All posts filed under: Curry

Spicy Curry at Assado, Waterloo

On Friday night, we planned to meet up with my sister-in-law, Pops (who I’m sure you’ll be hearing more of on this blog!) and her partner, Pete, for dinner. With us living in East London, and them in Wandsworth, Waterloo is usually a good central point for us to meet. But we’d all been busy and hadn’t got round to booking anywhere in advance. There are plenty of chain restaurants in the area (Wahaca, Ping Pong, Wagamama etc) but you can’t book on a Friday night and the queues are insane – we’d learned our lesson from doing this many times before! Pops has a Tastecard, and I found that there was space at one of the restaurants in the Tastecard programme called Assado, a ‘Goan Canteen.’ The website describes how chef Cyrus Todiwala found a natural correlation between Goan, Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine during his travels and combined this with the food of his Indian homeland. It certainly sounded interesting!     The restaurant, located a short walk from Waterloo station, just past the Old Vic …

Cooking Korma at Home with Tastesmiths

As many of you may have seen, I attended a Tastesmiths event last week, where we were given a lesson in cooking with fresh ingredients, using the Tastesmiths kits. You can read my full write-up here. At the event, we were given the choice of trying out the Madras or Korma, and my cooking partner and I went for the Madras. I was allowed to take a kit with me to try at home, so I thought I’d give the Korma a go this time. Korma is one of  my favourite curries, simply because I love the flavour. But I’m always a bit embarrassed to order it when out at a restaurant with friends, as it feels a bit like the ‘wimp’ option. What I loved about the Tastesmiths kit, is that you could make any curry as spicy as you want – including Korma! It’s the solution I’ve been looking for all this time! On Sunday evening, Tim and I used the kit for dinner – it was really fun to cook together, as …

Tastesmiths Event: Cooking Fresh!

Last night I was invited to an event hosted at Food at 52 for a new company called Tastesmiths, run by a fab mother and daughter duo from Birmingham, Sally and Stef. The message behind Tastesmiths is simple: you should always try and cook with fresh ingredients! And in order to do this, they sell clever ‘kits’ of such fresh ingredients for a wide variety of recipes, giving you the exact quantities you’ll need. No more buying countless bottles of herbs and spices that end up sitting in the back of the cupboard, rarely being used. Sally commented that when researching some of their curry recipes, if they had bought all ingredients from scratch, the bill would have racked up to around £25+, without even taking the meat into consideration. This is something I’ve experienced myself – our herb and spice box is overflowing and we seem to have some form of ‘cinnamon amnesia’, as we have about 5 different bottles of the stuff in various forms. So these kits are such a brilliant idea!   …

Easter Cooking: Lamb & Tomato Curry

One of the recipes we cooked with our roast lamb over Easter was a lamb and tomato curry. Curries are often Tim’s job, as he always does well with them and gets the spice level just right. I tend to get a bit overzealous with the chilli, although I love making them. As you can tell by the cooking photo, he’s a much messier chef than me. But it’s ok – he calls it ‘rustic’ 😉 He got the recipe from Food.com, but always tends to add his own twist. This is the original recipe: INGREDIENTS SERVINGS 4-6 1⁄4 cup olive oil 2lbs boneless lamb shoulder (in our case, we used lamb leg), trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1 inch cubes 1⁄4 cup butter 2 tablespoons cumin seeds 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 inches fresh ginger, minced 2 medium onions, chopped 2 tablespoons ground coriander 2 tablespoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon turmeric 1⁄2-1 teaspoon cayenne 10 whole cloves 3 inches cinnamon sticks 1cup plain yoghurt 6 medium tomatoes, peeled and each cut into six pieces or 1 1⁄2 …