Author Archives: gastrogeek

a sandwich for racists

“The problem with YOU PEOPLE is you never look where you’re going”. The old woman before me is slowly turning a rather visceral shade of scarlet. A vein pulses steadily in her wrinkled forehead. Her eyes bulge with anger, hatred

a sandwich for racists

“The problem with YOU PEOPLE is you never look where you’re going”. The old woman before me is slowly turning a rather visceral shade of scarlet. A vein pulses steadily in her wrinkled forehead. Her eyes bulge with anger, hatred

lobster and chard coconut curry with lemon-cumin grains

Without going into too much horrific detail, I’ve been sleep training our 7 month old on my own, my husband has been away a LOT and in short it’s been exhausting and emotional, but also lovely to wake up and not feel

lobster and chard coconut curry with lemon-cumin grains

Without going into too much horrific detail, I’ve been sleep training our 7 month old on my own, my husband has been away a LOT and in short it’s been exhausting and emotional, but also lovely to wake up and not feel

gochujang meatballs

I hope you haven’t succumbed to one of the many many vile lurgies that seem to be doing the rounds at the moment. Speaking as someone who rarely gets so much as a sniffle, I’ve only just recovered from a virus

gochujang meatballs

I hope you haven’t succumbed to one of the many many vile lurgies that seem to be doing the rounds at the moment. Speaking as someone who rarely gets so much as a sniffle, I’ve only just recovered from a virus

scones of joy

My friend Rosie is a bit of a genius. She recently made the most fantastic rainbow shaped carrot cake for her daughter’s 3rd birthday. A cake which managed to both taste delicious and look the business; something that rarely happens

scones of joy

My friend Rosie is a bit of a genius. She recently made the most fantastic rainbow shaped carrot cake for her daughter’s 3rd birthday. A cake which managed to both taste delicious and look the business; something that rarely happens

inito

You may have noticed that I haven’t bothered writing restaurant reviews for what must be years now… This is mainly because I don’t really get out that much these days (well not past 6pm anyway), and if I do I

inito

You may have noticed that I haven’t bothered writing restaurant reviews for what must be years now… This is mainly because I don’t really get out that much these days (well not past 6pm anyway), and if I do I

Happy New Yoğurtlu havuç!

         Happy Holidays! Quite unexpectedly we’ve had the best one ever here at Sabur-Cross inc. It was of course mainly dictated by our tiny overlords, but for the first time ever I really properly understood what all the fuss

Happy New Yoğurtlu havuç!

         Happy Holidays! Quite unexpectedly we’ve had the best one ever here at Sabur-Cross inc. It was of course mainly dictated by our tiny overlords, but for the first time ever I really properly understood what all the fuss

scallops, curried celeriac remoulade and cauliflower crisps

I have to be honest, nibbles and canapes weren’t really much of a feature on my list of Christmas things-to-do this year. This is because I don’t really have time to faff about with fiddly ingredients what with two tiny boys sapping

scallops, curried celeriac remoulade and cauliflower crisps

I have to be honest, nibbles and canapes weren’t really much of a feature on my list of Christmas things-to-do this year. This is because I don’t really have time to faff about with fiddly ingredients what with two tiny boys sapping

Butternut dhal and chicken curry chapati wraps

Like many people I spent several years upon graduating in a variety of tedious jobs for various companies where I was frequently told that if I worked hard enough I could end up just like my horrifically stressed out bosses,

Butternut dhal and chicken curry chapati wraps

Like many people I spent several years upon graduating in a variety of tedious jobs for various companies where I was frequently told that if I worked hard enough I could end up just like my horrifically stressed out bosses,

venison kofta curry

It’s venison season, don’t you know (I even spotted some in my local Sainsbury’s). I can think of no finer recipe than this rich,comforting curry. If you haven’t previously tried venison in any kind of curried form I urge you

venison kofta curry

It’s venison season, don’t you know (I even spotted some in my local Sainsbury’s). I can think of no finer recipe than this rich,comforting curry. If you haven’t previously tried venison in any kind of curried form I urge you

sage and chilli shortbread

As someone who prefers to eat, I’m truly rubbish when it comes to the whole “grow your own” thing (I’m speaking here as someone who’s successfully massacred every plant I’ve ever tended including several cacti). So when we moved into

sage and chilli shortbread

As someone who prefers to eat, I’m truly rubbish when it comes to the whole “grow your own” thing (I’m speaking here as someone who’s successfully massacred every plant I’ve ever tended including several cacti). So when we moved into

okra curry

  As you can see, I’ve had my hands pretty full recently… This curry from the wonderful Prashad cookbook has become an absolute life saver – I find myself purchasing okra on a weekly basis just to make it, and

okra curry

  As you can see, I’ve had my hands pretty full recently… This curry from the wonderful Prashad cookbook has become an absolute life saver – I find myself purchasing okra on a weekly basis just to make it, and

