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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

A Good Indian Breakfast

2017-09-01T01:25:47+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Cooking Experiences, Surrey Spice Recipes|

There is a reason why Indians are amongst the most overweight in the world. No man or child from a self respecting "khaata peeta ghar" ( home of plenty) will be allowed to venture out in the morning without being adequately fortified to keep brain and body sustained...Not for them sliced fruit or sugar free

Chicken Soup for the Soul

2017-09-01T01:25:48+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Cooking Experiences, Surrey Spice Recipes|

Lots of perks growing up on a tea estate in the seventies and eighties.. Starting from having elephants at your birthday party to your very own cow providing your daily glass of milk to Father Christmas turning up in a helicopter. As "Chai" kids we took all this for granted and one of the "treats"

A Cup of Chai

2016-06-16T12:36:11+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Cooking Experiences, Surrey Spice Recipes|

Our cup of tea: The ultimate eco friendly disposable cup.. Made beautifully by hand on a potter's wheel and then fired in traditional kilns. Sold for less than a pence and used by millions everyday to drink their daily cup of chai from street vendors... Once used these are then thrown away and ultimately go

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