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The Medway Takeaway Part 1

18 Nov

Moving to a new area always raises difficult questions when ordering take-away. It takes time and a few mistakes before we establish where is good and where is not-so-good. After much Internet searching last night we ordered from Kashmir Indian and Bangladeshi Takeaway. They don’t deliver (as I found out the long way round) so we ordered through an online delivery service.
I used the opportunity to have some meat and ordered a Lamb Ceylon which is a medium-hot curry with black peppers, chilli and coconut sauce. Dan went for a traditional Prawn Madras.
On the side we ordered a Tarka Dall (lentils) and Sag Paneer (spinach with Indian cheese). I had a Peshwari (sweet nutty) Naan bread and Dan ordered a garlic Naan bread.

Clock wise from the bottom left: Lamb Ceylon, Sag Paneer, Onion Bhaji, Tarka Dall.
The Ceylon was tasty, slightly sweet and coconutty, but respectably hot. I would give it an 8/10, I would have liked it slightly hotter but it probably was ‘medium-hot’ as described. The Dall was particularly good, not too runny or greasy with a good earthy-hot taste. The Paneer in the sag was especially well done although I thought the sag itself could have done with more flavouring. The portions were slightly smaller than other take-aways, but still bigger than needed! They were not stingy with the meat nor the prawns so we felt we got more than our money’s worth. We also felt, that while this was in no way a low fat meal, they hadn’t used too much fat in any of the dishes.
Dan’s madras was good, he scored it 8.5/10 he got plenty of prawns and the sauce was better than he would expect from a madras and an appropriate level of heat.
Service was good, the restaurant called to say when they were delivering and gave us complimentary papadoms. Unfortunately they gave Dan a Peshwari, rather than Garlic Naan, which he didn’t like. Still we all make mistakes! And as long as they don’t do it again they are forgiven. He says he would still go back and we both give them 8/10 overall.
Pretty good for a gamble eh?


Life Without Bacon

22 Apr

Life without bacon is hard…

Don’t get me wrong… I DO eat bacon

I just can’t cook with it on accounts of D being a meat-free zone

This is much more disabling than you might imagine.  For example, many soups and stews use bacon to add a little flavour.

I am, therefore, always thinking of ways to adapt recipes.

I thought I would share this one with you as it looks like it’s becoming a staple in our house.

Kipper, Kale and Bean Soup 

This recipe came from the waitrose supermarket website i-phone app.  It originally contained bacon, not kippers and celery (D doesn’t do celery either).  I am increasingly discovering that kippers make a fairly good, cheap bacon substitute.  This soup proves my point.

This is supposed to feed four but we eat the lot between the two of us.  I think you might get away with two adults and two small children but otherwise I would double the quantities!


2 carrots

1 big leek

2 cloves garlic

1 tin of mixed beans/pulses

200g Kale

150g Kippers ( I buy the cheap boil-in-the-bag ones)

1 veg stock cube


cube the carrots and finely slice the leek and garlic.  Shallow fry untill soft.

Rinse the beans and add to the pan

add 1 litre of boiled water and the stock cube to the pan

Simmer for 10 min

Add Kale, simmer for 5 min

Chop kippers up into small strips

add to pot, simmer again for about 5, untill kale and kippers are cooked through

Serve with grated parmesan and crusty bread


destroy your waistline… and the healthiness of this meal by making cheese muffins to accompany!


These really make it  what I would call a ‘weekend’ rather than ‘weekday’ meal.  They are fab and so easy to make you can make them while the soup is cooking

It makes 12 so I always half the quantities as I don’t think they keep very well and there are only two of us!

2 cups plain flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp english mustard

black pepper

2 cups grated extra mature cheddar cheese

2 eggs

1 cup milk

(I’m using ‘cups’ as this was adapted from a basic american recipe. you need a special measuring cup or just measure up to  200 ml in a measuring jug)

Mix the dry  ingredients and grated cheese together,

Mix the wet ingredients together,

Mix the wet and the dry ingredients together…but don’t over-mix!

Spoon into greased muffin tray

Bake for 10-15 min at 200 C or until golden brown.

And there you have a perfectly healthy meal turned into a weekend treat…

Still… at least you ate some veg eh?!

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