Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Prayer for Owen Meany

I must admit that periodically felt disengaged from this book because I was unfamiliar with many important issues it covered. I don’t know much about the Vietnam War or American politics. I didn’t know the difference between different Christian denominations. … Continue reading

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Bhakri/Chapattis

31 Jan 2018 Using bread flour makes the chapatti too chewy because of the gluten. Use plain flour. 8 Aug 2014 The recipe in Rick Stein’s India is the best: 250g chapatti flour, 1/2 tsp salt & 2 tbsp oil. … Continue reading

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Veena Chopra’s lamb rogan josh

Veena’s recipe makes a very tasty rogan josh with a wonderful spectrum of flavour but it can take ages to make unless you get organised. I may adjust the recipe a little because I find there is too much black … Continue reading

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Inside Man

Inside Man is a clever bank-heist thriller with style, humour and unafraid to comment on important issues like racism. I highly recommend it.

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One Good Turn

This is a decent read, addictive as claimed on the jacket, and kept me guessing. Unlike how I felt about Case Histories (the first book in the Jackson Brodie series) I was satisfied with how all the endings were tied … Continue reading

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What Was Lost

This is the first book I’ve read with my reading group. I liked it a lot. It is very spooky and feels very close to home which I find to be a good combination. It’s written by someone very close … Continue reading

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Slow roast half shoulder of lamb – Indian style

I adapted my recipe from this recipe which I’ve used before. For an Indian style HALF shoulder, the spice mix I used was 1 tsp cumin, ground 1 tsp coriander seeds, ground 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger … Continue reading

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Pan-fried sea bass with noodle soup

I don’t seem to have made any notes about this and just took a photo of the flavouring ingredients and the finished dish. I think the inspiration must have come from Ken Hom’s pad thai recipe. I do remember that … Continue reading

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Noodle soup with grilled fish by Nigel Slater

This is a recipe from Nigel Slater’s Real Cooking book. I had been looking forward to cooking it for some time and so I bought red mullet (not snapper) fillets and (baby) spinach. But, partly due to the recipe and … Continue reading

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How to cook sausages

Oven with fan on, 160 degrees, 15-20 mins. No need to brush sausages with anything, just line trays with baking paper. This method gives the sausages a good outer colour without drying out the filling.

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