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Ever since Indian restaurants began opening in Britain, curries have been modified to suit local tastes. Some, such as Chicken Tikka Masala and Baltis, were invented here. Now there's another one, from Glasgow this time. Chasni has been described as 'Indian food for people who don't like Indian food'. It really is the blandest thing on the menu, but you'll love it.
Bagels are a form of bread roll particularly associated with Jewish cuisine. They have a delicious chewy texture that comes from the addition of honey to the dough, and poaching them before baking. They can be a bit tricky to get right, but the learning curve is worth it.
The name Teriyaki refers to a process of cooking meat or fish by first marinading it in a thickish savoury/sweet glaze, and then cooking it under a grill or broiler. It's very quick, easy, and delicious.
Roscón De Reyes
Traditionally, the Spanish celebrate Christmas on the 6th of January, when the three Kings arrive and give gifts to the children. Roscón De Reyes is a bread / cake that is eaten at this time. It's similar to brioche, but made in a ring, like a crown, and decorated with candied fruit, like jewels. Roscón De Reyes is also popular in Latin America, where it is known as Rosca De Reyes.
How to make a Gingerbread House
A gingerbread house can be a fun thing to make. It can also be torture, because if you haven't had a lot of practise at gingerbread housemaking, many things can go wrong.
Easy Stollen Recipe
This fabulous rich, fruity, German Christmas treat is utterly wonderful and bursting with flavour. As with all breads, you'll be doing quite a lot of kneading and waiting for the dough to rise, but the results are well worth the effort.
Goan Fish Curry
This light and healthy curry from Goa in Southern India is a delight. Coconut gives it sweetness, while tamarind adds a contrasting sourness. It's easy to make and really tasty.
Green Tomato Chutney
The end of summer / beginning of autumn is a time when we look forward to masses of cheap tomatoes from the market, or free tomatoes from our gardens. Unfortunately, if you've had a poor summer (I live in the north of England, so that's pretty much a given) and don't have a greenhouse, your tomatoes may not ripen. But don't worry, you can make this wonderful chutney!
Brawn - Head Cheese - Fromage de Tete
Nose-to-tail eating is a hot topic these days, and brawn is a perfect example of it. The pigs head has a surprising amount of meat in it, and you also get lots of skin, fat and jellied stock to use in other dishes. Pigs heads are also amazingly cheap.
How to Make Chilli Jam
There's a bit of a trend these days for making jam and marmalades out of non-fruity things - chillis and onions being quite prominent. This chilli jam is easy to make and totally wonderful.
Perfect Yorkshire Puddings
Yorkshire puddings are known the world over as the thing you have with roast beef. But making the prefect Yorkshire pudding can be a challenge because of the mythology and folklore that surrounds them.
I love the idea of onion rings - a crispy batter surrounding a ring of sweet onion. But the things you get from most takeaways are usually disappointly artificial. You have to wonder how much onion they waste to get every ring the exact same size!
Chorchori or charchari is a staple of Bengali vegetarian cuisine. It usually consists of around 5 different vegetables sauteed and steamed. The exact selection of veggies depends on what you happen to have available, and you should try to have a range of different textures - crunchy like carrots and radishes, soft like squash, pumpkin and aubergine, and in-between like potatoes, peas and green beans.
Tandoori Chicken is probably one of the most popular dishes in Indian restaurants in the west. But you need a tandoor to make it, right? Not quite - you can do it on a barbecue or grill, but you can also do it in a standard oven. You won't get the smoky char on it, but it's still pretty good!
Pie and Mash with Liquor
Dating from the times when the Thames was cleaner and full of life, these pies would originally have contained eels - the accompanying sauce is made from the liquid (the liquor) the eels were cooked in, along with a load of parsley that gives it its green colour. Nowadays the most common filling is minced beef, although finely diced beef can also be used.