Makdous

    If like me, you’re a bit of a pickle fanatic, you will adore makdous. Baby aubergines stuffed with a mixture of walnuts, chilli, pepper and garlic, pickled in vinegar until tangy and then submerged in olive oil until

Makdous

    If like me, you’re a bit of a pickle fanatic, you will adore makdous. Baby aubergines stuffed with a mixture of walnuts, chilli, pepper and garlic, pickled in vinegar until tangy and then submerged in olive oil until

miso caramel and toasted coconut sundaes

salty, sweet, creamy and deeply umami – miso caramel is nothing new, but it does taste shockingly good poured hot over cold vanilla ice cream and topped with toasted coconut. It’s fantastically easy to make and I can’t believe I’ve

miso caramel and toasted coconut sundaes

salty, sweet, creamy and deeply umami – miso caramel is nothing new, but it does taste shockingly good poured hot over cold vanilla ice cream and topped with toasted coconut. It’s fantastically easy to make and I can’t believe I’ve

broad bean, orzo and preserved lemon salad with brazil nut pesto

The taste of purest summer (even if it is a bit schizo and drizzly out there). Especially good with a bit of grilled dsalmon on the side.  Lunch box leftovers an added bonus. FOR THE SALAD broad beans podded and

broad bean, orzo and preserved lemon salad with brazil nut pesto

The taste of purest summer (even if it is a bit schizo and drizzly out there). Especially good with a bit of grilled dsalmon on the side.  Lunch box leftovers an added bonus. FOR THE SALAD broad beans podded and

doughnuts

Justin Gellatly is the genius behind those doughnuts from St John’s bakery. I was lucky enough to take part in one of his baking classes at the bread ahead bakery in Borough and can confirm that his book  “bread, cake,

doughnuts

Justin Gellatly is the genius behind those doughnuts from St John’s bakery. I was lucky enough to take part in one of his baking classes at the bread ahead bakery in Borough and can confirm that his book  “bread, cake,

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

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

cucumber, rose and mint ice cream

  A deeply refreshing way to combat all this humidity and super easy to make. Don’t expect any big, bolshy in your face flavours, this is all subtlety and lightness. I’ve found it surprisingly hard to find ice cream in

cucumber, rose and mint ice cream

  A deeply refreshing way to combat all this humidity and super easy to make. Don’t expect any big, bolshy in your face flavours, this is all subtlety and lightness. I’ve found it surprisingly hard to find ice cream in

salmon with ginger caramel

So here we are, back from holiday. Back from the first time abroad  in about 3 years, browner, more chilled, slightly stupefied after the flight from hell and totally ravenous. I can confirm that the food in Portugal is truly

salmon with ginger caramel

So here we are, back from holiday. Back from the first time abroad  in about 3 years, browner, more chilled, slightly stupefied after the flight from hell and totally ravenous. I can confirm that the food in Portugal is truly

Chocolate stout cake

Hola! It’s me, baking a chocolate stout cake in my first video for Stork. If you’ve got muscovado sugar I urge you to use that instead of caster – it really does echo those dark, boozy notes quite brilliantly.

Chocolate stout cake

Hola! It’s me, baking a chocolate stout cake in my first video for Stork. If you’ve got muscovado sugar I urge you to use that instead of caster – it really does echo those dark, boozy notes quite brilliantly.

potato salada

Whenever I find myself feeling “homesick” for Japan and Japanese food, it’s not the niku jagas and shabu shabu’s I crave (although they do have their place) but more often than not it’s the Japanese versions of Western dishes, otherwise known

potato salada

Whenever I find myself feeling “homesick” for Japan and Japanese food, it’s not the niku jagas and shabu shabu’s I crave (although they do have their place) but more often than not it’s the Japanese versions of Western dishes, otherwise known