I am back after a month long vacation in India and a week of absolute inertia – a combination of jet lag and complete exhaustion from travel, unpacking, washing, putting away stuff – you know how it goes and contrived though it is, I would love a no strings attached vacation right now – in an beautiful island – in a tranquil and exquisitely decorated suite overlooking aquamarine waters – where i sleep as I wish, have massages aplenty and lots and lots of wonderfully nourishing vegetarian food brought to me for the asking or on a pre-planned schedule – a yoga and dance workout when I feel like it or I may most likely prefer a dip in that azure water – Someone to towel my hair dry and paint my nails as I read some books I’ve been meaning to for a long time… sigh – see – the holiday stupor has not left me one bit! And this is a very concerted effort to get back to my blog in the hope that I will feel motivated with your comments – so PLEASE leave your comments for me and get me back to reality! Hugs in advance
|Fondue with Steamed Veggie Platter|
Fondue is a very high fat meal. Under normal circumstances makes me cringe at the number of fat calories we consume while eating this highly delicious, yet horrifically caloric meal. Hmm, what to do? How can I have my Fondue and eat it too?
This is when I start becoming an inventor – well I don’t dare claim that this has not been done before. Hardly that! But I think smart ideas cannot be copyrighted, censored or censured since many people have them at different times and when it comes to the gastric pleasures, people do experiment a lot. A typical fondue preparation required Gruyere or Emmentaler cheese (a couple fine Swiss cheese) white wine for the dip. What we can do is find things to dip in the fondue that are low calories, and help offset the fat of the cheese like, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peppers, green, red, yellow and orange and avoid meats, bread and other heavy stuff that compound the calorie intake.
If you are craving a chocolate fondue, try a semi sweet, dark chocolate melted with a little sherry or port wine or liqueur like Kahlua. But rather than dip pound cakes, rice crispy treats, or Blondies, restrict yourself to the pleasure of dipping strawberries, crisp apples or pears, nuts like walnuts or almonds.
The moral being, there are certain foods that are meant to be fatty or sugary. While we cannot put up much resistance to them, unless we decide to go vegan and use potato starch to make a stringy dip, the best we can do is control what we dip in these and make it a less guilt-ridden dish.
We love fondues and have always used lightly steamed veggies to dip, but bread has been a part of it which I now wish to avoid. I have bought the awesomest steamer from India which I used for the veggies. turned out perfect!
For the Fondue Preparation
1) 1 cup each (or more) of grated Gruyere & Emmentaler cheeses. I did not get Emmentaler yesterday but substituted with Fontina – basically you need cheese that will melt smoothly and easily so I am sure there are other choices.
2) 3 cloves of garlic
3) 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper (optional)
4) 1/4 cup of white wine (I used a moscato -sweet wine which tasted brilliant in this since it was far too sweet to drink) Again many other kinds of wines will suit – google mama will only be too happy to help ya with your selection (this again is optional and can be substituted with 1/4 cup of milk, just to get the melting process started.
5) A pinch of nutmeg
On low heat, start the melting process on a regular stove.
If you have a fondue pot, then transfer this into it and have a candle flame underneath to keep the cheeses from thickening – If this happens keep the pot on the stove ready and re melt.
Go with non-startchy veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms etc… Attack with gusto – it makes for a fun meal when some of us ate standing to get a better swipe of the cheese. The fun also lies in losing your veggies in the cheese. Enjoy and I hope to be back with more.
Happy New Year all and May all your dreams and wishes come true and may you have good health and good food always
Happy New Year Priya!! Fondue with steam veggies is superb idea to start healthy this year..
and better than Chocolcates .. 😉
Yum! Yum! Yum!
Very delicious ..
Happy New Year!!
Well, a trip to India can hardly be termed as a vacation…not with the kinda of travelling and socializing we do there! Glad to have you back with your awesome recipes and this fondue is a winner!
Greattt fondue, yumm!!
Looks yummy and tempting..love it
happy new year!! looks very healthy I'vent try this at home.. bookmarked this recipe..
Looks so good. Welcome back.
Happy New Year Priya. I really liked your kick with the healhty stuff.
PS: I like your cute boel kind platter with veggies. sigh :-p
Aaahaha, this is a fantastic way to make fondue a bit more "healthy". I totally agree – it's insanely bad… all that molten cheese leaving a lead ball in your belly. Nice idea to serve it like this!
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Welcome back from your India trip. Fondue looks so delicious and mouthwatering.
Happy 2012, Priya!! That's true…we need a vacation, after a vacation in India :). I would so love the kind of vacation u just described :). At first look, i thought it was white chocolate :). looks YUM!!
This looks yummy..Delicious
I totally agree with your idea of ideal vacation..sigh I wish I can get lost in some island but with all luxuries(hehe) for some days.
And the wine drunken fondue is something I wish to try too..looks really yum yum.
very healthy vaggie, good one
awesome recipe Priya ! Good to haev you back !
Happy new year. Hope you had a good vacation ..
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Super dish priya!!!
Good to have u back!!!! Happy new year 😉 And this is my all time fav dish!!! Fondue is comfort food for me!!!
welcome back gal- is there any place for the dream vacation u have mentioned; your version of fondue has my thumbs-up !
Happy new year !! Hope u had a great time .. Awesome fondue and the platter looks so so yumm..
Welcome back sweetie!
We've been missing you in this while a lot, and thankfully you are back with such tantalizing posts..
Fondue is entirely new to me but loved reading the paras, your holiday fever, and sure we are here to help you come out of it.
The food looks just wow! I have to bookmark it.
Wow! Awesome! Love it! What the holiday you have described.;)!
Love the fondue never have heard a lot abt it though. must fine out wher it is served in Goa.
What a lovely vocation you have! I always feel so relax and refresh after yoga lesson. Fondue with steam veggies is great idea, especially with the cauliflower!
Just mouthwatering…looks so yummy & delicious!
looks delicious and tempting clicks ….
Happy new year to you too Priya. Recently found a place in Hyderabad that will serve fondue and hoping to get a taste soon. Might be a better option in India as the exotic cheeses are not readily available. Love your new steamer and love more a healthy idea to enjoy fondue. Welcome back.
I just went through your previous posts and I am going to try so many of them in the future..Promise
you are very innovative with your culinary skills and thats a great thing
This looks awesome. .Happy New year
Hope u had a great vacation Priya..Happy New year to u and ur family…interesting recipe..
great idea to get the kids eat veggies.Is there a non alcoholic version or any substitutes?
Happy new year dear… Fondue looks amazing. Will try this soon.
Hope u had a fabulous vacation,saw few pic of ur meet with few blogger friends..Fondue looks fabulous and inviting.
Wonderful idea! Now this is something I am going to make soon!
yummy looks wonderful
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