A Trip To (the now late) Skyroom in Calcutta

April 30th, 2017|

A trip to (the now late) Skyroom in Calcutta was a very very special treat indeed… a prawn or lobster Thermidor on the menu was the icing on our Baked Alaska.. On a much later trip, Mahera and I discovered Oh Calcutta’s Prawn Thermidor which was a close second to the original Skyroom version. On […]

Boarding school mealtimes were memorable in more ways than one…

March 25th, 2017|

We would file into the large Refectory four times a day usually famished and sit down at  long allocated tables…about 15 to a table organised by age… Groans  of despair could be heard from all around almost immediately –  those meals were probably the worst I have ever eaten ..cold, congealed and tasteless… However to […]

I could almost become a vegetarian.. almost!!

March 4th, 2017|

We don’t always get a request to make Shukto for a catered event but when we did, we were delighted.. A Shukto is true blue dish from Bengal.. rarely made  outside a Bengali home.   A proper Shukto is an acquired taste and like most simple dishes needs to be made properly.. the finished dish […]

Today is Biscuit Appreciation Day

March 4th, 2017|

My earliest memories of tea time remain interspersed with the sounds of the jeep arriving at the porch signalling dad coming home at the end of his ” kaamjari “, excited barking of the dogs and my sister and I running across the long verandah to greet him. Signalling the close of a working day, […]

A first class mutton curry

February 19th, 2017|

A Railway Mutton Curry also known as a First Class Mutton Curry was what you got served if you travelled First Class on the Indian Railways in years gone by.. Simple ingredients were elevated to a sublime dish using patience and time.. Always cooked on the bone, usually a fiery red colour that slowly emerges […]

Pithes and Pulis

January 16th, 2017|

Every self respecting Bengali family will claim their pathishaptas are a cut above the rest and ours is no exception… My grandmother, my aunt and my mum all do a mean pathishapta. For the uninitiated a pathishapta is Bengal’s answer to the French crepe – however the batter is made with a mixture of rice […]

Dry January?

January 2nd, 2017|

If you like a lot of us have embarked on a dry January to combat the excesses of the festive season, here are some alternative drink ideas.

India has a host of drinks apart from the usual “mango lassi” that are hitherto unfamiliar to the west… Most of these, apart from taste, have properties to help […]

Curry for Sunday Lunch

September 25th, 2016|

Sundays in most Calcutta households are synonymous with a lazy lunch followed by an afternoon nap.. An integral part of the lunch is “kochi pathar jhol” or tender goat meat curry.. Every house has its own recipe but generally whole cardamom, cinnamon , dry red chillis and cloves are thrown into smoking hot mustard oil. […]

Skinny Peels

August 10th, 2016|

The slow Amazon like river Ganges flowing through the verdant plains of Bengal is both a boon and a blessing.. While the monsoons can cause the mighty river to overflow and cause floods and devastation, it also makes the land one of the most fertile in the country.. The waters abound in fish and the […]

An Indo British Partnership

July 15th, 2016|

Anglo Indians are a product of the 300 years of British rule in India.. Often referred to as a community without a country, the Braganzas, D’Costas and D’Souzas kept the Railways, Post Offices, Schools and Bakeries to name but a few services going and formed an integral part of our childhoods in Calcutta.. Anglo Indian […]