Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Erna’s Jackfruit-Dates Ice-Popsicle & Animal Rights

Anjali Gopalan with Popsicle

Animal & human rights activist Anjali Gopalan enjoying a vegan ice-popsicle

One of my favourite get-aways around Delhi is All Creatures Great and Small, an animal shelter/paradise run by my lovely friend and animal + human rights activist Anjali Gopalan.

 Since Anjali is vegan with a very, very sweet tooth I decided to make some ice cream for her and grabbed the opportunity to ask her a few questions about food while she was eating her popsicle.

 Why are you vegan?

I have been vegetarian for a very long time. A few years ago, when I started work with animals I witnessed the plight of cows and their calves. Male calves were starved to death because they are of no use and their mother’s milk is taken away for human consumption. If felt bad for the calves and thought what I could do for them.

19989114_10155314065595575_761261416_n How has a vegan lifestyle changed the way you look at food?

I did some research and realised that milk and milk products are not an essential necessity for human nutrition and I decided I could do without, veganism made sense for me.

 The only thing I need to take care of is to keep the Vitamin B12 levels balanced, for that I take supplements.

 In return, I feel that my energy levels are higher and it helped, along with other measures, control my sugar levels.

Overall being vegan is a solution where everyone benefits: I feel healthier and I contribute to a kinder and more compassionate world.

Thank you Anjali!


I invite you to come over to watch this lovely video on All Creatures Great and Small by India Today.

And for those who have a sweet tooth like Anjali, I will write down the vegan ice cream recipe in my next blog post… so stay tuned.

Greetings and guten Appetit,

 Chef Maya-Lisa

Chef Maya-Lisa @ Recipe Exchange Program

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Last week Erna’s Gourmet participated in a Recipe Exchange Program organised by Buon Cibo in New Delhi. Buon Cibo partnered with Foodlcoud to select the most innovative recipes to be published in a cook book, Erna’s Apple Strudel being one of them.

Chef Maya-Lisa of Erna’s Gourmet stood question & answer participants had regarding the recipe.

We met enthusiastic home-chefs, budding food entrepreneurs and enjoyed the energy good food brings with it.

Enjoy your meal & guten Appetit!

Sing the song of Baked Ham Pasta | Schinkenfleckerl

ooops, here should be a pic of delicious ham pasta

handmade pasta, ham, sourcream and lots of love!

“Fleckerl” is an Austrian term for diced slices of pasta. “Schinken” is German for “ham”. Baked Ham Pasta is a baked casserole made from pasta, ham (as the name suggests) sourcream, herbs and other spices.

For our Delhi gourmands we have mixed up a version of Baked Ham Noodles that you will find unforgettable: lots of ham & lots and lots of aroma.

In 1935, Hermann Leopoldi immortalized this dish by singing (sorry this is a very bad translation by me that does not do justice to Leopoldi’s singing and wit): why does the ham always play hide and seek with the pasta in this dish? The pasta will always cover the ham pieces.

And that’s exactly how it happens when you eat Schinkenfleckerl: when looking at it, you will invariably end up searching the ham, as if there is not enough in it. Whereas the taste will make you keep coming back for more.

Here is Hermann Leopoldi, 1935 immortalising this delicious dish:

Give us a day’s notice and we’ll deliver your tray of Baked Ham Pasta and more to your doorstep. Come over here to order:

Rustic Nostalgia

Austria before 1914If you’re still looking for a theme for this weekend, then we have one for you: rustic nostalgia.

Enjoy a rustic Saturday with your friends. Dish up a delicious Oktoberfest meal with free flowing beer and wine for your guests.

On Sunday, come over to the National Crafts Museum to an exhibition brought to you by the Austrian Cultural Forum of the Austrian Embassy New Delhi.

austria before 1914The exhibition entitled The Eventful Lull Before the Storm – The period before 1914 is curated by Naresh Kapuria, and promises to showcase the artistic, scientific and philosophical richness of Austrian culture before the First World War.

Despite being 1000s of kilometers away & 100 years on, I’m quite sure you will be able to indulge in the nostalgic past of Austria before World War I at this exhibition.

