Surrey Spice Recipes

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 Good Indian Breakfast

June 16th, 2016|

There is a reason why Indians are amongst the most overweight in the world. No man or child from a self respecting “khaata peeta ghar” ( home of plenty) will be allowed to venture out in the morning without being adequately fortified to keep brain and body sustained…Not for them sliced fruit or sugar free […]

Fish Cakes

June 16th, 2016|

Fish it is…

Like every year gone by.. One of my resolutions that I refresh is to declutter my life… Of relationships I have outgrown and things we do not need… On a more prosaic level, this also includes our overstuffed and bulging larder…It’s a bit like the master chef invention test challenge and the idea […]

Pad Thai

June 16th, 2016|

Yesterday’s fish cakes went down well with an avocado, green bean and sesame salad… And we are on to Day 2 of decluttering larder… It’s been easy today – a huge packet of Thai Rice Sticks .. So Pad Thai it was..

The recipe is one I got off Mr Google a while ago and works […]

Chicken Soup for the Soul

June 16th, 2016|

Lots of perks growing up on a tea estate in the seventies and eighties.. Starting from having elephants at your birthday party to your very own cow providing your daily glass of milk to Father Christmas turning up in a helicopter. As “Chai” kids we took all this for granted and one of the “treats” […]

A Lesson in Samosas

June 16th, 2016|

There are samosas and there are samosas and then there samosas…I keep on saying that those filo wrapped triangular parcels passed off as samosas we get in the UK bear as much resemblance to the real thing as I do to the Queen..

The first test of a proper samosa is that it has to be […]

A Cup of Chai

June 16th, 2016|

Our cup of tea: The ultimate eco friendly disposable cup.. Made beautifully by hand on a potter’s wheel and then fired in traditional kilns. Sold for less than a pence and used by millions everyday to drink their daily cup of chai from street vendors… Once used these are then thrown away and ultimately go […]