Two ways to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday

Most people will follow the tried and tested method – head to the nearest mall and shop till you drop!  There will be no traffic on the roads and no crowds in the mall, except for like-minded souls like yourself.  This method is great fun, atleast until the credit card bill arrives.


I tried the other method this time, that involves food, friends and a lot more fun.  We invited friends over, ostensibly to watch the game.  In the end, I am not sure how much of the game was really watched.  I am not even sure how many of the ads were watched.  The ads of course, are much more important than the game.  Probably the most important part.  Except perhaps for the half-time show.

We were too busy munching the snacks and chatting.  The somewhat unhealthy deep fried snacks.   The carrots, celery sticks and  grape tomatoes to assuage the guilt from eating said deep fried snacks. Then chips and salsa to wipe off the taste of said carrots and celery sticks.

The snacks lasted somewhere until the third quarter.  But just when the game started to show some  signs of life, we decided we were hungry.

My cooking was a great hit – as you know, anything tastes good when you are hungry.  We started off with my minestrone soup.


Actually, the soup started life as minestrone soup.  I was following the recipe to perfection and was very happy with the results.  But then R came along and took one look at it.  “It’s not as brown as it should be!” he declared.

Color is very important to R.  The last few years have taught me lessons like “nothing should be off-white if it can possibly be yellow” and so on.  Can you imagine, I wasted my entire childhood and a large part of adulthood without realizing that upma should always be yellow.

So I was not surprised when R insisted that greenish-brown was just not enough – the soup had to be brown.  While I watched in horror, he proceeded to add sambar powder into the soup.  Then tamarind paste.  I just stood rooted, thinking of those movies where the mother in law adds two helpings of salt.  For once, I wished R would really be chained to the TV instead of joining me in the kitchen.

The soup survived.  I am not sure if I should still call it minestrone anymore, but it did turn a satisfying shade of brown.  Thankfully, with all the vegetables and beans adding flavor, the desi additions did not seem to have much effect.

Not that it mattered.  My “Olive Garden minestrone soup” recipe called for adding soy sauce.  Which is just about as Italian as tamarind paste and sambar powder are.  That is what R would say anyway.

As I said, the soup was a great hit.  Just goes to show how conditioned our palates are.  We already know how to Indianize Chinese food and McDonald’s burgers.  I am just showing the way to Indianize minestrone soup.

As for the Super Bowl ?  The Giants won ! What more could one ask for?  I really only watched the last two minutes of the game.  It turned out later that those were the only minutes worth watching of the whole four hours.  Eli Manning made a superb play and did I mention, the Giants won ?

Now if only I could get away with watching just two minutes of all football games.  But the next game is more than half a year away.  To me, that’s enough cause to celebrate.


13 thoughts on “Two ways to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday

  1. Are you talking about american (hand &) football where some huge madmen run after a ball which isn’t exactly a ball ? Heh, Gimme your Soup-er bowl anyday instead 😉

  2. hehehe, Giants so deserved to win 🙂

    So not fair posting pictures and all – indianized versions espcially, when one is forced to eat pickle and rice! 😦

  3. tabula rasa: Soy sauce would have been good, if I had some on hand 🙂 Green apples in tabasco? Should try that sometime..

    Mungi: “The Super Bowl with a Bowl of Soup”, eh? Thanks – that sounds like a good idea for a header. Too late now 😦

    rads: Yes, the Giants completely deserved it 🙂 Why are you forced to eat pickle and rice? My sympathies 🙂

    Bhel Puri: I am quite sure that all the stuff I missed was completely boring 😛 I am somewhat disappointed though, that I did not watch all of Tom Brady’s that must have been great fun!

  4. If the soup did not turn out in proper color then change the color of the bowl… 🙂

    Btw the serving tray in the center looks good.

  5. Lekhni,
    It was cruel of you to taunt us with pictures of all that delicious food and not invite us faithful readers to your Superbowl party. Tsk. And I thought minestrone was supposed to be red!

  6. hahha…thats a funny peice…but hey till now I never knew upma has to be yellow!!!..only kichidi is supposed to be…or thats what I thought…does R has reliable source to authenticate this info???…

    btw thats wonderful spread…looking at your culinary expertise…why don’t you do a food blog?..may I ask..:D

  7. Me: Thanks, I also like the simplicity of that serving tray.

    Kamini: But you don’t need the formality of an invitation, you are always welcome 🙂

    Red minestrone soup? That’s the Americanized version, drowned in tomato sauce 🙂 My point to R was that since minestrone soup really does not have any fixed ingredients, it also should not have a specified color. But try convincing R 😦

    dipali: My revised version started off with this recipe and just substituted tamarind paste and sambar powder for the soy sauce. I also added diced tomatoes and boiled potatoes.

    A Cynic in Wonderland: Idli and minestrone soup? You should not give me such ideas, I might be tempted to try them 😛

    Srivalli: Neither did I 😦 His reliable source is his Mom, of course! Can’t argue after that, can I?

    Food blog? I have my hands full with just this blog, thank you 🙂

  8. In these turbulent times of war and international hatred, your very inclusive minestrone soup could be the answer the world needs. Don’t be surprised if the uber liberals of the Obama camp contact you. Hell, you could be like that Team Mom in that ad for some brand of chilli with Donovan McNabb and other football players I don’t know.

    As you know, I don’t really care about football, well not this one anyway, but I am glad the Giants won, since I am guessing they were the underdogs against the Pats in the final (for all you know I could be wrong and the Pats might not even have qualified for the finals this year, but they have been doing it for a while now[right?]; so its a safe assumption).

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