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Chapati making

I tried making Chapatis this weekend with the girls. For all my Indian heritage, I’m better at a roast or BBQ than I am at this sort of thing but we gave it a go. All of my output was a little too crunchy – I think down to rolling the chapatis out too thin and not kneading them for long enough to let gluten do whatever it is that gluten does.

Checked out this video guide belatedly and kind of wish I’d watched it in advance now. She makes it look so effortless! Need to give it another go!

Christmas season cooking

Updated: Select photos available here.

Inspired by too much Saturday Kitchen reading too many food blogs, a desire to reciprocate my mother-in-law’s amazing culinary generousity, and a bit more time than I should have, I collaborated with my brother-in-law James to create a three course meal for Amanda and Ulla between Christmas and New Year. After 6 hours of shopping and cooking, the courses were:

Roast butternut squash soup

Roast loin of pork with crunch crackling with a port gravy, served with
Roast potatoes
Stewed red cabbage with apple and red wine
Shredded and whole stir-fried brussel sprout leaves in a Vichy-style sauce
Golden-syrup glazed roast chanterey carrots

Stewed apples and blackberries with chewy meringues and vanilla ice-cream

It was a fairly spectacular meal and James and I had huge fun creating it – from traipsing up and down Portobello road sourcing all the ingredients (highlight; my not realising a butcher was halal and asking if he had a loin of pork… to be served with the friendly rejoinder “quick, shoot him!”), to managing multiple ovens in the house to get everything cooked on time, to James’ handy timing schedule.

Of course, given my affection for soup I thought I’d give you the low-down on Mr Worral Thompson’s soup recipe from the BBC’s food archives (btw, Pob (my friend who works on the BBC food site!) , if you’re reading this, your search still doesn’t work! I had to dig it up via Google!) — it is awesome. Whilst I’m not sure it was necessary to roast he butternut squash in multiple segments (halves would have worked and reduced cooking time) the final result of the soup was rich, sweet and savoury in one, perfect consistency and really, really moreish. Next time we make it, I might try adding some curry flavouring to add an exotic hint to a very British winter soup. Served with a “cheffy drizzle” of olive oil, this was a perfect winter warmer.

If you’re curious about the rest of the menu, let me know and I’ll write more!

Chicken curry 2.0

My love for Videojug continues – last night I made this:

How To Cook A Chicken Curry In Ten Minutes

…needless to say, it took a little more than ten minutes but worked out very satisfactorily.

If you’re curious — you can substitute milk (or Lactofree, if you’re me) for the cream and it is pretty tasty. I’d recommend using more than one chilli if you’re used to any kind of proper spice (or possibly some chilli powder), and maybe even tinned tomatoes or passata instead of tomato paste if you want to give it a bit more sauce.

Serve with fried roti canai (paratha), bought frozen at the Indian shop down the road. Nom nom nom…