Sweet Curry Fries

Anglo-Indian food is an absolute staple of UK takeaways, and while we may differ in many of our choices – korma or vindaloo, peshwari or garlic naan, bombay aloo or saag – we can all agree on one thing.  Aren’t the poppadoms lovely?  Beautiful crisp discs topped with onion, mint yoghurt, mango chutney and if…

Prawn and Pineapple Onigiri (Rice Balls)

When I’m not busy mixing fruit and meat into bizarre combinations I am lucky enough to be a primary school teacher.  Many of the children I teach are from Japanese backgrounds, so I often see these delightful little triangular mounds of rice in their lunchboxes.  I was amazed at how perfect they look, and being…

Lime Roasted Chicken with Butternut Purée

So I may have been in a bit of a “gourmet” mood with this one, but stick with me.  While this may look very chefs table in its presentation, it is an insanely simple meal that would easily impress dinner guests with its luxurious appearance. In terms of the experience of eating it, the flavours…

Taste of Christmas Sandwich

  In recent years we have developed some odd Christmas traditions as a society – in particular, those associated with supermarkets.  While the ever bloated, haunting-cover-of-a-pop-song-accompanied adverts are interesting, my real interest is the meal deal festive sandwiches offered by these supermarkets.  I have tasted and ranked no less than 15 different varieties from 6…

Lime and Ginger Mackerel with Edamame and Baby Cucumber Salad

Fish is one of those things I don’t include in my diet nearly enough.  If you didn’t grow up eating fish regularly, it can seem a little daunting.  There’s a sense that it doesn’t work the same way as other meats – it seems somehow easier to mess up and make somebody ill.  And yet,…