Review: Halal Food Festival

Food shows are big business at the moment, whatever culture or religion you are, and the UK’s first Halal Food Festival tapped into that zeitgeist. Held over three days in an exhibition space in the ExCeL in east London, the festival brought together artisan producers, celebrity chefs and foodies (nicknamed ‘haloodies’). I headed down for…

Food review: Rustic Indian curry sauces

Being of Pakistani origin, I’ve made one or two curries in my life.  Some of the recipes I use are ones my mother taught me, others are from the “add a little of this and a little of that and see what happens” school of cooking. Whichever method I choose, my curries generally tend to take…

Recipe: Roasted butternut squash soup

A few days ago I acquired a copy of Mary McCartney’s Food, and a combination of the cold weather we’ve been having and the fact that butternut squash was on offer in my local supermarket made me decide to make her roasted butternut squash and rosemary soup. I knew I didn’t have rosemary at home,…

Recipe: Spicy prawn and tomato curry

I’ve never made a prawn curry before, and my first attempt turned out pretty well, thanks to the great recipe I used by Meena Pathak – who with her husband set up the Patak’s brand of curry sauces. I used a recipe from Pathak’s book Flavours of India, which was published in 2002, but it’s…

Cooking with Sarah: Mexican-style soup

This soup is really easy to make and is great as a light lunch, starter or even a main meal if served with bread and salad. It’s got a kick to it, so make sure to have a glass of milk nearby if you’re not so good with hot dishes. This recipe makes enough for…

Baking with Sarah(!): Chocolate biscuits, fudge and cupcakes

Yes, I know not all the things I’ve spent today making are baked, but just go with the title. Here are the recipes I used. FudgeThis is, hands down, the easiest sweet dish I’ve ever made (excluding scooping ice cream out of a tub etc).1. Put 400g of chocolate (milk or dark) in a non-stick…