The Chili King Of Vermont
Millbrook Country Inn and Restaurant is a classic cape-style farmhouse built in the 1850s, midway between the ski slopes and the village of Waitsfield, on scenic Mill Brook Road, in Vermont. This idyllic bed and breakfast, run by Joan and Thom Gorman, is probably the last place you’d expect to eat spicy Indian food, but take a look at the menu! Along with the fine country gourmet dishes, you also have Chicken Brahmpuri, Badami Rogan Josh and a Vegetable Thali!
Thom Gorman became a diehard Indian food fan when he traveled to Mumbai in the 60s as a peace corps volunteer in a UN nutrition program, which involved working with village women in the kitchen. So for two years he was living and working with real Indians and since he was eating the village food day in and day out, it really got into his system. Back in the United States, in the 70s there were very few places serving Indian food, and he had taught himself from cookbooks. Today he even makes all his own chutneys.
The Gormans have run the bed and breakfast in Vermont for 27 years and its Indian cuisine has become a noted specialty of the house. Millbrook Inn is open 7 months a year and for at least three months the couple travel to far-out places, including the South of India, where Thom has now become enamored with the complex flavors.
This time, in Kerala in his interaction with noted chefs, Gorman learnt some Indian dishes that are not spicy and are subtle in flavors. Here he shares with us Meen Molee, a dish from the South, which is fish or scallops in a very mild Kerala yellow curry, and Banana Mezhukkuratti. But he still loves the chilies of Brahmapuri village!