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”
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”
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”
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”
Really?! Yes. Look at it this way. Humankind has been throwing things into rivers for thousands of years – rubbish, talismans or coins, items which accidentally fall in or which are dramatically dumped, and we all know about the ubiquitous shopping trolleys right? River beds are a microcosm of human history and chart the developmentContinue reading “The History of a City is Rubbish”
Rifling through the fridge. It’s a weekday evening. Life is busy – barely had any time to shop and get food. You’re ravenous … A mismatched array of things came out of cupboards and the fridge; smoked mackerel fillets, purple sprouting broccoli, brown rice, some seasonings. The major food groups are all present and correct;Continue reading “Odds and ends”
Food and especially its preparation are becoming ever more of a fetish. As we all (should) know by now, the moment something becomes a fetish, it’s on its last legs. It’s time to take stock of our relationship to food.
You could make lemonade, dress a salad, zest the skin over a dish, marinade something. I love lemons. There’s something about the colour of a lemon; uplifting,… Read more “When life gives you lemons . . .”
To thine own self be true – a musing on food and a quick Tandoori Chicken Salad recipe for good measure.
Ingredients, perhaps a dash of technique too, possibly even a sprinkle of inspiration or artistry? Yes, it’s all these and more. Each of the constituents tells a story, and it’s all the stories which together ‘make’ the recipe, adding flavour and richness to what you experience when you taste it. I cook when I’m stressedContinue reading “What’s in a recipe?”