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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 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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