Crab Curry

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: Crabs, ( 500 gm) cut into pieces 2 Potatoes, cut into halves  Onion paste 1 teaspoon Garlic  paste 1-1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste 1-1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder  1 teaspoon Red chili powder 1 tsp Cumin powder  1-1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder Salt , as per taste  1/2 teaspoon Sugar 2 tbsps tomato puree 2 Green chilies 2 Cardamom pods 2 Cloves 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder 3 tbsp Mustard oil Method: Clean the crabs with … Continue reading Crab Curry

Delectable Duck Curry

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH For  spice powder: Cinnamon – 1 inch 2 sticks Green Cardamon – 3 pieces Cloves – 1/2 teaspoon Whole black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon Whole fenugreek  – 1/2 teaspoon Whole coriander – 1/2 teaspoon Whole cumin – 1 teaspoon For  the curry: Duck – 1.5 kg  boneless  and skinned Plain yogurt  – 1/2 cup Ginger paste – 2 teaspoon Garlic paste – 2 teaspoon Cumin paste – 1 teaspoon Coriander powder – … Continue reading Delectable Duck Curry

Taking the Brexit Biscuit

BY NICK PEARCE Last Friday the Independent noted how a London food bank has been criticised for refusing to accept a donation of ‘Brexit biscuits’ because they would be ‘too political’, in a move which ‘some would no doubt argue takes the biscuit’. Political Confectioneries (conveniently shortened to ‘PC’) are behind the snack, which comes wrapped in a copy of Article 50 of the Lisbon … Continue reading Taking the Brexit Biscuit

Steamed Cranberry Roly-Poly

Ingredients: 175g fresh cranberries (or frozen, thawed) 1 tbsp icing sugar 2 tbsp cranberry sauce or jelly 300g self-raising flour , plus extra for dusting 140g dried suet 85g caster sugar finely grated zest 1 orange 175-200ml milk custard , to serve Instructions:  To make the filling, warm the cranberries and icing sugar together in a saucepan until the fruits begin to soften. Increase the … Continue reading Steamed Cranberry Roly-Poly

Gatte Curry & Dumplings

BY RUCHIRA GHOSH Ingredients: For the dumplings 1 cup besan / gram flour ½ tsp coriander seeds, crushed ¼ tsp carom seeds/bishop’s weed ¼ tsp turmeric ¼ tsp red chilli powder A pinch of  asafoetida ¼ tsp salt 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter 2 tbsp curd / yogurt Water For the gravy  2 tbsp oil 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp dry fenugreek leaves 1 bay leaf ½ tsp fennel seeds A pinch of asafoetida 1 onion, finely chopped 1 tsp ginger garlic paste ¼ tsp turmeric 1 tsp   red chilli powder ½ tsp coriander powder ¼ tsp cumin powder … Continue reading Gatte Curry & Dumplings

Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail

Ingredients: For the rhubarb syrup:  85g caster sugar 300g chopped rhubarb For the cocktail:  100ml vodka 100ml rhubarb syrup (see above) 1 length rhubarb 30ml advocaat 75ml lemonade   Instructions: To make the rhubarb syrup, put the caster sugar in a saucepan with 75ml water. Heat very gently, so the sugar disappears but the water doesn’t bubble. Tip in the chopped rhubarb, cover with a … Continue reading Rhubarb & Custard Cocktail

Meatloaf Recipe

Ingredients: 750g/1lb 10oz lean beef mince 175g/6oz pork sausage meat 1 egg, beaten 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon sage leaves, chopped 1 tablespoon mustard 1 heaped tablespoon tomato purée 110g/4oz fresh breadcrumbs ½ tsp paprika salt and freshly ground black pepper   Method: Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix … Continue reading Meatloaf Recipe

Caraway Seed Loaf Cake

Ingredients: 170g golden caster sugar 170g butter, softened 3 large eggs ½ tsp vanilla extract 170g self-raising flour 45g ground almonds 4 tbsp milk 4 tsp caraway seeds 1 tbsp demerara sugar 1 tbsp flaked almonds Method: Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line a 2lb/900g loaf tin with baking parchment. Beat the caster sugar and butter using an electric whisk or wooden spoon. Whisk … Continue reading Caraway Seed Loaf Cake

Onion Bread

Ingredients: Makes 1 loaf 1 large onion, chopped or thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil salt 500g strong flour 1 tsp salt 25 g fresh yeast 1 bunch spring onion leaves, finely chopped 320 ml warm water Rosemary (optional) Method: In a frying pan heat oil over medium heat. Cook onion until soft and caramelised. Season with salt and set aside to cool. In a … Continue reading Onion Bread

Paprika Grilled Oysters

Ingredients: 6 big shell-on oysters  3 cloves garlic, finely chopped paprika and cayenne pepper  2 tablespoons salted butter, melted  lemon wedges, (optional) Method: Shuck the oysters and set aside. Top the oysters with the chopped garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper. Add some melted butter in each oyster. Place under the grill for about 5-8 minutes or until they are cooked. Serve immediately with a squeeze … Continue reading Paprika Grilled Oysters

One Pot Cauliflower Curry

Ingredients: 1 medium cauliflower head — cut into florets  1 tablespoon vegetable or extra virgin olive oil  2 cups white onions — chopped  3 cloves garlic — minced  1 teaspoon cumin powder  ¼ teaspoon ground coriander  4 teaspoons curry powder  Salt and black pepper to taste  2 cups diced tomatoes with the juice from the can  2 cups green peas or chickpeas  1¾ cups coconut … Continue reading One Pot Cauliflower Curry