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messageTime to start cooking
Posted by DulwichFox March 26, 09:03AM

Hi All

Many of us are stuck at home Self-Isolating.
Maybe you are getting out to buy food but of course fresh food goes off if you do not use it.
So what about making some meals that you can make in bulk and freeze.

I have been following this guy for many months. He is called Al and his site is Al's Kitchen.
He has Dozens of Youtube Videos on how to make Authentic Restaurant Quality Indian Food.

Here is his Video on Indian Base Gravy. Once made you can add it to ANY Curry that you might make.



Hope you enjoy and try this recipe and follow Al and try some of his wonderful recipes.

DulwichFox

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by Seabag March 26, 05:57PM

Well done Foxy

Iíve just started to learn how to make sourdough bread. Iím currently making the ĎMotherí starter. Itís something Iíve always wanted to do.

If youíre on Instagram then follow @brickhousebread
[instagram.com]

The curry vid you posted looks 👍🏽

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by DulwichFox March 26, 06:32PM

Seabag Wrote:
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> Well done Foxy
>
> Iíve just started to learn how to make sourdough
> bread. Iím currently making the ĎMotherí starter.
> Itís something Iíve always wanted to do.
>
> If youíre on Instagram then follow
> @brickhousebread
> [instagram.com]
> lgqbvpgv
>
> The curry vid you posted looks 👍🏽

I have made a sourdough Starter before but my bread making is not too good. Just cannot get it right.
I always end up with a loaf that does not rise in the oven with a hard crust and wet soggy loaf inside.

I have a Instagram account and follow @brickhousebread

I am still trying to get my head around Instgram

Foxy.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by mancity68 March 26, 08:58PM

Perfect. I am going to a virtual curry club next week so great ideas there for my meal.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by diable rouge March 26, 10:12PM

Lots of counting the pennies recipes here... [cookingonabootstrap.com]

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by KidKruger March 26, 10:21PM

Foxy, good post.
I also cook curry a lot and recently found this decent recipe for life-like madras, including base gravy recipe.
I agree cooking batches is an efficient way to operate and recommend this recipe.
(dunno how to embed links, so just grab it and paste it).
[youtu.be]

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by DulwichFox March 26, 10:48PM

Hi KK.

Embeding is really easy.
Just Right click on Youtube Vid and Copy embed code
then paste in EDF

Have a good one..

Foxy

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by se22cat March 27, 12:15AM

It's sunny, but still chilly, the perfect warming dish is Japanese curry rice, if you luck out & find some vegetables for sale! You can get the roux from The Rice Wine Shop [cheapest] or even from Amazon. Here's how to make this easily adaptable & highly addictive meal

[www.youtube.com]

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by holloway March 27, 11:55AM

Heartily recommend this recipe...
[www.jamieoliver.com]

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by fishbiscuits March 27, 12:06PM

se22cat Wrote:
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> You can get the roux from The Rice Wine Shop or even from Amazon.

Yes we sometimes get those blocks of Japanese curry sauce. But they're quite expensive, and it's easy to make from scratch.. butter, flour, spices.. that's about it.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by seenbeen March 29, 06:54PM

There are 4 adults in my house. 2 vegetarians, one with IBD, and one other. Everyone was on a different timetable, in and out of the house- eating at different times- until the lockdown. It's an utter nightmare now. Added to which we have to put up with constant builders' noise from next door as we are not allowed to escape for long.
I have been bulk cooking potatoes so that they can add whatever they want to them

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by malumbu March 29, 11:52PM

I make a better curry than the ubiquitous/formulaic UK curry house - the basic sauce comes in large bags of dried ingredients. I can't compete with the Babur as they have gone into another food dimension. Now is the chance to experiment and you will find most of the spices that you want in Khans in Peckham or SMBS foods, obviously go there to to a proper shop rather than just buy one ingredient. I'm not beyond finding things on line and Rick Stein's kidney bean curry is a good one. Learned on his travels in India.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by fishbiscuits March 30, 12:03PM

malumbu Wrote:
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> I make a better curry than the ubiquitous/formulaic UK curry house

Well yes, I'd like to think that I do too. I am fairly experimental with curries, and like adding different things into the paste mix... roasted onions, chillies, ginger and garlic are always there in the blender in various quantities. Plus various roasted and ground spices. Then maybe tomato puree and a glug of vinegar, or maybe maybe some coconut milk and a handful of cashew nuts, or maybe even some mango or papaya with a bit of tamarind and brown sugar. Before cooking out the paste.

But unfortunately while some people seem to be finding themselves with lots of free time these days, I seem to be suffering from the opposite. I spend much of the day looking after my daughter, and trying to provide some semblance of education and entertainment. I've been spending the evenings catching up with work, and the thought of spending the time making a curry from scratch... at the moment, it's in the realms of fantasy. Dulwich Tandoori is still delivering, and is probably my favourite of the various old-school local curry places.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by GrayFox March 30, 12:22PM

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> I make a better curry than the
> ubiquitous/formulaic UK curry house - the basic
> sauce comes in large bags of dried ingredients. I
> can't compete with the Babur as they have gone
> into another food dimension. Now is the chance to
> experiment and you will find most of the spices
> that you want in Khans in Peckham or SMBS foods,
> obviously go there to to a proper shop rather than
> just buy one ingredient. I'm not beyond finding
> things on line and Rick Stein's kidney bean curry
> is a good one. Learned on his travels in India.

