Cooking, eating and travelling my way through 2013

What a brilliant year indeed!

2013 has most definitely been the year of eating my way through the globe. Ok slight exaggeration there… not quite global but a good few cities to boot with some fantastic food, exploring the communities and ways of living amongst the locals and cooking Indian curries to share my recipes with Indian food lovers that can make part of their repertoire. There are so many highlights to choose from but here’s some that I will always remember fondly not just for the hospitality and vibe they offered but for the culinary delights that are definitely worth a try.

Travelling to Mauritius and eating my way through street food, local seafood markets and also sampling some of the best Indian cuisine I have eaten in 2013 at Atul Kochhar’s restaurant in St. Regis Mauritius. ‘Simply India’ served up a phenomenal menu of 9 satiating courses with the finest ingredients, spices and an outstanding regional Indian fare.

Cooking at Jamie’s cook school Recipease in London has been a high for me. I launched the Indian street food cookery class at all the branches. With some of the best Indian eats on offer for those attending to learn how we Indians really do relish our street food. Chutneys, snacks including bread pakoda, curries, rotis and naan were all on offer. Check out the Recipease website for more information.

Indian Supper Club at Cafe 21 in Newcastle upon Tyne with chefs Helen and Martin; the duo that made it a breeze to cook for 45 people with 7 courses for one night only. The menu was one of my favourites including tandoori quails, parsi chutney nu margi (cooked with green mango) and rose flavoured falooda to finish the meal.

Cooking at Studio Fifteen in Mumbai serving up some of my all time favourite Indian dishes to a group of bombayites who not just know their Indian ‘desi’ khaana but also relish it! Empty plates, heaps of praise but the best part was most definitely sharing those curries over some fantastic conversations.

I also spent some time in Mumbai and Rajasthan travelling to explore flavours, spices and find out more about local regional food. That did mean eating 2 lunches and 2 dinners on some days but then I certainly wasn’t complaining! Lots more pictures on my Facebook page

Here’s to a food filled 2014 and making it count in every which way; to contribute, learn, cook & share much more. Exciting times ahead indeed!

Happy New Year! x