Spanish lamb stew. A lighter stew. A stew for spring and summer. Winter is about beef and red wine. Summer is about lamb and white wine. Everything in balance Everything in season.
These are those meatballs and this is that marinara sauce. The one from the fabled little restaurant in Harlem. The restaurant nobody can get a table at. And the ingredient list is exactly the same. There are a couple twists to help it all come together though. Spaghetti and meatballs deconstructed.
Indian restaurant chicken jalfrezi. Big, big flavours. It’s near the top of the list of favourite curries in the UK. It’s a bit different too. Kind of a Chinese thing going on with the large chunks of stir-fried onion and green pepper. Has a bit of a smoky taste. It’s medium hot unless you eat one of the signature big pieces of chili. Then it’s a hot curry. Definitely hot. But really, really tasty. You can even make a vegan version with paneer instead of chicken.
I don’t understand store bought roast beef sandwich meat. It’s expensive. It has a funny texture. It’s not very good at all. I’m just not a fan. If you’re looking for a better roast beef sandwich, have an oven, an instant read thermometer and a sharp knife you can do better. Home made roast beef sandwich meat. Like you’d get from an awesome sandwich food truck.
Dhansak is a famous Parsi dish. Little bit of history. The Parsis were from Persia and migrated to India to escape persecution in or around the 10th century. That’s the beauty of history. People move around. They bring their cooking with them. Don’t mean to oversimplify but immigration is good for food. Diversity. Variety. Ideas. Indian restaurant dhansak curry is adapted from the traditional. But lentils and a bit of sweet and sour remain.
Beef and beer stew – carbonnade a la flamande – is all about the beef, the beer and the onions. Browned beef. Caramelized onions. Brown Ale. A little bit sweet from the sugar. A little bit sour from the vinegar. A little bit smoky from the bacon. Everything in balance. Delicious.