Banana Bhajiyas

Sunday afternoons meant a plateful of bhajiyas – potatoes, chillies, onions, and sometimes bananas. Yep, crushed spiced banana bhajiyas are remarkably moorish, the sweetness colliding with a little chilli heat, makes it the perfect snack, along with a cup of chai. Ingredients 2 ripe bananas40g gram/chickpea floor55ml water2 garlic cloves, crushed1 small red chilli finely…

My 10 Top Vegetarian Cookbooks

Perhaps you’re like me. Cookbooks some piled high, and some scattered like they were in the palm of my hand and I blew them around the room, and where they land, they shall stay for eternity/until I get told off. Below are my top 10 vegetarian cookbooks, that I have had to scoop off the…

3 Crisp Ideas

Welcome to my weakness. Crisps. After supper, where most people will go for dessert of some description, I will head straight for the crisp draw to satisfy my crunch craving. Usually salty/spicy popcorn, or Walkers Ready Salted with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of chilli (it’s an old Indian man thing, which seems…

Garlic Confit

The sweetness released from garlic by slowly poaching is just magic. I mean on a Hermione Granger level. The mellow cloves can be used in so many different ways, and I’ve listed a few of my favourite below the recipe. I have used six garlic heads, but just use however many you have. Ingredients 6…

Corn Curry

With mildly stinging lips from the chilli heat, I continue to delicately graze away on my corn on the cob, and I remember that this is one of the best ways to eat it – a simple makai nu shaak. Adding crushed walnuts and a drizzle of walnut oil at the end, gives it a…

Picnic Ideas

To me, picnics are an absolute treat, and it’s something I personally don’t do enough of. But now, seems to be the right time to fix that. Meeting friends outside or in the garden is now a thing, and looks to be that way at least until the cooler months (I’m saying that in July…

40 Foods at 40

Early this year, in the middle of a stingingly cold and choppy Atlantic Ocean, a toast was raised for me. I had turned 40. It’s a ‘big one’ they say, but honestly I don’t get hung up on age – one minute I can act like a stroppy teenager, the next have all the wisdom…

Stuffed Focaccia

Since lockdown, lunch has become more of a thing. Whilst I am still working full time, my desk has moved from the work office to the kitchen table and although not physically a million miles apart from each other, the space itself certainly is. A busy office full of people is replaced with solitude and…

Cheese, Chilli & Garlic Tear-and-Share Scones

If you’ve ever met me, there’s a chance I would have tried to force-feed you a home-made scone. Making scones are in retrospect the most Sundayest of things to do, and my freezer is full of different varieties I’ve tried and tested, but these are one of my favourite kind (I have made these without…

Time for Comfort Foods

During these challenging times…. how many times have we seen or heard that now? Or swap ‘challenging’ with unprecedented or unusual. Still, we know, we get it. I sometimes, two months in, continue to have waves of moments where I’m in disbelief, and it takes a little while to comprehend just what is happening across…