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When the Portuguese conquered Goa

2017-11-27T09:53:06+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

When the Portuguese conquered Goa, they brought with them wondrous meats such as Pork and flavours such as Vin or vinegar. Using chillies and Alhos or garlic thus was born the Vind'alho or Vindaloo as we know it. Contrary to popular belief a true Vindaloo is cooked slowly with Kashmiri red chillies which give it

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

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