Category Archives: lunch

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paneer skewers with kitchuri

Like most Bengali kids, I grew up wolfing down bowls of kitchuri. I didn’t really care about the wonderful vitamins and protein involved, just those delicious toasty grains – I find the smell of this cooking so very comforting and

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paneer skewers with kitchuri

Like most Bengali kids, I grew up wolfing down bowls of kitchuri. I didn’t really care about the wonderful vitamins and protein involved, just those delicious toasty grains – I find the smell of this cooking so very comforting and

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Feast to the Future

I   had a salad last week that I can’t stop thinking about. It was part of a lunch cooked by Ben Spalding representing the sort of thing we’ll all be eating in the year 2063. As part of the

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Feast to the Future

I   had a salad last week that I can’t stop thinking about. It was part of a lunch cooked by Ben Spalding representing the sort of thing we’ll all be eating in the year 2063. As part of the

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Larb

Larb, larp, laap whatever you call it, this Lao mince salad has started regularly presenting its zingy little face at our dinner table. Hot, caramelised meat plus frying pan juices poured over crunchy herbal salad, sharply dressed, sprinkled with toasted

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Larb

Larb, larp, laap whatever you call it, this Lao mince salad has started regularly presenting its zingy little face at our dinner table. Hot, caramelised meat plus frying pan juices poured over crunchy herbal salad, sharply dressed, sprinkled with toasted

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roasted pumpkin mulligatawny

It seems that the whole world and his wife have been struck down by the sniffles. Everyone I talk to sounds a bit bunged up, slightly red around the eyes and just a little bit blue. After working our way

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roasted pumpkin mulligatawny

It seems that the whole world and his wife have been struck down by the sniffles. Everyone I talk to sounds a bit bunged up, slightly red around the eyes and just a little bit blue. After working our way

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soft shell crab sandwiches with blueberry ketchup

Soft shell crab. Three words pretty much guaranteed to elicit a hedonic response, particularly as I now live in an area where I can’t get hold of the little critters for love nor money.  I find the only thing more

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soft shell crab sandwiches with blueberry ketchup

Soft shell crab. Three words pretty much guaranteed to elicit a hedonic response, particularly as I now live in an area where I can’t get hold of the little critters for love nor money.  I find the only thing more

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Paneer, spinach and pea makhani

  Hello, it’s been a while. Don’t worry, this isn’t another one of those “sorry I haven’t blogged in ages” posts because I don’t really see the point of those. Personally, I blame the year round availability of unseasonal fruit

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Paneer, spinach and pea makhani

  Hello, it’s been a while. Don’t worry, this isn’t another one of those “sorry I haven’t blogged in ages” posts because I don’t really see the point of those. Personally, I blame the year round availability of unseasonal fruit

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Panch Phoran Paneer, Coconut and Roasted Pumpkin Salad

When Miss Marmite Lover invited me to host a curry stall at her forthcoming underground food rave, I decided I’d offer dishes that were a little bit different alongside the same old traditional curries. Chaal kumro bhaja is a classic

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Panch Phoran Paneer, Coconut and Roasted Pumpkin Salad

When Miss Marmite Lover invited me to host a curry stall at her forthcoming underground food rave, I decided I’d offer dishes that were a little bit different alongside the same old traditional curries. Chaal kumro bhaja is a classic

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Bombay toast with peach and tomato salsa

Creamy, oozing with comfort and addictive little stabs of chilli this savoury French toast with an Indian twist is just the dish to take refuge in whenever you’re feeling hungry, tired, skint or all three. It’s a proper serotonin-raiser, whether

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Bombay toast with peach and tomato salsa

Creamy, oozing with comfort and addictive little stabs of chilli this savoury French toast with an Indian twist is just the dish to take refuge in whenever you’re feeling hungry, tired, skint or all three. It’s a proper serotonin-raiser, whether

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chilli-cumin lamb skewers

Cumin isn’t really a spice you’d associate with Chinese cooking is it? However, head for the more Islamic districts of North West China and these cumintastic lamb skewers are all the rage. Sadly, I’ve never had the chance to check

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chilli-cumin lamb skewers

Cumin isn’t really a spice you’d associate with Chinese cooking is it? However, head for the more Islamic districts of North West China and these cumintastic lamb skewers are all the rage. Sadly, I’ve never had the chance to check

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chilled spinach, avocado and pea soup with crab salsa

If like me, you managed to OD on  mini-eggs and treacle tart over the weekend, you might be thinking about injecting something a little bit healthier into your poor, saccharine-addled body. This chilled green soup of mind-boggling goodness is just

