Vegan Storm Bars

I wish I was someone who found the vegan or healthy option appealing, but I’m really not. Butter is King in my opinion and a life without it is a life not worth living. HOWEVER, these vegan tahini bars from No. 9 Cafe in Lunenburg were unbelievable. Cass and I sheltered there one morning whilst…

Mustafa’s Moroccan Mackerel

Hitch-hiking in Canada Oh, it is so nice to be blogging again. The reason for the long break is that I was hitch-hiking across Canada so didn’t have room for small luxuries as a laptop, or towel for that matter… But despite the lack of laptop, I still collected recipes and stories from the outrageously…

Leonard’s ‘Pate Chinois’, a Quebecois classic

Pate Chinois, or ‘Chinese pie’ is a classic French-Canadian dish, allegedly invented by the Chinese migrants when they came to build the railway in 1867. At the time, maize, potatoes and beef was all they could get their hands on. The dish was soon adopted by busy mother’s in rural Quebec who liked the dish…

Inside the world’s largest community kitchen

The langur (community kitchen) at the Golden Temple serves 50,000 free meals a day to everyone, regardless of religion or class. More than 5,000 happy volunteers work round the clock, cooking up a full meal of tea, rice, vegetable, daal, chapati and kheer (pudding). A whopping 18 quantals (=18,000 kg) of daal and 50 quantals…

How NOT to make Dal Baati Churma

Friends in Mumbai told me I had to try dal baati in Rajasthan. It’s a typical desert dish consisting of, you guessed it, dal, and baati, a very dense dough ball that has been baked in ‘the oven’ (I will later find out that this ‘oven’ is actually smouldering cow dung). This version of the…

How to make Poha, from the king of breakfasts

Hasmukh was the king of breakfasts. It was his responsibility to make them at Sapna Ranch and each morning there would be something different – bhelpuri (a type of chaat, made with puffed rice and tangy tamarind sauce), poha jada (thin beaten rice), poha patla (thick beaten rice), upma (savoury porridge made using semolina and…