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 […]

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The Sunday Times recently featured their food critics’ best 100 places to eat. One of those critics was Giles Conran who in the past has made some very disparaging remarks about Birmingham which would make Jeremy Clarkson seem like the City’s no 1 fan. Predictably no Birmingham restaurants featured although one of his recommendations was […]

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Sloppy Joe

Joe Wicks seems to be a current housewife’s heart throb so it was really no surprise when he appeared on Eamon Holmes ‘This Morning’. As keeping fit and healthy eating are his thing, it was no surprise that he was seen to cook a healthy curry with a fine set of tasty ingredients. What a […]

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Curry or Slurry?

Master Chef star presenter Greg Wallace’s  ‘Inside the Factory’ TV series recently featured curry. He went behind the scenes of a factory who produce jars of curry sauce for leading brands. The end result appeared to be a vatful of highly coloured glutinous curry sauce which looked like it could glow in the dark. Of […]

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BBC Balti Baloney

Many years ago the BBC (and particularly Radio 4) could be relied upon to do their research thoroughly and provide accurate and objective reporting. Unfortunately last week’s Radio 4 Food Programme report is anything to go by, those days are long gone. Under the heading ‘Birmingham’s  Beloved Balti’ their reporter Yasmin Khan proceeded to angle her report […]

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Bygone Baltis

In the heart of the Balti Triangle was a popular restaurant called Sher Khan and, as the photo shows, it is now in the act of disappearing having remained derelict for a number of years. One of the slightly ‘posher’ baltihouses, it used to be opposite another longstanding favourite, the ‘Grand Tandoori’. It was famous […]

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I recently paid a return visit to one of the Balti Triangle’s top exponents of a ‘proper’ balti, the Shahi Nan on Stratford Road. Always offering excellent food and friendly service, if I had one grumble, it would be that following a refurbishment  a few years ago, dining in the restaurant was like having a […]

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The Naany State

Recent reports in the paper suggest that the Government are on the cusp of introducing new legislation to make food manufacturers, takeaways and restaurants declare the calorific value of their food. Whilst to some extent that might be helpful on sweet and chocolate packaging maybe things are going too far. Firstly, will it make any […]

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Paella Punked and Balti Blagged!

There was a recent article in the Guardian lamenting the lack of availability of ‘real’ paella and the growth of pretenders purporting to be the real thing. It struck me that there is a striking similarity to the position on authentic balti not least because paella takes its name from the cooking pan which is […]

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Sauce of concern?

A recent Spanish medical study of around a thousand women suggested that the  women who ate meals made with pre prepared sauces were three times more likely to develop the most aggressive form of breast cancer. In addition forty per cent were more likely to be affected by any form of breast cancer. Now , […]

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