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A Trip To (the now late) Skyroom in Calcutta

2017-04-30T15:13:05+00:00 April 30th, 2017|Surrey Spice Recipes|

A trip to (the now late) Skyroom in Calcutta was a very very special treat indeed... a prawn or lobster Thermidor on the menu was the icing on our Baked Alaska.. On a much later trip, Mahera and I discovered Oh Calcutta's Prawn Thermidor which was a close second to the original Skyroom version. On

Boarding school mealtimes were memorable in more ways than one…

2017-09-01T01:25:44+00:00 March 25th, 2017|Surrey Spice Recipes|

We would file into the large Refectory four times a day usually famished and sit down at  long allocated tables...about 15 to a table organised by age... Groans  of despair could be heard from all around almost immediately -  those meals were probably the worst I have ever eaten ..cold, congealed and tasteless... However to

I could almost become a vegetarian.. almost!!

2017-09-01T01:25:45+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Surrey Spice Recipes|

We don't always get a request to make Shukto for a catered event but when we did, we were delighted.. A Shukto is true blue dish from Bengal.. rarely made  outside a Bengali home.   A proper Shukto is an acquired taste and like most simple dishes needs to be made properly.. the finished dish

Today is Biscuit Appreciation Day

2017-09-01T01:25:45+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Surrey Spice Recipes|

My earliest memories of tea time remain interspersed with the sounds of the jeep arriving at the porch signalling dad coming home at the end of his " kaamjari ", excited barking of the dogs and my sister and I running across the long verandah to greet him. Signalling the close of a working day,

A first class mutton curry

2017-02-19T18:48:30+00:00 February 19th, 2017|Cooking Experiences|

A Railway Mutton Curry also known as a First Class Mutton Curry was what you got served if you travelled First Class on the Indian Railways in years gone by.. Simple ingredients were elevated to a sublime dish using patience and time.. Always cooked on the bone, usually a fiery red colour that slowly emerges

Curry for Sunday Lunch

2017-09-01T01:25:45+00:00 September 25th, 2016|Cooking Experiences|

Sundays in most Calcutta households are synonymous with a lazy lunch followed by an afternoon nap.. An integral part of the lunch is "kochi pathar jhol" or tender goat meat curry.. Every house has its own recipe but generally whole cardamom, cinnamon , dry red chillis and cloves are thrown into smoking hot mustard oil.

An Indo British Partnership

2017-09-01T01:25:46+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Cooking Experiences|

Anglo Indians are a product of the 300 years of British rule in India.. Often referred to as a community without a country, the Braganzas, D'Costas and D'Souzas kept the Railways, Post Offices, Schools and Bakeries to name but a few services going and formed an integral part of our childhoods in Calcutta.. Anglo Indian

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