Meera Sodha’s summer specials at the Thali Cafe, Bristol

meera sodha thali cafe (3)Thali Cafe is the kind of place I want to be my local. My Indian restaurant for any occasion  – a quick masala chai before work, a spicy lunch to jumpstart your afternoon or a fine evening out with great company.

Until they come to Cambridge (they’re based in Bristol) we’ll just have to keep finding excuses to visit the South West, which is no bad thing! We were on our way to Bath last week so decided to stop for lunch at the Clifton cafe. Our visit was especially timely as one of my favourite Indian food writers Meera Sodha has recently collaborated with Thali Cafe on some mouthwatering summer specials. (more…)

Sunday supper #1

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Let’s start something new here shall we? A few treats on a Sunday evening to help stave off the Sunday blues and give you some inspiration for Monday and beyond. I share 5 lovely things on a Friday too, you should sign up!

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Old-fashioned lemon drizzle cake

lemondrizzleThe more lemony the better. That is my motto for lemon drizzle cake. More lemons equals maximum flavour and maybe more health benefits from all that Vitamin C? Let’s go with that.

This cake uses lots of juice from two really big lemons, and you’ll get nearly half a cereal bowl full to drown your cake in. It may seem like a lot, but cake is a sponge after all – it will gladly suck up that flavour without going soggy.  (more…)

Warm dill potato salad

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I didn’t know what a serious business potato salad was until I met my husband. He’s part German, so potato salad is a permanent fixture at barbecues and buffets, as well as on Christmas Eve when we celebrate German-style Christmas. His family version is made with mayo, spring onions, chopped boiled egg and peeled, boiled potatoes. Over the years I’ve generally stuck to that recipe, but as you may know by now, I can’t resist experimenting. This is where this recipe comes in! (more…)

Wild garlic naan

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I admit it, I’ve fallen for the wild garlic hype. Probably because like ingredients that are fleeting, it makes them seem a little bit more special or interesting. I’ve not yet bought my first punnet of strawberries or bunch of asparagus but I’m looking forward to this year’s first taste as I do each and every year. The same goes for wild garlic, and even more so as you have to go and hunt for it, well sometimes. (more…)

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