Brrrrr.. its Winter. Let’s make a snowman & eat big bowls of stews!
What with the snow causing havoc these last weeks its been all about the comfort food…and getting home or moving the car.. From stews, soups, wholesome and hearty flavours with perhaps a little spice in there to warm up the cold nights.
Even if I have been out and about there’s nothing a bowl of steaming ramen won’t sort out, which is what’s been making it ways into my stomach these last few weeks. With a wealth of inspiration in flavours from cooking up a Ottolenghi Family Feast, digging into Tonkotsu at Bone Daddies or making a humble pea and mint soup, these wintry feasts are perfect for this time of the year.
Mauritian Fish Curry-Cooked at home with my lovely mother, a family recipe of thick pieces of fish in a spiced Mauritian mix of flavours, with okra. Eaten with fresh puri’s its all you need on a cold day to spice it up!
Rum Baba’s- A bit like doughnuts, soaked in a naughty rum-liquered and spiced sauce with cinnamon, orange zest, cardamom and brown sugar. Perfect supperclub dessert coming up with my homemade ice creams & exotic sorbet.
Tender Lamb Curry, Messy Eating, Crunchy Peanut Cabbage & Cornmeal Sadza..
“Bunny chows are popular amongst Indians, as well as other ethnic groups in the Durban area. Bunny chows are commonly filled with curries made using traditional recipes from Durban: mutton, lamb or chicken and chips with curry gravy are popular fillings now, although the original bunny chow was vegetarian. Bunny chows are often served with a side portion of grated carrot, chilli and onion salad known as sambals. A key characteristic of a bunny chow is created when gravy from the curry fillings soak into the walls of the bread, thereby rounding the dish off with the fusion of flavours & textures. Sharing a single bunny chow is not uncommon.” Wikipedia
Happy New Year!
Welcome to the year of 2013.. another year older soon, I mean how fast did 2012 swing by right? Onwards and upwards, more exciting Mauritian inspired pop ups, suppers, private events, writing, eating and wait MORE eating.. plus a few food trips here and there! Continue reading
So its been another busy year, 2012! Bring on 2013.. not long to go but between then and now there have been lots of exciting eating, experiences and christmas goings on.. here’s a picturesque post of some of the places I’ve eaten in London & food I’ve made.. be warned hunger will prevail very quickly after seeing these pics!
The Ship-Wandworth ( Pub Grub, Cosy & Full on Feast)
Burger.. Fat & Juicy
Battered fish, crispy batter, full slab of flaky white fish, tartare sauce, peas and hand cut chips.. tasty & yes greasy a little but its all gooood grease Continue reading
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Christmas Spiced Mulled Wine, Citrus, Bay & Spices will knock you out..
Out creep up the Christmas posts, its that time of year when the Christmas tree is up, twinkling lights and tinsle, it’s spine chilling freezing outside (where no amount of layers seem to work) and I’ve eaten mince pies in about three days in a row..
This week: Mince Pies 4 …. Exercise Days 1
What a FAIL! So succumbing to the Wintery Christmas feeling of overeating, I enjoy making mulled wine at home, not just for the season but even as early as October its so much nicer to have warm wine drinks and hot toddies alike. Continue reading
Have a Merry Ho Ho Christmas!
Under 3 weeks till Christmas hits us in the face, bam, smack again like it does every year and you start to think where has the time gone??
With 2013 approaching round the corner lots of exciting things have happened this year since starting up the Yummy Choo Mauritian Secret Suppers from my house in good ol’ Croydon to doing pop ups in Brixton, Maida Vale and Covent Garden with Clapham fast approaching to finish the year off. Working with some amazing people from the Sunday Feasts gang at Edible Experiences, Jason from Mauritian Street Food, Mama Choo, friends and family it has been a hub of support and fun times which all makes it worthwhile! Continue reading
Rococo Chocolate Factory, Goat’s Cheese Truffles, Chocolate Heaven, Gift Swap & Judges
I have to start this post because its Christmas related and its the 1st December.. by saying I tried to put the Christmas Tree up this morning and the stand it is on broke! Hilarious. Anyway pushing on…
Yesterday I went along to #LetsMakeChristmas Gift Swap which I missed last year but made sure I went along this time, it was organised by Vanessa Kimbell from Goddess with a Budget. It was to be hosted at the Rococo chocolate factory headquarters in South London, so exciting, we would get to learn about tempering chocolate and making goats cheese truffles. Continue reading
John Salt with Ben Spalding, Islington
Ben Spalding, now in his mid-twenties, began his cooking career at the restaurant 28+ in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has since worked at Per Se in New York, Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road, Gary Rhodes W1, L’Autre Pied, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and most recently Roganic. His departure from Simon Rogan’s Roganic in April this year was followed by Stripped Back, a weekend pop-up in London Fields playground where we first encountered his style of food.
Spalding’s latest accomplishment is a 6 month residency at the Islington pub John Salt, formerly known as Keston Lodge, owned by 580 Ltd. On the ground floor there is bar space for a chef to prepare food in front of your very eyes, cocktails to tease your palette and on the upper level is a more intimate dining area for 25-30 guests where Ben serves up his culinary creations.
Spicy Cashews, Satisfying Mince Aubergines, Crappy Weather, Happy Food
So its mid-week and it’s pouring outside, seriously the weather is rather depressing. It makes me want to be lying on a beach somewhere, sipping a cocktail, soaking up the sun, totally not feeling envious at the fact my husband is off to Mexico in two weeks.. Anyway plenty of Christmas outings to restaurants, supperclubs and pop ups will be due to cheer me up! Food always has that effect..
Recently I have made my own Spiced Cashews for a nibble/snack at one of my supperclubs, here’s a quick and super easy recipe for pimping up something plain into an amalgamation and bursts of flavours!
500g natural, unsalted cashew nuts
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mango powder/amchur
1sp chilli powder
25g unsalted butter
Thanksgiving Week! Pumpkin Biryani & Maple Pumpkin Pie
Talk about eating pumpkin/squash three days in a row a week or so ago, its got to be good for you right? Well, what with Halloween and now Thanksgiving approaching this week, I’m sure some people will be grappling with turkeys, cranberries, pumpkin pie, all sorts in the kitchen.
We have a neighbour across the road that every now and then drops off a whole pumpkin, squash, cabbage from her allotment (bless her!) she has become the local greengrocer but all the time her vegetables cook to perfection and I love experimenting with them and every now and then drop something back round to her to give thanks.
So she has been loading us up with Pumpkins lately ( not complaining )I try to get a little creative with how I use them and in this case decided to use a whole pumpkin to create a briani with it. The sweet, soft, fibrous pumpkin goes well with this popular spice infused rice dish.
It even more of a spectacle to cook and serve it out of the pumpkin itself, a bit of a show stopper if you like. It’s not the easiest thing to make, but well worth the effort I feel and to be made while the pumpkin is in fruition!
(Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food Site http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1852641/pumpkin-biryani )