Indonesian Chicken Satay

By Emma

Our favourite of all the different Balinese dishes was the familar, but different, peanut satay sauce.  Happiness in dipping!

We were too busy eating it to take a picture of it so here’s a picture of a gargolye (makes perfect sense really).

 

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Firni – a rice pudding cure in Kolkata

By Emma.

While Damien drifted in and out of a fever in Kolkata, I generally just flapped about on a treasure hunt for paracetemol, cold drinks and something he could eat. I hit the jackpot when I stumbled across this chime of Normandy, a Teurgoule in Indian guise. Here is a recipe I really like from the beautiful blog, The Tiffin Box.

Ingredients

170 g basmati rice

710 ml whole milk

237 ml cream

56 g sugar

1 pod cardamom (I’m abit wary of cardamom so for me less is more. The original recipe asks for 2 pods), seeds removed and crushed lightly

A generous pinch of saffron

A handful of unsalted pistachios, shelled and chopped roughly

Method:

1. Put the rice in a food processor or blender, and whirl until coarsely powdered.

2. Place the powdered rice in a heavy pot, then add the milk and crushed cardamom seeds.

3. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for about 10 – 12 minutes, stirring ocasionally, until the rice is tender and cooked. For some texture, slightly undercook the rice.

4. Add the cream and the sugar, and stir. Add the saffron. Bring the heat back up to medium, and cook until the pudding is thick and creamy.

5. This dessert can be served warm or cold. If serving cold, pour into small bowls and chill in the fridge until set.

6. Serve with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios on top.

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Mmmm Mumbai-inspired Chocolate Brownies

By Emma.

While we were in Mumbai, we wandered into the legendary Theobroma bakery. Aaargh actually we wandered in more than once and then took away some more brownies for train snacks (the sooner these Nepal treks start the better!!). Their chocolate brownies are so incredible that they inspired my hunt for the perfect chocolate brownie recipe and I think I might have found it thanks to this website. Worth the migraine!

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Mumbai-inspired Dark Chocolate Brownies with Chocolate Ganache

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Goa: a bathtub sea, momentary displacement and summertime drinks

By Emma. Cliquez ici pour l’article de Damien. Click here for photos of there.

Hmm Goa. I found Goa to be a funny kind of place. It’s beautiful. Really beautiful. The sea is bath tub warm, the sand is golden and freckled with tiny multicoloured stones and the sounds of the waves is irregularly punctuated by the dull thud of falling coconuts, the curious result of barefoot locals shimmying up the curving palms to defuse the potential booby traps.

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Fort Cochin – beautiful ugly … and a cookery class

By Emma. Pour l’article de Damien, cliquez ici. For photos of there, click here.

Desolate, ugly and, somehow, impossibly charming – such a strange description to fit a strange place, a place I really liked. The razor wire, the bizarre (and frightening) military billboard screaming the slogan “Hit First. Hit Hard. Keep Hitting”, the small piles of burning rubbish, the tankers and horizon-squatting plant, the theme tune to The Smoggies on mental repeat, the fluorescent candy floss, the animal bins and vintage ice-cream stalls, the Balaclaved babies in the balmy 30° evenings, shy affection behind parasols, hand-holding and twilight wanderings, Chinese fishing nets and seafood auctions, spirograph merchants and laughter  – hands down the seafront promenade in Fort Cochin is one of the ugliest I’ve ever seen. Everything seems out of sync, out of place – families and lovers stroll eating ice-creams against a backdrop of what looks like a post-apocalyptic world. It feels surreal. Fort Cochin manages to be both technicolour and black and white. I should hate it but I don’t, I can’t. I actually think it’s pretty wonderful.

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Seeni Sambol Breakfast Buns

By Emma.

Mmm seeni sambol breakfast buns. I find myself dreaming about them, craving them. A little odd maybe? Probably! I’m wandering my way through Tamil Nadu in South India at the moment and breakfast so far has been breaking my heart. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love coriander curry but a curry feast at 7am is a struggle. I find myself looking sadly at fermented rice idlis and fondly dreaming of Sri Lanka’s seeni sambol breakfast buns. Sweet and spicey, these buns are wonderful!

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