ROYAL WINDSOR ROSE AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

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A Wonderful evening was spent mingling with the members of the RWRHS at the annual drinks party in the home of Governor of Windsor Castle who is the President of the Society.  This year we are celebrating 70th Anniversary of our patron, Her Majesty, the Queen. The highlight of the evening was, as always, a walk around the stunning Moat Garden.   Part of Moat Garden

Spice of Life; my new ebook

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    Had a lot of fun over the past two days cooking for my ebook photo shoot.  Spice of Life will go online in July and I cannot wait!  The book focuses on the health benefits of Indian spices complete with buying and storing guides and origins of each spice.  The book is totally vegetarian and is packed full of unusual recipes. Paneer (Indian cheese) with sweet peppers (pictured above) is a great example of fabulously flavoured dishes in … Read More

Pub in the Park by Tom Kerridge

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Fun time in Marlow at Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park event in May 2017.  Bubbly, barbecue, food and wine tasting, cookery demonstrations and music.  The sun shone, music played everyone got into the party mood with their favourite tipple in hand and danced the evening away!  The highlight of my evening was being able to chat to my food hero Raymond Blanc.  He was so very charming.

A foodie trip to Basel, Switzerland

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I had the most enjoyable foodie trip to Switzerland recently where I cooked for 62 guests at a private gathering.  The restaurant Johann by Jay is the brain child of chef patron Jay Kumar and he invited his best clients to come and savour the food produced by our joint efforts.  It was a fun event and everyone enjoyed my innovative menu.  Jay and his team were extremely helpful which made the event a great success.  It was such a … Read More

Cinnamon Bazaar, Maiden Lane, London WC2

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A recent visit to one of the top Indian restaurants in the UK was Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden, right in the heart of London’s theatre land.  Every dish I had was a joy; picture postcard presentation, taste, texture and aroma not to mention the unusual ingredients used are totally mind-blowing.  I had this watermelon chaat (pictured above) which was super healthy with pomegranate seeds and amaranth with the deeply delicious taste of date chutney and rich, crunchy roasted cashews … Read More

Working with EP Entrepreneurs

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EP ENTREPRENEURS EP works with and supports numerous entrepreneurs across the sector. At the most recent count – nearly 130. They are the innovators of the sector and their new ideas can add value across the whole hospitality industry. We are delighted to introduce Mridula Baljekar, founder of Mridula’s Kitchen and award winning author. EP asks Mridula about her journey… How did your company begin? What was your inspiration behind creating it? “Mridula’s Kitchen was born out of passion and … Read More

Taste of British Columbia

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I was invited to the Taste of British Columbia organised by the Government of British Columbia in association with High Commission of Canada at the Aveqia Centre, London EC4.  Taste of Canada showcased seafood, fresh produce, high end niche packaged goods and wines. This was a private event with around 125 professionals in the UK food and wine industry attending. Famous Vancouver chef Nathan Fong created and demonstrated various dishes throughout the afternoon, and we were able to sample these … Read More

Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society

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Great fun at the launch party of  the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society’s 2017 Summer Show.  This year’s Summer Show is on 15th July on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the celebrities attending  the launch party were Marke Tilling, the winner of Creme de la Creme Bake off 2016 and Master Chocolatier as well as Bill Buckley, presenter BBC radio Berkshire. Plenty of local artisan producers displayed their produce including chutneys from Mridula’s Kitchen.    

A VISIT TO JAMAVAR, MOUNT STREET, MAYFAIR, LONDON

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I had read about Chef Rohit Ghai and his fabulous creations of contemporary Indian dishes.   The unusual sounding name intrigued me as much as the images of the food I had seen.  Jamavar is named after a rare and exquisite 16th century shawl from Kashmir. Finally I made it to Jamavar with a friend, and upon entering the restaurant, which had a very pleasant and modern interior and soft lighting, a feature I love in any restaurant, I knew … Read More

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