I think India makes some of the best vegetarian food. Usually at home when we have wraps where everything is brought to the table and we build our own for dinner we have chicken fajitas (probably our number one Saturday night family supper!) However, while you can make a veggie version fajitas are always better with meat. So, this is my new veggie go to: delicately spiced Indian-style potatoes, an easy, cooling raita, spicy slaw and a couple of handfuls of fresh mint, all wrapped inside a naan-style wrap.
Friday, 23 September 2016
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Last year I put together a post called 'A Few Notes On Choosing Your Ingredients', where I briefly touched on the importance of knowing where our food comes from, while still cutting ourselves a bit of slack, recognising that we may not have the money or resources to source everything down to the farm gate. Also last year, I joined the team from Scotch Beef and Lamb in Edinburgh and in the Scottish Borders to learn more about good, Scotch beef. I wrote about my time in Edinburgh, and reviewed a couple of the great restaurants we ate at (Timberyard and The Scran and Scallie) at the time, but I have been meaning to revisit my trip to discuss the importance of where we source what we put on our plates in a bit more detail.
Monday, 19 September 2016
The weather this weekend may have finally turned from Summer to Autumn, but I'm still enjoying a few warmer weather ingredients in the sort of transitional dish that would be equally as well suited to a crisp glass of rose on a sunny day, or a rainy weeknight with a light glass of red wine. I love fritters and latkes in all forms: in the height of Summer I make them with Mediterranean vegetables and Indian spices, for brunch I make them with smoked salmon with a lemon and caper soured cream, and in this video I walk you through making them with Autumnal root vegetables. These are inspired by one of my favourite dishes in Jerusalem.
Friday, 16 September 2016
If you're one for subtitles, I need to share with you probably the best thing I have seen on television at least this year: The Outlaws. Flemish language with subtitles (called Clan in Belgium), it follows four sisters who are plotting to kill their brother-in-law, who they all call 'the prick' with good reason. The drama starts at his funeral, and in flash backs you never quite know until the end how he died, or indeed who actually killed him. It's a black comedy that had us all waiting for it to come on every week. I promise you won't regret pre-ordering or renting it to binge watch. Another summer TV love of mine that has just finished and is also a bit niche, is BrainDead. Another drama comedy from the creators of The Good Wife, bugs are taking over Washington D.C. and eating politicians brains. It offers some frankly hilarious alternative explanations for some of the things going on in American politics right now. Donald Trump, anyone?
1. Pretty pink roses to brighten things up a little. | 2. Fresh Mint Straccia Gelato at Gelupo on Cambridge Circus. | 3. Fondant brownie, salted caramel ice cream and a glass of Tattinger at The Compasses Inn in Crundale. | 4. Baking a Blueberry Clafoutis from Nadiya's Kitchen. She was kind enough to send me a signed copy, and every recipe I have tried from it so far has both been delicious, and has worked perfectly. | 5. Quenching the Indian Summer with classic St. Germain cocktails: 2 parts champagne, 1 1/2 parts St. Germain and 2 parts soda water over ice with a lemon wheel. | 6. Pesto scrambled eggs and sweet potato cakes for breakfast at The Skinny Kitchen in Canterbury.