Chicken Tikka Masala

The Chicken Tikka Masala Origin Story Chicken Tikka Masala was supposedly born in Glasgow when a customer complained about his chicken curry being dry.  To remedy this situation, the restaurant chef added some tomato soup to the mix and VOILA! This British-Indian dish was born.  Many people speculate on whether or not this is actually…

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Cranachan

    Release the Cranachan….   This Scottish dessert of Cranachan (pronounced CRA-NA-HCHAN) is not a sea-dwelling monster from Norse mythology but instead a delicious concoction of oats, cream or yogurt and raspberries.  It is also one of my family’s favorite desserts which I only make on special occasions like Christmas or anniversaries. Over the years…

Andy’s Chicken Balti

A curry here, another curry there… Compare a local mamak (eatery) here in Malaysia with an Indian restaurant back home and you will be puzzled.  Granted, a mamak serves a wide range of different Malaysian foods from three (or more) different ethnic groups, not just food from the subcontinent, but if you fancy a curry…

Andy’s Balti Base Gravy

Why do we need a base gravy for this dish? It’s tough to pick a “biggest difference” between British Indian food and “real” Indian cooking – beyond the fact that one has come through the lens of the restaurant industry rather than the homes and street stalls of the subcontinent.  At home, most curries are…

Kedgeree

    What is kedgeree? Kedgeree is a British breakfast dish inspired by the Indian rice and lentil dish of khichdi.  To anglicize to fit to British tastes,  the lentils were swapped out for the beloved breakfast fish that is the kipper (smoked herring).  When it came upon my turn to make this dish, I…

Salmon en Croute

      It may have a fancy French name, but this dish is all British.  Salmon en croute dates back to the 18th century when everywhere in Europe it was all the rage to cover things in dough and speak French.  Considering how much the British love things delivered in pastry, this makes perfect…

Mulligatawny

          For a long time, I didn’t know what Mulligatawny was.  What was this soup that my husband kept asking me to make?  So, I did a little research and found that this dish is yet another British hybrid of an Indian recipe only this time made with added beef, thickeners…

Steak and Ale Pie

        Steak and ale pie might seem like one of those dishes that you can only get in a pub somewhere in Yorkshire with a side of mashed potatoes, green peas and a decent mug of lager or two.  Where else could people master such a flaky crust, luscious gravy and tender…

Foolproof Minted Peas

  Mint and Peas? I don’t know about that… Although it may not seem appetizing at first, fresh peas sauteed in mint, butter and garlic is quite a heavenly vegetable dish.  I’m quite a fan of minted peas myself and can not fathom a plate of fish and chips without them.   How this recipe…