The cold weather is with us again, although very dry, it is trying to snow just a little.
But I want to tell your about a very "warm" day I had yesterday.
I like Indian food, providing it is not too hot, but when ever I looked at recipes in my cookery books, I changed my mind, when confronted with a long list of spices needed.
Not long before Christmas I was reading an article in the Mendip Times about "Sweet Cumin", a cookery school specialising in Indian, namely Gujarati food. Sweet Cumin happens to be based here in Somerset, not very far from where I live. Both my DD and my DS's partner were also interested, so I contacted Bini at Sweet Cumin and booked a day for our course.
Yesterday the 3 of us arrived in Bini's lovely kitchen for our "Weekend Family Meal" course.
In her introduction Bini told us little about her family's Gujarati background, then we talked about and tasted spices we were going to use in our cooking.
roast chicken curry
aubergine and potatoe curry
savoury rice and yogurt sauce
After that it was hands on, Bini demonstarted and we followed,
and this is our roast chicken curry finished
a close up of my dish.
When the rest of the food was finished, it was time to sit down and taste.
We enjoyed our time with Bini very much.
The course was well prepared, relaxed and friendly, just like cooking in a friend's kitchen.
And we all took a complete meal home, to eat in the evening!
From my point - I am no longer affraid to blend spices, and I am now in a process of reorganising my spices and re-discovering my Indian cookery books.
Thank you, Bini, for a wonderful morning!
Interestingly, from the point of this blog, Bini studied textile design and after that was teaching textiles, until she changed direction, to share with us her food heritage and the cooking skills her mother was teaching her.
Of course, as you and I know, textiles and cooking go together very well!
Sweet Cumin was born (if you click on the highlited name, you will be taken to Bini's website).
By the way, Bini is taking a part in the ITV's new food programme Food Glorious Food, which starts next week, and its aim is to find Britain's best loved recipe. I believe you will be able to see Bini on the 5th March, when the programme visits South West. A book to acompany the programme has already been published.