From sorbet to tofu steaks: 12 chefs on surprising and delicious ways to use your freezer | Food

For many of us, the freezer is for storing things from the frozen aisle and, at a push, a few spares (of milk and bread) to avoid late-night stumbles to the cornershop. But, as any restaurant chef or resourceful home cook will tell you, your icebox is your best friend. Used well, it will sort out pretty much any culinary predicament: dessert options for unexpected guests, lunchbox treats for last-minute outings, emergency dinners for impatient toddlers. All it takes is a little prep and some good ideas. Here are a few to get you going. Slice the tops off two medium oranges and scoop out the flesh, taking care not to break the skin. Blitz the flesh in a blender, then sieve to obtain the juice. Mix in 2 tbsp honey, then pour into a freezer box and place in the freezer, along with the empty orange skin cups. After 24 hours, break up the sorbet with a fork to obtain a smooth texture. When ready to eat, fill the orange cups with sorbet and garnish with fresh mint. Freezing, then defrosting firm tofu over a sieve is a great trick for draining it of its water (instead of weighting it down to press the water out), thereby creating an excellent meat-like texture. Once defrosted, slice in...

Finally Some Good Sense Prevails for Flexible Packaging!

On 22nd April, the World celebrated Earth Day and it could not have been any timelier for me to write this piece for the readers of Business Today!Much has been said and written vilifying flexible packaging in India and overseas alike, particularly during the last decade and a half. It ends up in oceans and rivers; keeps piling on roadsides adding to nuisance; cannot be reprocessed; cannot be put to any alternate use; chokes drainage systems; kills cows and buffaloes who ingest packaging while grazing on garbage heaps etc. are just a few of the very many accusations hurled at this absolutely versatile form of packaging. Some states in India have also gone to the extent of imposing ban on plastic bags. Let me play a devil’s advocate for a moment and assume that all that I have mentioned hereinabove is true. Do these packets walk on two legs and get immersed in our water bodies? Do these packs yell and say ‘Hey, please dump me by the roadside so that I could mingle with my siblings coming from other outlets’?  Do these packs gang up and find a cosy corner for themselves in our drain holes? The answer is a BIG FAT ‘NO’. It is the irresponsible behaviou...