Exhibition The Eventful Lull Before the Storm – The period before 1914

New Delhi: 12-16 October 2014


The Mezzanine Gallery, Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi (entry from crafts demonstration area)austria before 1914

Exhibition timings:

12 October until 16 October 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm

(closed on Monday, 13 October,2014)

Oktoberfest Menu

Oktoberfest Recipe-framed
Recipe: the perfect Oktoberfest

Each year around this time Munich, Germany, gets busy with a super-large party – the Oktoberfest. Held since 1810, the Oktoberfest has become the largest funfair around the globe.

You could celebrate your very own Oktoberfest here in New Delhi too.

In case you want to follow suit in terms of size and organize Delhi’s biggest party of the season we wish you a good time doing that ;).

However, if you want to recreate the joy, happiness and good food of the Oktoberfest, then invite us to your party. We’ll make sure your guests will have a real Oktoberfest meal.

Here is a menu that you could offer your guests to re-create the delightful treats of Munich’s traditional Oktoberfest:


oktoberfest menu

Looking for more information? Want to place an order right away or want us to make you an offer or set your menu? We are waiting for you to get in touch at order[at]

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Beautiful Haveli & Good Food

ooops. here should be the invite for A Celebration of Design, Art and Culture

Today, I’d like you to know about a beautiful place in Chattarpur, a haveli that has been lovingly restored by Serendipity – to run a concept store.

You can also book the place for a special get-together or brunch, serve food prepared by Erna’s Gourmet & create a memorable experience for your friends and family.

This weekend is a nice opportunity to check them out because they are organising a super-interesting event:  “A Celebration of Design, Art & Culture”.

… fall in love with QREOH’s collection – those amazing people who discover independent designers for you,

…. or shop cloths for your kids at Ek Karkhana,
… listen to fabulous performers like Vidya Shah
… there will be more, more, more for you to watch, listen & shop.
Sounds like a plan? Enjoy your weekend!

P.s.: for bookings of the location, get in touch with Kuldeep Kaur at serendipitydelhi13[at]gmail[dot]com

How to get to Serendipity:

Directions:       6 easy steps to get to the fabulous Serendipity haveli.

  1. cross the Chattarpur red light,
  2. take the slip road to your left, you’ll be on Mandi Road.
  3. Drive about 5km till you reach Jonapur,
  4. at the end of the Jonapur market take a left turn (the turn is just before the State Bank of India),
  5. turn left after 100m,
  6. and then a left turn again after approx. 50m.

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Atmen – Breathing Filmscreening at New Delhi

Breathing won awards in Cannes and Sarajevo and is now coming to New Delhi, yay!

For more information and details I have copied the text of the announcement from the Austrian Embassy in New Delhi:

Austrian Film Night in New Delhi – “ATMEN”

Mr. Michael Heinz, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum of the Austrian Embassy New Delhi is inviting to a special Austrian Cultural Forum Film Club Screening of the film ATMEN (BREATHING):


When:           Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 7pm

Where:          Austrian Cultural Forum

                      EP 13 Chandragupta Marg


                      New Delhi 110021

 The movie will be shown in German langauge with English subtitles.

Please join us for a reception after the screening hosted by the Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum.

 Entry is free, but seats are limited and RSVP by Tuesday, 22 April is essential.

Please bring your Photo ID for entry at the gate.

The directorial debut film by award-winning Austrian actor Karl Markovics shows how 19-year old Roman who lives in a young offender‘s institution and finds an unconventional job in a funeral home which shows him the path back to life.

19-year-old Roman Kogler has a chance to be released early from his young offenders’ institution. The odds are against him, however: he is an uncommunicative and solitary character without a family and doesn’t seem to be fit for re-socialization. As a day-release prisoner he has a job at a funeral home. Of all things, it is this job dealing with death that shows him the path back to life.


Indigo: tradition here and there

oops, here should be a pic of Indian Indigo block printed fabrics and dresses

Indigo, traditional Indian block printed dresses and fabrics at an exhibition in Bangalore.

oops, here should be a pic of Austrian Indigo block-printed fabrics and dresses

Blaudruck Koo (Burgenland, Austria) is one of the last companies in Europe dyeing and printing with Indigo.

