not just Hot!
What makes us all of a sudden a country of Indian food fanatics?
Last week I met up with Kris, and wed decided on an Indian.
So what made us choose our location? For my part there was a pub I quite
liked next door, and with my frazzled nerves that was the ideal opportunity
for a decent pint of Stella Artois (just to help relax me of course!).
We got into the restaurant relatively early, and me relatively sober.
And what was portrayed as an Indian restaurant of high class suddenly
appeared to my sober eyes as a bit of a dump.
Then came the choice of what to eat; my appetite wasnt exactly driving
me to eat a horse, so I wasnt too fussy and chose the same as Kris.
It was nice, but my taste buds were not alcoholically numbed. Kris, being
the perfect Gent expressed mutual delight in the occasion.
Fortunately the company I was in was more important, and more than compensated.
So what should we be focusing on?
Well, those who know my pathetically amateurish culinary status (having
viewed my recipe for Beef Curry) will agree that I need to look a bit
more deeply into the subject.
Not just for cooking, but also medicinal.
those who laugh at my choice of sprinkling Turmeric
over my beans may like to know it calms the digestive system and can help
to reduce gas and bloating.
Extracts have been used for such ailments as hepatitis, cirrhosis and
jaundice (did I say cirrhosis better buy a few ton!)
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is an excellent digestive aid helping to ease indigestion, and flatulence.
(just love the smell) is useful for easing inflammatory conditions of
is credited with stimulating blood circulation. If youve got a
cold coming on its pretty useful in helping recovery; and helps
reduce rheumatic aches and pains.
Did you know that
chillies provide three times more vitamin C than oranges?
But lets get down to business Food.
My good friend Bill the Main Man/Editor informed me recently
that spices rapidly lose there flavour; so thats a couple of pounds
of my 2 year old collection down the drain!!
Buy a little often is the trick.
Whats always annoyed me is that no one seems able to say what
spice does what.
You know, they always act very clever and say, Try them out for
yourself, and see which is you favourite. Oh great! After youve
chucked half ton of cayenne pepper into your stew!
Spices can be divided into those that are sweet and those that are robust:
star anise (? Exactly my thought), fennel,
So, thats a start.
Based around those pointers Ive decided to knock together some
recipes that seem to rely more on taste, than just Hot!
Look out Kris, forget the Indian Restaurant, Im cooking next time!!