Cookbook In Arms!!!

Saturday, 17 May 2014 - 6:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

My eyes popped out when I read ,"We may not need cook books no more"... Hopefully there's no truth to that. Being a cookbook author myself and with a new book project just about to start, this story was a real shocker! But how cool is it. The brainchild of Italian designers Marina Cincirpini and Sarah Richiuso, I Tradizionali offers various body artwork designs using simple images to give instructions. These genius designers were inspired to create the concept by the thought of combining culinary and traditional tattoo-culture.

They said,"Rather, it puts our bodies at the core of cooking. This idea has clearly inspired the illustrations which are also used to demonstrate how the recipe is done." Simple recipes with brilliant illustrations pave a way to actually have it "up your sleeve". Available both in English and Italian. Sure a cookbook is a cookbook but imagine anyone and even student chefs have this temporary tattoo on their arm flowing instructions / a simple recipe and cooking along. For those who spill more food over their I pads, smartphones and cookbooks have not to worry any more. The tattoo is applied on the skin, illustration side down is pressed carefully using a damp cloth or towel and gently peeled away to transfer the image. Voila and there you have a dish on your arm. So roll up your sleeves and start
to cook. Imagine a whole cookbook full of recipe tattoos which you peel off , paste and take it to your kitchen or wherever you go.

I can imagine using organic food colour to create simple recipes for children, non hazardous where there is a fun element plus concentration and DIY quick recipes for kids.What would be cool is to have weekly specials inked on to my arm and show it to my guests to choose from!! Yeah right!! But why stop there? How about, Scratch-and-Sniff temporary tattoos that give you an aromatic preview of the meal before you cook it? Cool eh!! I can image gettinga whiff of actually what I am going to cook and how it should really smell. I am already beginning to get some mad ideas…a great educational tool, a different method to follow instructions. Innovation and Technology …take it away baby!! Talking about Recipe cards…here's one for you to try and enjoy at home..Have a great weeke end..

Greek Watermelon salad
1 medium sized watermelon, peeled , diced

1 medium sized cucumber, peeled , diced

1 medium sized onion, peeled, diced

½ cup black & green olives

1 medium sized yellow bell pepper, diced

1 medium sized tomato, ripe, diced

2 tbsp flax seeds

1 tbsp pistachios

1 head rocket/ romaine lettuce

1 tbsp chopped parsley


3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp salt

½ tsp oregano

½ tsp cumin powder

1/3 tsp kasuri methi

Blend/ whisk the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Let it rest in the refrigerator until needed. Toss all the ingredients in a bowl. Season to taste. Drizzle the salad with the lemon oregano dressing.

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