NUTRITIOUS
A request: Please take look at both the dish photographs. Both are equally unique, delicious and amazing. One is a power pancake: gluten free and healthful. The other is a banana tart tatin, silken, velvety and sinful. Interestingly, I taste both at the same venue. One which is making waves in Dubai ever since it opened recently.
PENROSE LOUNGE: POWER PANCAKE
She’s the gorgeous Layla Kardan and Dubai’s most famed singer. Making global waves is product and interior designer Ambika Hinduja and both of them are big fans of Chef Nicholas Trosien’s “power pancake”. As am I. We cant stop feasting on it in the stylish, upscale Penrose lounge with magnificent views of Dubai’s DIFC. It’s a refined feminine beautiful space with a menu of small salads, caviar, shellfish platters and the like. It is here that Chef Trosien weaves his magic. Having graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Miami, Chef Trosien honed his skills under many a globally renowned chef. His passion for exploring different cultures and cuisine brought him to the Middle-East. On our request, he shares the recipe of his must-try Power pancake.
3g chia seeds
10g oats (Gluten Free)
15g red quinoa (Cooked)
1 ea banana ( ½ caramelized with brown sugar , other ½ cut 1cm cube and add to the mix)
1 cup milk
2 tbsp melted butter
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Take the gluten free flour and baking powder and add 2 tablespoons of melted butter with 2 eggs and 1 cup of milk. Mix well with a wire whisk.
Add the remaining ingredients except the caramelized banana and fold to ensure it is equally incorporated.
Add desired amount of pancake mix to a non-stick pan with some butter and cook until golden brown on one side.
Flip the pancake and continue to cook.
Place the pancake on a plate and garnish with powdered sugar and caramelized banana.
Superhero seed… I love the way these versatile quinoa seeds when cooked retain a slight crunch. Love the delicate and subtly nutty quinoa flavour too.Happily this power pancake is made of the miracle Quinoa. Packed with nutrients, would you believe it has twice the protein content of rice or barley? quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese.
As Chef Trosien and Ambika Hinduja point out, Quinoa is among the least allergenic of all the ‘grains’, making it a fantastic gluten free choice. Quinoa is high in monounsaturated fat.
Amazing that a seed can be such a complete protein; quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids – including the elusive lysine and isoleucine acids, which most other grains lack. Its also naturally high in dietary fibre.
For sure, it is an amazing cocktail; anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids too. Cheers!
MAGNIFICENT MINA’s TART TATIN
Several years ago, Id dined at the globally renowned Michael Mina’s Aqua restaurant in San Francisco and become a fan. And was surprised and thrilled to find that bis
brand new “Mina Brasserie” has not only opened in Dubai but is the talk of the town here. Every square inch of this sexily glamorous restaurant bristles with starpower of the who’s who. Including our very own Mumbaikers. Ambika Hinduja, the brilliant product And interiors designer and Raman Macker the don of hospitality, poised to make global waves with his new international projects. Dining with them and the dapper hotel chief Lorenzo Maraviglia, Shiv Kumar and Ivo Krmpotic is a treat. As are Michael Mina’s Signature dishes, be it tuna tartare, dover sole or the banana tarte tatin. Ive always had the classic Apple tart tatin and was thrilled to trip out on Mina’s banana version. And even more to discover that our very own Sanchit Datta , patisseur had made it. He has shared the recipe. Should you neeD it please mail firstname.lastname@example.org