There’s no sincerer love than the love for food. So said George Bernard Shaw. Katrina Kaif would agree. Her waif-like figure notwithstanding, the actress is a diehard foodie. Talk about food and the normally reticent waxes eloquent. Her favourite pastime when she travels abroad is trying out the local cuisine. She simply loves English food. Naturally. You can take the girl out of England but you can’t take England out of the girl. She had a tough time settling down in Mumbai initially because she missed her comfort food. But over the years, the actress has got accustomed to Indian tastes and has turned a true-blue desi. She’ll do anything for a plate of paya. Here’s a first person account about Katrina’s victual statistics.
FOOD MEANS FUN
Food gets me going. Nothing can cheer me up better than a good meal. I always want to know what’s for lunch. Steam fish and salad is my favourite lunch menu. Whenever I’m shooting at Mehboob Studio, I order it from the Taj Lands End. It’s healthy and tastes just out of the world.
I’m particular about what I eat. My food has to be healthy as well as taste well. I simply love English food. Naturally, because I have grown up eating it. When I first came to Mumbai, I used to miss my English food terribly. I would go looking for eateries where I could get my kind of food. My favourite English food is fish and chips. Fish deep fried in batter and served with chips is the yummiest thing around. It’s England’s traditional take away dish and is rarely cooked at home. I love Yorkshire pudding. It’s made from flour, eggs and milk. It’s a dish that’s eaten as part of the main dish or as a starter. It’s not usually eaten as a dessert.
I love the roast meats that the English make. Whether it’s beef or lamb. Beef is eaten with hot white horseradish sauce, pork with sweet apple sauce and lamb with green mint sauce. Yummm. My mouth is watering at the mere thought of the dishes. England is also famous for steak and kidney pie and Bangar and mash. Sausages are called Bangar in London and they are served with mashed potates. Shepherd’s pie, which is made with minced lamb and vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes is another English dish that’s world famous.
When I’m in London it’s family time. So it’s all about eating and making merry.
It’s the only time when I binge. I go crazy eating all my favourite food like black pudding, bubble and squeak, jellied eels. My day in London starts with a traditional English breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, baked beans. Lunch mostly consists of one of my favourite dishes. We generally go out for dinner when I’m in London. Dinner time is about finding new places to eat in London.
My favourite restaurants in London are Beauberry House, Alloro, Aqua Kyoto and Afternoon Tea at Harrods. The king crabs at Beauberry House are worth digging into. So is their lamb shank with garlic mash. And their lavender creme brulee is just the dessert you would want to round up your dinner with. Alloro has the best Italian food in London. I love their pan-fried scallops with fennel salad and saffron vinaigrette, pan fried lamb. Aqua Kyoto has the best sushi that I have ever eaten. Afternoon tea is an occasion in London and you must experience it at The Georgian restaurant at Harrods. Their finger sandwiches and home-baked scones are simply to die for. My favourite restaurant globally is Hakassan. I like everything on the menu there. I’ve travelled all over the world and my favourire pastime when I travel is to try out local cuisines.
I love Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Spanish…
Over the years that I have been here, I have acquired a taste for Indian food. My favourite food here is paya. I can eat any amount of it. Of course, I try to eat as healthy as I can.
My breakfast here is generally egg white omelet with two brown bread toasts and orange juice. Lunch generally is fish, salad and soup. I nibble on something light in the evening. It could be brown bread sandwich or an omelet. For dinner, I generally have chicken and vegetables. When I am in a mood then I treat myself to a cheesecake. I simply love it. It’s my favourite dessert.
COOK I CAN
In London, my sister and I would often cook. The first dish that I ever made was semolina. Unfortunately, these days I don’t get the time to enter the kitchen
so there’s no question of cooking.