Category Archives: tried and tasted

Learning to cook with a local, Meenu

We’ve already established I have a new Indian BFF – Meenu – and this is where I met her. She runs a little cooking school in the beautiful lake-side town of Udaipur, Rajasthan.

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Welcome to Bex’s Boxty Kitchen

It was St Paddy’s Day and as the battle of the Pods continued, we were challenged with bringing something typically Irish into the office to share. I knew a few chocolate Guinness cakes were planned, so I decided to go savoury.

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Sri Lankan dhal with coconut sambol

As one of my favourite countries in the world, it’s about time I wrote something about Sri Lanka. I spent 3 months there is 2007 – my Mum, concerned that I wouldn’t be eating properly, sent me off with 100 vitamin tablets, and I came back having gained half a stone.

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Lamb tagine with mint and pomegranate

Carrying a large terracotta tagine on an aeroplane in hand luggage is no mean feat. Especially when accompanied by a medium-sized decorative tagine, an array of mini tagines (notice a theme here), a ceramic drum/tamtam, a huge serving bowl and six pudding bowls…

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Shakshouka shakshouka-ya-ya

I think we have already established I love Israeli food, and not just because of Yotam Ottolenghi. Shakshouka was my first meal after touching down in Tel Aviv, and it remained my favourite throughout my whole time in Israel.

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That’s just how I roll: Sushi making at L’ateliers

I got into sushi when I lived in Edinburgh and my flatmate was such a fan. She used to take me to Sushiya on Dalry Road and we made sure we wore elasticated trousers (not even kidding!)

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South American Pie: The Empanada

I am a massive fan of pastry (I am Northern, after all), so you can imagine my delight when I discovered that pies are everywhere in Argentina (and other South American countries) in the form of an empanada.

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Yorkshire day tripper part 2: Ice cream (icy-d-creamo as Grandad used to say)

In my youth, come half term holidays, rain or shine, and we were there at Brymor ice cream parlour; 9:45am and waiting with trepidation for the doors to open at 10:00am for an unusual breakfast of the frozen variety.

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Brrrr, London is flippin freezing; warm yourself with an Indian masala chai

Working in a North Indian restaurant in Edinburgh during my student days, I battled the infamous Scottish wind and rain to get to work, to be welcomed with a cup of sweet masala tea…

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Spicy black bean quesadilla, inspired by Brixton

Motivated not by a trip to Mexico (although I have been) but by night out in London, I decided to make spicy black bean quesadillas!

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