Tradition here and there: they met, they merged and developed to become part of a culture some people claim as their own.

Sources (visited on February 18, 2013):

Dolls for boys and girls – Elli Riehl

The heat in Delhi is steaming up and school- holidays are around the corner – the perfect time to pack up the kids and get out.

Spring and summer are also the best seasons for going on a vacation to Austria. The cities are beautiful with all the culture and fabulous architecture they have on offer. I have no words for the country-side: it is simply stunning.

Today I’d like to tell you about a doll museum in Austria.

To be honest, I hardly ever played with dolls as a child. Straying around, getting myself dirty and playing with boys used to be so much more interesting and fun. One of the only memories I have that come close to dolls is the Doll Museum of Elli Riehl near Villach in the Southern state of Carinthia.

Ellie Riehl, a woman born in 1902 in the region dedicated her life to creating dolls: boys, girls, adults, angels, and more creating scenes from the life of people around her. So you can say: nothing much exciting.

When I was a tiny kid, my mother, who was born and grew up in the same region took us to that museum. I have to admit that I do not remember much of the visit itself. However, the dolls have remained in my memory till date. They elude a zest for life and give you a feeling of happiness that is difficult to describe, even now when I looked at the pictures, they gave me the same sense of comfort that they gave me then.

Maybe my nostalgia is taking me on a complete trip right now but I still suggest you pack your bags quickly, book your tickets  and zoooom off to Austria.

If you still have time for a good meal in New Delhi, then enjoy Erna’s Carinthian Dumplings. Carinthian Dumplings are a specialty from that region. They are easiest described as Austrian Ravioli that pride themselves with a thicker dough.

Enjoy your meal with!


Ellie Riehl Doll Muesum (sorry this one is only in German, but the pictures speak an international language)

How to get there:,en,SCH1/objectId,RGN772at,curr,EUR,season,at1,selectedEntry,home,_lang,en/home.html

R.A.P.E. – Rare Acts of Political Engagement

The exhibition R.A.P.E. (Rare Acts of Political Engagement) is curated by Johny ML at Art Bull Gallery and Auction House, Lado Sarai, New Delhi.

24 women artists are engaging with the issues of rape and violence against women.

As part of R.A.P.E. I went to the film screening of “Bill Posters will be prosecuted” by Austrian artist Fiona Rukschcio who has been addressing issues of violence against women since the 1990’s.

ooops, here should be a pic of the special film screening poster
Poster of the Special Film Screening

 Fiona showed her utopian film “Bill Posters will be prosecuted” (Gb 1999/Austria 2002). You can find more about Bill Posters will be prosecuted” and Fiona Rukschcio here.

 The Austrian Chargé D’Affaires, Mr. Raimund Magis introduced the evening by placing violence against women in the larger framework of misuse of power and hierarchies.

 It was refreshing to see quite bold works of art made by women in New Delhi. All the artists and the film “Bill Posters will be prosecuted” definitely go beyond the victimization of women and look to alternatives for empowerment.

 On the other hand, I would have also loved to see works that commence from women as actors at the center point of desire. However, to center-stage women as subjects vs. objects of desire seems to still be a far-off dream.

 Coming back to the issue of violence against women I think it is important to recognise that perpetrators of violence are often women themselves, as long as we fail to at least acknowledge this and see violence as a structural problem, we will remain in this we-against-them-blame-game situation and have difficulties finding empowering and effective solutions.

 Overall, a great start from the art fraternity to deal with issues of violence!

After such a heavy dose hard-to-digests, I love to get back to some lighter snacks to share with friends. Join me at and enjoy your meal!

 What: R.A.P.E., an art show
On till: April 30, 2013
Timings: 11am – 7pm
Where: Art Bull, F-213C, first floor, SIS House, Lado Sarai
NEAREST METRO STATION: Qutub Minar on the Yellow Line

 The film show was organized  on April 19, 2013 by Art Bull in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, New Delhi.


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