Foodies’ passage to India

Foodies’ passage to India

ASHA’S Birmingham Price pp £31 Signature dish Chingri malai curry Traditional Awadhi cuisine — kebabs, biryanis — with a Punjabi accent. The financial-district venue is owned by the Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, who contributes recipes. Its cocktail list and lounge bar attract young professionals.

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Have fork, will travel

Have fork, will travel

Food festivals are the new rock’n’roll, and Ireland’s chefs are the new rock stars.” So says Avril Bannerton, self-confessed food evangelist and event director at Taste of Dublin, one of the gourmet festivals that will be vying with big music events such as Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit for our attention this summer.

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2016 is all about the bowl

2016 is all about the bowl

Goodbye, plates. Hello, bowls. If you want a little prediction for the year ahead prepare for small bowl takeover in 2016. It may not sound like much of a trend — goodbye, plates has more of a ring to it — but bowl food is where we are all heading.

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Don’t mention the ‘d’ word

Don’t mention the ‘d’ word

January is coming and soon it will be time for the annual diet. You know you will give it a try because you do it every year. The coming month of self-denial casts a shadow over festive celebrations as dank and gloomy as the hardy perennials of bad weather, travel chaos and unbearably crowded shops.

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Green party

Green party
Herbs have a long history in this country: after the Romans conquered Britain in the 1st century AD, they introduced formal, elaborate herb gardens as part of villa complexes. Later, during the medieval period, herbs were grown in church grounds across Britain and used for medicinal, healing purposes. Over time, they developed into a crucial flavourer of food in Britain (they’re celebrated in the traditional ballad Scarborough Fair, “Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme”), but after artificial flavourings came along in the 20th century, interest waned. Even when I was a kid, we were brought up to cook with dried herbs, other than occasionally finishing a dish with a little fresh curly parsley. …Read More

Don’t fancy doing the dinner tonight? Then hire a chef

Don’t fancy doing the dinner tonight? Then hire a chef

First, there was the restaurant, then came the takeaway and after that delivery, often on the back of a moped. Now a young French entrepreneur believes that he is leading the catering industry’s next leap forward by bringing the chef, even a Michelin star-standard chef, to your door.

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‘Some people say I’m not a chef at all’

‘Some people say I’m not a chef at all’

Inaki Aizpitarte hates food snobbery, white napkins and Michelin stars. Yet his Paris restaurant is fêted by France’s top critics. Stefanie Marsh meets the rebel French chef to find out why

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Cars are Culture

Cars are Culture
When you think of growing up, you probably think about where you lived, what school you attended, what your neighbourhood looked like. And you probably think about what car your parents drove and the places you visited in that car. Memories are made in cars. They don’t just get us from point A to point B: they are a statement of who we are, what we do, what we like, and where we are going in life. When we think about culture, we often forget about the cars we drive and the impact those cars have on our culture. You can trace the evolution of culture by looking back through the evolution of cars. Let’s look at how cars have shaped our culture.Read More