Imagining the future

In summer 2019, I was on panels discussing Decolonising Culture (Royal Academy) and Reimagining Britain (Queen Mary, University of London/ Wasafiri Magazine’s 35th anniversary). Many themes ran across both these experiences, foremost among them: Imagination can be a revolutionary act, and revolutions never end. Imagination and revolution are about words, voices, ideas, and actions; they’reContinue reading “Imagining the future”

The Moon Shines Bright

Sam Lee is a celebrated folk singer, collector, interpreter and revivalist of old folk songs. With ‘The Moon Shines Bright’, Sam borrows from the Gypsy and traveller tradition a song which asks us to stop and see what our increasingly standardised world is doing to us. On ‘The Moon Shines Bright’ Sam’s joined by ElizabethContinue reading “The Moon Shines Bright”

Peckham Cellars

Peckham Cellars has opened and is the latest addition to the strip of restaurants, cafes and bars close to Queens Road Peckham station. I popped along on Saturday 16th November to sample what was on offer, and I rather liked it. A little bit about the team first – in short, the team at PeckhamContinue reading “Peckham Cellars”

Cabbage Soup

Those two words – Cabbage, and Soup – are usually enough to strike fear into the most courageous hearts. Fear not dear reader. Cabbage is uninspiring. Yes, it’s full of minerals and vitamins. Yes, it’s good for you. But it’s cabbage! In Britain it’s most commonly eaten with disdain as an accompaniment to a SundayContinue reading “Cabbage Soup”

Indian Water Pickle and Paratha

I used to love my Mother’s Indian Water Pickle, eaten as a child with freshly made, flaky, buttery Paratha and a daal. It’s a North Indian classic. Like most pickles, it’s a way of preserving  veg into the winter months. But let’s face it, it works any time of year. This particular pickle uses carrotContinue reading “Indian Water Pickle and Paratha”

Indian Food

Authentic Indian and South Asian food in the UK is on the up. Reflecting the authentic flavours, techniques and regional differences of India is something younger chefs and entrepreneurs excel at, and are going all out for. Not before time. So much Indian food in Britain was junk, and outside our bigger cities, still is.Continue reading “Indian Food”

Developing Audiences

As someone who works in the Cultural Industry, I’m fascinated by the ongoing evolution of audiences: the way that some stick to what they know, detest change and just want to see their cultural and social type reflected while others feel freer to experiment, see new work which challenges them and respond to that, andContinue reading “Developing Audiences”

Aromatic, warming, Lamb Curry

This dish is a favourite, and one I must have at least once or twice in June. It’s never quite the same when you have it in a restaurant. For the best warming and aromatic flavour experience, you really ought to try making this Lamb Curry with whole spices yourself. Sheep farming has long beenContinue reading “Aromatic, warming, Lamb Curry”

Spaghetti alla Norma

It’s a classic dish, Spaghetti alla Norma. Yet too often I’ve had versions which are bland, with aubergine undercooked, and rubbery. Vile.  I encountered Italian food as a child. One of Kenya’s hidden secrets is its long-standing Italian population, resident there since the 1920’s – some fleeing Mussolini’s fascism, others a legacy of Italian misadventuresContinue reading “Spaghetti alla Norma”