INDIA TOUR 2017

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I arrived in New Delhi, the capital city of India on July 18th to a 33 degrees heat and bright sunshine.  After a few hours rest in an air-conditioned room I took my next flight to Guwahati Assam, another city of sizzling heat!  However, once you are indoor you do not feel the heat as 90% of the homes, restaurants and shops are air-conditioned. So far I have had wonderful foodie experiences about which I will report in a few … Read More

ROYAL WINDSOR ROSE AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

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Tomorrow,15th July 2017, the 112th Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society’s annual summer show will kick off on the grounds of Windsor Castle.  A worthy charity, of which Her Majesty, the Queen is the patron,  attracts hundreds of visitors visitors every year.  There is fun for all age groups; cookery demonstrations, cake making competitions,  chutney, jam and jelly competitions and more.  Plenty of food and drink to enjoy!   I always judge the home-made chutneys, jams and jellies which is … Read More

MBE for Indian restaurant owner and charity worker Tommy Miah

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Tommy Miah, the Edinburgh restaurateur and organiser of International Indian Chef of the Year competition was honoured  by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2017.  I have known Tommy for a number of years and am a judge at the above competition.  He works tirelessly to support the poor and needy in his homeland and has contributed hugely to the Indian food industry in the UK.. There was a lunch at the Spice of India Restaurant in Twickenham this afternoon … Read More

Research trip to India

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I am looking forward to my research trip to India next week.  I will be looking for new ideas on street food as I am planning to open a street food cafe in the Autumn this year.  I will be visiting Delhi in the north, Calcutta in t he east and Assam,  in the north east of India.  The rich resources of Assam and its unusual, healthy recipes have not been explored and I wish to bring this rich state … Read More

Guild of Food Writers Annual Awards Ceremony 2017

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The 2017 GFW awards ceremony is one of the best I have attended in recent years.  Wonderful  venue (The Oval), free flowing cocktails, wines and soft drinks,  and very generous and varied number of canapes. Wines from Lebanon was quite an eye opener.  Domaine des Tourelles is apparently one of the finest boutique wineries in the Middle East.  It was founded by Frenchman Francois-Eugene Brun and wines from this region is today exported to 15 countries  around the world. The … Read More

The Guild of Food Writers Annual Awards Party

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Truffle arancini and Norwegian salt cod and pepper bake (featured image) The Guild of Food Writers (GFW) is a prestigious British organisations where one finds renowned food writers, food journalists, radio and TV presenters and many more talents across the food industry. The annual awards party, where the Guild recognises talents from all the above fields is a very popular and well-attended event.  This year (2017) it took place at The Oval in London and it was generously sponsored by … Read More

Cool Drinks for Summer

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With the heatwave upon us I thought now would be a great time to give out my recipe for a nice cool summer drink. This is a pure and simple delight, both visually and to the palate. It is sweet with a slight sour undertone and has a delicate bouquet. The skin should be a rich red because only these will contain the beautiful ruby-red, juicy seeds inside. The seeds are ideal as a garnish for fruit salads and pilau … Read More

Windsor Business Club Lunch

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Susann Laughton of Comxo and Paul Roach, Windsor Town Centre Manager A very peasant lunchtime get together at the Harte and Garter Hotel on 13th June 2017 where local business people mingled and exchanged ideas and views on existing and new business in Windsor.  There was a business card raffle and locals generously donated great prizes.  I am pleased to have contributed by book, Curry which was won by Lorraine Sellwood of Wealth Management, Marlow. Such events are a brilliant … Read More

Mridula’s Kitchen Videos on YouTube

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  The first of 6 shows of my YouTube videos on health benefits of spices is live NOW.  Look out for subsequent videos from the week commencing 19th June. Each spice will be dealt with with explanation of how they benefit you. Below is an example of what’s coming! The book Spice of Life to accompany the series will be out in August where you will be able to explore more healthy and tasty dishes.            … Read More

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