What’s your favourite way to unwind at the weekend? Ours is to cook. I’ve spoken before about how we have Saturday Date Night, where we take it, in turn, to cook something delicious for each other.
I love nothing more than to flick through my recipe books during the week deciding on what to cook on Saturday when I will try to, faithfully, replicate it. Rob, on the other hand, is more of a fly by the seat of your pants kind of cook. He’ll look at a recipe and think that it can be adapted, possibly for the better.
We both go through phases with food, too. A couple of years ago I was all about Italian food and would love to cook recipes from an Antonio Carluccio book that my sister gave me at Christmas.
This year, however, I have been all about the spice. Actually, both of us have. Our most used cookbook this past year (actually, more like two years now I think of it!) has been Persiana by Sabrina Gayhour. Our house on a Saturday is more often than not filled with the rich, spicy and warming aroma of a tagine or some other glorious recipe from the book.
Recently, though, we have moved away from middle eastern cooking (just a temporary departure, I’m sure) and have taken our tastebuds on a trip to India. We are definitely going through a curry phase at the moment. At least once a month we go online to find an Indian takeaway to order from – we don’t often go out for meals in restaurants so ordering a takeaway is our idea of a treat.
But we do love to cook curries too – Rob especially does, and he will go full on with the curry, the rice, and the side dishes. He always seems to make a banquet with relative ease. Whereas if I tried to make several dishes at once the kitchen would look like a bomb had gone off in it, and I could probably be found crouched in the corner sobbing into a pot of tamarind paste. I will neither confirm nor deny that that has actually happened.
This Saturday just past I tried a new recipe – a lamb madras – that I found on the BBC Food website. It was my idea of cooking heaven – a joint of meat slow cooked in an array of spices until it was falling off the bone. It was a lovely dish to cook, and the finished product tasted utterly delicious. If you like a Madras then I highly recommend trying this recipe.
If you do try it then please let me know what you thought of it. And if you have any favourite Indian recipes that you make please feel free to send me the recipe as I would love to try them!
This post is written in collaboration with KUKD however, as always, all words and thoughts are my own.