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chilled spinach, avocado and pea soup with crab salsa

If like me, you managed to OD on  mini-eggs and treacle tart over the weekend, you might be thinking about injecting something a little bit healthier into your poor, saccharine-addled body. This chilled green soup of mind-boggling goodness is just

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Muffuletta AKA the mother of all sarnies

Because it’s definitely picnic o’clock. ingredients a good, sturdy loaf of bread (I experimented with sourdough and ciabatta but found one of those Grand Mange Blanc loaves in Waitrose worked brilliantly) cheese  (I used Emmental, Jarlsberg and Gouda) for the

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Muffuletta AKA the mother of all sarnies

Because it’s definitely picnic o’clock. ingredients a good, sturdy loaf of bread (I experimented with sourdough and ciabatta but found one of those Grand Mange Blanc loaves in Waitrose worked brilliantly) cheese  (I used Emmental, Jarlsberg and Gouda) for the

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Triple coconut and squid curry

Tangy, aromatic and fresher than a boxfresh pair of hightops,  this is a lovely little springtime cuzza. Based on a Keralan pal’s recipe, the layers of  nut do make it fairly rich, so you might want to go easy on

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Triple coconut and squid curry

Tangy, aromatic and fresher than a boxfresh pair of hightops,  this is a lovely little springtime cuzza. Based on a Keralan pal’s recipe, the layers of  nut do make it fairly rich, so you might want to go easy on

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Ottolenghi’s Caramelised Garlic Tart

This is Incredible. Make it for someone you love kind of incredible. Can’t wait to make it again and again kind of incredible. Make it in the afternoon and watch it cease to exist by the evening kind of incredible.

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Ottolenghi’s Caramelised Garlic Tart

This is Incredible. Make it for someone you love kind of incredible. Can’t wait to make it again and again kind of incredible. Make it in the afternoon and watch it cease to exist by the evening kind of incredible.

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Katsu Curry

You wouldn’t catch your average Japanese housewife faffing around making a curry roux from scratch. Not when there are dozens of excellent ready made versions requiring little more effort than the mere flick of a kettle switch. Katsu curry is

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Katsu Curry

You wouldn’t catch your average Japanese housewife faffing around making a curry roux from scratch. Not when there are dozens of excellent ready made versions requiring little more effort than the mere flick of a kettle switch. Katsu curry is

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Roasted Tomato Shorba

Tough day in the office? Repeatedly sneezed on during the central line rush hour? Feeling a bit sniffly? Had your favourite pair of Cheap Monday’s tsunamically and indeed deliberately drenched by some sadist in a white van? If like me

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Roasted Tomato Shorba

Tough day in the office? Repeatedly sneezed on during the central line rush hour? Feeling a bit sniffly? Had your favourite pair of Cheap Monday’s tsunamically and indeed deliberately drenched by some sadist in a white van? If like me

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Miso Mackerel

There was once a time when all you’d ever hear about was Nobu and that black cod miso dish. That was until “The End of the Line” exposed it to be the bluefin-plundering, money-grabbing, z list hang out it really

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Miso Mackerel

There was once a time when all you’d ever hear about was Nobu and that black cod miso dish. That was until “The End of the Line” exposed it to be the bluefin-plundering, money-grabbing, z list hang out it really

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Potato and Lentil Patties

Mark Hix certainly seems to know his Asian food – I’ve had my eye on the mutton chop curry recipe in his latest cookery book for some time now. I chanced upon his recipe for these lentil and potato cakes

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Potato and Lentil Patties

Mark Hix certainly seems to know his Asian food – I’ve had my eye on the mutton chop curry recipe in his latest cookery book for some time now. I chanced upon his recipe for these lentil and potato cakes

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Cafe Kaati

Living around the corner from Brick Lane means I’m always getting hassled for decent curry house recommendations. Despite being surrounded by a multitude, there really aren’t many in this area that I would actually rate. Most serve up dishes that

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Cafe Kaati

Living around the corner from Brick Lane means I’m always getting hassled for decent curry house recommendations. Despite being surrounded by a multitude, there really aren’t many in this area that I would actually rate. Most serve up dishes that

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Halloumi Majestic

So the Great British Summer is upon us and of course it’s all grey and drizzly out there.  I always swear by a big steaming cup of tea, with a good book in one hand and a plate of fresh

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Halloumi Majestic

So the Great British Summer is upon us and of course it’s all grey and drizzly out there.  I always swear by a big steaming cup of tea, with a good book in one hand and a plate of fresh