I love curry. Actually, I love the crispy and spicy stuff, though all my attempts to make chilly or anything similar to Indian cuisine are failing. Though thanks to this self-isolating I have enough time to practice my cooking skills. That's the best I can do instead of watching Netflix.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by Sue March 30, 07:11PM

I've posted this on another thread, but it's deffo worth posting here as well.

Do watch if you haven't seen it (you have to wait a bit and then click on "skip the ads".

Cooking with Paris big grin

[youtu.be]

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by mancity68 March 30, 08:17PM

A half way house between cooking from scratch and a takeaway are the fab spice boxes from places like Khans. Just made a gorgeous chana masala and a lovely veggie one last week.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by malumbu March 30, 10:14PM

Sounds pretty good to me, adventurous but still fairly simple. Think you could bulk this up and it will only improve with time. Not eating meet most of the veggy curries purchased in restaurants and supermarkets are gloopy and bland. I've also been across India and Sri Lanka and experienced some of the regional variations. Sorry I'm sounding rather pretentious. Anyway hope I have encouraged others to try. I'll also be steeling some of the suggested ingredients below.
>
> Well yes, I'd like to think that I do too. I am
> fairly experimental with curries, and like adding
> different things into the paste mix... roasted
> onions, chillies, ginger and garlic are always
> there in the blender in various quantities. Plus
> various roasted and ground spices. Then maybe
> tomato puree and a glug of vinegar, or maybe maybe
> some coconut milk and a handful of cashew nuts, or
> maybe even some mango or papaya with a bit of
> tamarind and brown sugar. Before cooking out the
> paste.
>

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by KidKruger March 31, 02:32PM

I don't think it was a competition, it was just chewing the fat on a couple of try-at-home recipes. We can all cook better curries than standard high st versions (let's face it, it's pretty easy), but sometimes a bit of curry house comfort food is desired. For me it's that madras.
Last time I mentioned non-high st / authentic curries on here I got called pretentious - warning, so you may be next !


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malumbu Wrote:
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> I make a better curry than the
> ubiquitous/formulaic UK curry house - the basic
> sauce comes in large bags of dried ingredients.

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Posted by lilly123 March 31, 04:28PM

My homemade chicken kormas, ready to freeze.

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messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by KidKruger March 31, 04:52PM

They look good lily - and I hate korma !!

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by fishbiscuits March 31, 07:40PM

KidKruger Wrote:
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> but sometimes a bit of curry house comfort food is desired.

Never a truer word spoken.

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by malumbu April 04, 12:44PM

Are others going through there cupboards to see what is in there? A number of packet sources which came with various Mexican or curry kits. Don't care if they are past their sell by date as long as they haven't been opened. I've got a mystery one with no writing or instructions on it, smells spicy but sniffing it made me sneeze which is not a good thing. I'm going to mix this with water and casserole something with it.

I did find a Ainsley Harriott dal mix which I felt inclined to use. It was horrid so I do have my limits on using old stock.

But worryingly I did find some tinned pineapple. I haven't had tinned fruit since the 80s and it takes me back to the decade before when we used to have tinned peaches or mandarin oranges in evaporated milk. It was seen to be very modern - interestingly in a family that also baked and preserved fruit so there were also positives. Not sure where the pineapple came from and worried that someone in the household is stockpiling. I'll be looking for secret stashes of tinned fruit salad. For younger readers this says more:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7wC3Log-vA

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by siousxiesue April 04, 01:11PM

malumbu Wrote:
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> Are others going through there cupboards to see
> what is in there? A number of packet sources
> which came with various Mexican or curry kits.
> Don't care if they are past their sell by date as
> long as they haven't been opened. I've got a
> mystery one with no writing or instructions on it,
> smells spicy but sniffing it made me sneeze which
> is not a good thing. I'm going to mix this with
> water and casserole something with it.
>
> I did find a Ainsley Harriott dal mix which I felt
> inclined to use. It was horrid so I do have my
> limits on using old stock.
>
> But worryingly I did find some tinned pineapple. I
> haven't had tinned fruit since the 80s and it
> takes me back to the decade before when we used to
> have tinned peaches or mandarin oranges in
> evaporated milk. It was seen to be very modern -
> interestingly in a family that also baked and
> preserved fruit so there were also positives. Not
> sure where the pineapple came from and worried
> that someone in the household is stockpiling.
> I'll be looking for secret stashes of tinned fruit
> salad. For younger readers this says more:
>
> www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7wC3Log-vA


Roast the pineapple, should be lovely caramelised. I'm never bothered by the right or wrong combinations of food, leading me to just finish lunch which was roasted cauliflower with homemade hummus!

I've got rice left as my carb, but not much to go with it. (nothing in fact) Maybe I'll fast tonight and hope my Covent Garden veg box comes soon!

messageRe: Time to start cooking
Posted by malumbu April 04, 01:49PM

Thanks - pineapple is most versatile and it wont go to waste.

Full link to tinned fruit

[www.youtube.com]


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