Starve?
There’s no need to starve. Food, especially good snacks that are willing to come together with fruits and veggies are always the right choice for the taste buds. Believe me, taste buds will just do the rock-n-roll when you do what I did with McCain veggie-fingers, aloo-tikki, and potato-cheez-shotz this rakhi (#RakhiWithMcCain) when we had a few guests.

Aloo-tikki upon apple sounds almost like Stratford upon Avon or Newcastle upon Tyne, doesn’t it? Travel enthusiasts will drool over the mention of the places I’ve named and foodies are sure to say, ‘What is all this fusion about?’

Aloo-tikki upon apple sounds almost like Stratford upon Avon or Newcastle upon Tyne, doesn’t it?

Aloo-tikki upon apple sounds almost like Stratford upon Avon or Newcastle upon Tyne, doesn’t it?

Yes, fusion is what we’re talking about and let there be no confusion about it. This combo gives the right degree of a healthy sweet touch to the joyous salt-n-spice of an aloo-tikki. Wraps the taste with that chaat-effect without any of its ill-effects, I’d say.

All I did was to cut round slices of both green and red apple… smear a bit of ketchup between the slices and allowed some of this reddish yumminess ooze over on the plate. Then I gingerly placed one McCain aloo-tikki after air-frying it, on this and the first tasty trip was ready to be served. You have the option to deep fry all the McCain snacks if you are inclined to… but we generally air fry our stuff for that little extra ammunition against bullying HDLs and TGLs.

Potato-cheez-shotz and kheera pierce sounds simply desi… and is the simplest to prepare when you have guests dropping in without notice. All I did was to have a stock of round-cut kheera pieces, a few wooden tooth-picks, and a pack of McCain potato-cheez-shotz with all their playfulness untethered!

Potato-cheez-shotz and kheera pierce sounds simply desi… and is the simplest to prepare when you have guests dropping in without notice.

Potato-cheez-shotz and kheera pierce sounds simply desi… and is the simplest to prepare when you have guests dropping in without notice.

So what did I do? I air-fried the shotz and then had a deep discussion with Specky, my wife. I wanted to smear the kheera pieces with ketchup and then dip them in aloo-bhujia before piercing two of them with the tooth-pick and then sandwiching one shotz before piercing another couple of these bhujia-dipped veggie grenades! ‘Well, I veto this suggestion,’ said Specky… and what can a dutiful husband do but obey. So we had these pierced-snack sans bhujia. But let me just add that the bhujia addition would have given them that lurch that only an item number from Rakhi Sawant has the power to give.

Well, we then had the cheese-smeared veggie fingers that looked simply orgasmic and tasted heavenly! The technique is to first fry the McCain veggie-fingers and only then place a longitudinally cut cheese slice on it before micro-waving it for 30 seconds. The dripping cheese makes the snack a sinfully sensual experience… imagine saying ‘Mmmm…’ before gliding it in your mouth and giving it a gently bite. The cheesy bit melts and the fingers crunchily caress your taste-buds and make them explode with pleasure.

Cheese-smeared veggie fingers... the technique is to first fry the McCain veggie-fingers and only then place a longitudinally cut cheese slice on it before micro-waving it for 30 seconds.

Cheese-smeared veggie fingers… the technique is to first fry the McCain veggie-fingers and only then place a longitudinally cut cheese slice on it before micro-waving it for 30 seconds.

The dripping cheese makes the snack a sinfully sensual experience…

The dripping cheese makes the snack a sinfully sensual experience…

Now imagine your guests unwilling to say no to more servings… but don’t worry as McCain snacks come in large packs, is easily available, and the prep time is not a hassle at all.

Let me give the final USP of keeping McCain in your freezer… your husband too can don the apron and be the snack-chef for the evening as you remain busy playing your little game of whispered gossip with your excited friends.

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McCain magic comes in large packs and every freezer must stock it well

McCain magic comes in large packs and every freezer must stock it well

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My experiments in snack serving needed these three McCain variants

My experiments in snack serving needed these three McCain variants

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Let me give the final USP of keeping McCain in your freezer… your husband too can don the apron and be the snack-chef for the evening as you remain busy playing your little game of whispered gossip with your excited friends.

Let me give the final USP of keeping McCain in your freezer… your husband too can don the apron and be the snack-chef for the evening as you remain busy playing your little game of whispered gossip with your excited friends.

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The McCain delicacies creatively done

The McCain delicacies creatively done

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Arvind Passey
31 August 2015