Thursday, 3 July 2014

Shaz comes to visit and dal for tea

My way of making Dal...

Chop an onion or two into small pieces - as near to dicing them as you can - pop this in a pan with some olive oil and fry gently so the onion goes soft and translucent.

Meantime in a pestle and mortar crush 3 garlic cloves with salt and pepper and then add your spices - I used - fenugreek, fennel seeds, caraway seeds, coriander, cumin, hot madras curry powder, tandoori spice and turmeric. I also added a splash of olive oil and a glop of sweet chilli sauce to make a paste.

Add this paste to your onion mix and fry gently, releasing the fantastic spice mix and building the base for your dal.

To this add your lentils - I use red lentils as they break down easily - but you can you yellow, or the yellow split pea type. stir them through your mixture to coat them in the spice mix.

Add boiling water from the kettle - you will need to keep topping this up as your lentils plump out and absorb the water.

This might not be strictly authentic, but I also crumble in two veg stock cubes at this point - it give a good steady base not to the dish and a more rounded taste.

Finally and right at the end I added a big spoonful of creme fraiche, you could also add cream or butter or yoghurt. It's just to round it out and give it a creamy finish.

Serve with Roti - the recipe I use is from the River Cottage Bread Handbook which can be found here....

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

And finally....

No, not Wimbledon, I don't really watch tennis.

The Tour de France is due to arrive in the Calder Valley with imminent effect.

With the whole area in lockdown we will be enjoying what there is to be had locally - that is to say, the two counties market with late night opening on Friday, the fireworks in the park on Saturday and the Second stage grand depart on the big screen in Bramsche square - though we might just draw the line at staying to watch Frozen!

Not only but also...

Something else has been going on too - Glastonbury took over our screens and I enjoyed following it via family days tried and tested who I follow on facebook - they took their brood of kids for the adventure and allowed us to tag along for the ride with photographs a plenty. None of which I have stolen - the images below are in fact from The Huffington Post

It's been nine years since I last went to Worthy Farm with Jon, and although part of me will always twinge with nostalgia for wonderful times had the four occasions I went - I don't long for the festival like I used to, rather, enjoying it from afar, vicariously avoiding the mud. 

Slight Hiatus - mainly about football

What's been happening..well, for us, not so very much. We've all been a bit buggy and had upset tummies so there has been little in the way of adventures afar. Around us, there has been much.

The world cup is in full swing and we have all enjoyed watching as many matches as possible. My particular favourite have been this tournament's surprise - USA. Who sadly exited last night after extra time against Belgium. They've been great to watch and I think their last match has to be pegged as the best of the Cup so far. Their goalkeeper was especially fabulous and I'm sure if it had gone to penalties he would have been the hero. Jurgen Klinsmann the legendary German player - who I remember vividly in the winning team of Italia 90 - and saw playing for Spurs a long long time ago on a trip to White Hart Lane with my brother - has really got something going with this team and even in extra time never stopped attacking, running, chasing. Their stamina and fitness was quite astonishing and I look forward to seeing more of them in the international arena.

And what of England? We exited having not made it out of the group stage and despite not playing badly - there were real moments of flair from the younger brigade  - we didn't shine and when a flick on header from Gerrard put Suarez through for the second goal against Uruguay, I actually felt pretty sorry for us, Steven Gerrard in particular as this must surely be his last bow on the big international stage. I hope they keep Roy Hodgson, as I do think he makes a good manager, and maybe, just maybe, we might come again in the Euros.

That wasn't where the news ended for Suarez, in the next game against Italy, seemingly unprovoked and out of nowhere, he let his teeth do the talking for the third time in his career and tried to take a lump out of Chiellini. The outpouring of horror and anger at what happened was vast, the result was inevitable, banned, not only for the World Cup but for Club too - the team in question being ours, Liverpool. Whether he is still with us for the start of the season remains to be seen - his appetite for flesh seems not to have put off some of the big clubs sniffing around. I can't argue with his talent for goalscoring, but i've never felt easy about his personal record.

Who will go on to win the ultimate prize? Brazil have to contenders, not least due to their being on home ground, but I also fancy the Colombians - and it would be churlish to discount the cream of Europe...Germany, France and Holland. Watch this space.

Monday, 23 June 2014