Author Archive | Andy Munro

Balti or Pie?

The much heralded book about British Food  ‘Pie Fidelity‘ is out this week and after picking my way through pie and peas, fish and chips and cream teas, I found a chapter on British style curry. However, even better, the author Pete Brown acknowleged the Balti specifically and, even better he mentioned Al Frash one […]

Continue Reading 0

These are a few of our favourite (culinary) things!

Most things in the Sun newspaper should normally be taken with a pinch of salt particularly when the source is unattributed. However, it was interesting to see that the Birmingham Balti was rated fifth amongst a top ten of regional dishes … below Bakewell Tarts but above Lancashire Hotpot!  It should also be noted that our […]

Continue Reading 0

The Benefit of a Balti

Every Brummie knows that their much loved local dish was created in Birmingham and that the real thing is fast cooked in vegetable oil over a high flame and served up in the same pressed steel dish (a sort of flat bottomed wok) in which it is cooked. Now further research commissioned in the Jewellery Quarter […]

Continue Reading 0

Buryani Wrap Gets The Wrap!

Maunika Gowardhan M and S were recently in the news as top Indian chef, Maunika Gowardhan of ‘Indian Kitchen’ fame went into a chilli hot rage. This was over the temerity of M and S to market their new ‘Biryani Wrap’ and Chef Gowardhan (and a few more besides) accused them of cultural appropriation.  Now […]

Continue Reading 0

Eating All The Pies!

A Balti Pie at St Andrews courtesy of the BCFC Pie Eaters Union Apparently, we’ve just had National Pie Day and the Beeb asked the question to its footie followers about their favourite match day pie. Whilst no doubt a vegan pie from Forest Green FC might be up there in these culinary correct times, […]

Continue Reading 0

Best Balti Bar None?

Over Xmas, I’ve been catching up on books from foodie celebs waxing lyrical about certain dishes which set me thinking about the perfect Balti. So using the sum total of some of my favourite restaurants (they all have their strengths and weaknesses) I’ve set out my perfect balti meal …. Poppadoms are the intro, free of […]

Continue Reading 0

Where it all began!

Dropped into Adil’s recently to see how they were doing using their new Birmingham made balti bowls. Birmingham Balti Bowl As I entered  a couple of customers were saying to the Manager, how much they had enjoyed their baltis which was a good sign before I tucked into my chicken and mushroom balti … a […]

Continue Reading 0

Still a Balti Triangle

There’s been a bit of adverse publicity recently about the changes to the Triangle since the halcyon days of the dish in the eighties and nineties. However, not only will it always be the home and place where the iconic dish was created, it still has some of the best genuine baltihouses around, as a […]

Continue Reading 0

Hot Chocolate?

On a recent visit to France, I picked up a ‘Bengali Curry’ chocolate bar..a concoction which included white chocolate, chilli, pineapple and spices. There was an audible ‘Ugh!’ when my wife wouldn’t touch it but surprisingly it was quite tasty. However, it’s a bit of a weird concept but who knows there might be a […]

Continue Reading 0