Pakistani naan making in the AGA at Divertimenti, London for their 50 year anniversary celebrations

I was asked to contribute to celebrate 50 years of the institution known as Divertimenti (where I am honoured to be a teacher too!), part of this has been to celebrate the diversity of food in London, their aim was to cover 50 cuisines in London – I shared my Naan recipe made in the… 

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Whole Garam Masala Smoked Haddock Kedgeree, taking home an age old recipe

Kedgeree – A dish I vaguely heard about while growing up in Pakistan, a British dish created  and inspired from their time in India, I was briefly told. A rice main course made with fish and enlivened by the use of the generic curry powder did not appeal to my rather refined spiced taste buds…. 

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East meets West: Guest Post by The Foodies Larder

My mission has always been to explore all the varied influences on Pakistani cuisine and I have always been intrigued by the Arabian flavours in my cuisine. This lead me to research more into how Arab invasion has left a culinary foot print where ever they have passed though. Much as to do with the… 

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Walnut, cardamom and rosebud kulfi served on Himalayan Salt blocks

 Pale pink Himalayan salt blocks mined from my native Pakistan are not only visually ethereal but also wonderfully versatile. Stunning for presentation of raw ingredient, food can also be either cooked on it when the block is heated or served cold, under a chilled block, (by chilling the block for up to 30 minutes in… 

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Himalayan Pink Salt from Pakistan, my memories of it & my interview for Cocoa Hernando

Recently I met Paul from Cocoa Hernando at a book launch party – seeing his wonderful collection of world flavoured chocolates, what drew me in what his Himalayan Pink Diamond Milk chocolate – now I am a dark chocolate fan, but anything that boasts the star ingredient being Pakistani, has my attention. Growing up with… 

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Khichri, buttery lentil and rice – Comfort for the soul

On occasion I come before a mountain I can not climb, a slump I can’t get out of. I can push ideas around yet not get off the floor with that lack of inspiration. I feel that more often with my words. I have so many in my head but sometimes I see nothing but… 

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