Friday, October 21, 2011

Discover QVENDO and rediscover HOT!

We are the “online” generation. Really. From teenagers who say “OMG” instead of “Oh My God” to paying bills via internet banking, from FB chats and gtalk instead of writing letters and making phone calls, to browsing catalogues online instead of walking to your nearest mall – we do every single thing online! The internet is our very own Magic Wand; one wave and we enter the fairy tale land of our dreams…

Take this blog even… instead of the old fashioned way of maintaining recipe diaries with clippings and hand-written recipes, we now have food blogs that are all about storing measures and ingredients online for posterity. But no, I have nothing against this internet age.  In fact, I too have discovered the joys of shopping online recently and must admit that it is quite addictive! Designer brands, cool accessories, great discounts and the ease of sitting at home and having stuff delivered at your doorstep. No more trudging for hours in a mall and soaking your tired, aching feet in hot water after! :D  What’s not to like??!

So when I saw this contest on Indiblogger about QVENDO, the luxury private shopping club website, I had to participate. The contest is about what you would buy on QVENDO if you had Rs. 50,000/- So here is my wish list:

1.    This absolutely amazing red and white candy-striped Armani Jeans dress that is totally drool-worthy! Because its feminine, eye-catching and would suit just about any figure…  And I love red. Its my favorite color right after black!  Qvendo price Rs.12,900/-

2.   This gorgeous green Dear Cashmere waistcoat that’s perfect to wear to work where the Air-Conditioning can be a real killer! Also, it is so eye-catching yet light enough to be worn in the Mumbai winters. Qvendo Price Rs.5,600/-
3.      Strappy Chloe Peep-toes in Blue just because I absolutely love that colour J And I have a complete show fetish. If I had the money, I would totally have one of those walk-in shoe closets which would house every designer label!!! Sigh…. Someday…. Qvendo price Rs.15,900/-

4. These super-cool Hugo Boss Black Boots which would be perfect as a gift for my husband Sid. It is his birthday next month and I know he would dig these boots!  He is a complete jeans and boots man and please, which guy can resist Hugo Boss boots??! Qvendo price Rs.11,700/-
5.     And finally, the sassy, smart, white and brown CK Duffle Bag which is a great accessory with just about any dress. I have been wanting a good designer bag for ages now, but haven’t managed to see one that I like and can afford! But this one, completely fits the bill. Qvendo price Rs.3,900/-
Total Damages – Rs.50,000/-
But it would be money truly well-spent! Wouldn’t you agree?? So if you are one of those shopaholics, you must check out QVENDO and register here for some of the most awesome deals on luxury brands!

So there! Now in keeping with the theme of the day, today’s recipe is something that, like all the above goodies, is super hot, super quick and an all-round winner :)


Boneless Chicken – 500gms
Onion – 1 large
Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves
Ching’s Secret Black Pepper Sauce – 2 tbsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Spring Onions – 4 to 5 (optional)
Parsley or Coriander – for garnish
Oil – 1 tbsp

For the marinade:
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Salt – as per taste
Ginger-garlic paste – ½ tsp
Freshly ground pepper – ½  tsp
Ching’s Secret Black Pepper Sauce – 1 tsp

Marinate the chicken in the lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, salt, pepper and Black pepper sauce. Set aside for half an hour. Slice the onion finely and chop the garlic cloves. Fry in 1 tbsp of oil till translucent. Now add the marinated chicken, mix well and continue to cook. Add 2 additional tablespoons of Ching’s Secret Black pepper sauce, half a cup of water, a little sugar, and adjust salt. Cover and cook for 15min till the chicken is soft and tender.

Now chop the spring aonions and sprinkle right at the end. Give it a good stir.  Garnish wish some parsley and take it off the stove.

The way I like it:
Serve hot with some fried rice or noodles. Each person has his/her own threshold of heat/pepper… so if this proves to be too hot for your taste, just dilute with 1tsp cornflour mixed in half a cup of water.