wild strawberry kheer

Wild strawberries were one of the best things about my childhood. When spring and summer would come (their season is April – July), we would be walking about in the woodlands and stumble upon these little plants with delicate white flowers bearing the most beautiful tiny strawberries that looked like little rubies. Ever since that first time, we went back to the same spot to gather a batch every year.

spinach pesto risotto

Wishing you a very happy summer solstice! Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere, and the solstice been celebrated in the UK for centuries. Since it’s now officially midsummer, we had better celebrate! We’ve been having a mini-heatwave here. London has hit temperatures of 35°c, and my city around 30°c…

besan ladoo

One of the most recognisable exotic sweets from the Indian continent, besan ladoo are deliciously nutty and sweet, half gooey and half crumby. If I remember rightly, the very first time I made the foray into the dizzying world of Indian desserts  I spent the afternoon making besan ladoo.  I found the word so cute…

mushroom patty sliders

Delicious vegetarian patties that are crisp on the outside, wet and soft on the inside – and deliver flavour that could rival any first-rate burger? Coming right up. I realised today I was unequivocally missing America. Recently we went to the USA for a short break where we managed to get all the way from…

coconut & almond karanji

This year my birthday fell on Easter Sunday, which is possibly the most revered day of the calendar for Christians. After 40 days of fasting for Lent, and a Holy Week beginning on Palm Sunday (which celebrates Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem), Easter Sunday is celebrated as ‘The Resurrection’; 3 days after his crucification, Christ rose…

saffron & samphire spanish paella

Paella de verduras. That’s “paella of vegetables”, which translates to an absolutely delicious vegetarian rice dish packed with flavour and hearty goodness. Paella as we know it originated Valencia, Spain. It’s perhaps one of the most recognisable and famous Spanish dishes, famed for it’s use of golden saffron, ground peppers, and tasty rice – the most important ingredient….

rasmalai

There are no words to describe the intense rich, creamy, and sweet taste on the palate when eating a spoonful of rasmalai. Light, spongy, spiced softly with cardamon and delicate saffron; they must be tasted to be fully admired. Ras in Hindi literally translates to “juice” meaning the delicious thickened milk we serve, and malai means cream. They are a Bengali delicacy…