Sunday, 30 November 2014

To Make

tomato an aubergine curry in a rustic bowl

Recipe taken from the guardian

Serves 2
onions 2 medium
oil 3 tbsp
coriander 1 tsp, ground
cinnamon 2 tsp, ground
black mustard seeds 2 tsp
turmeric 2 tsp, ground
tomatoes 4, medium to large
ginger 65g
garlic 4 cloves
aubergine 1 large or 2 smaller ones
coriander a handful of leaves
pomegranate seeds of a small one
Peel the onions, roughly chop them, then leave to cook in the oil in a deep, heavy-based pan over a moderate heat. Stir them regularly so they don’t burn, letting them soften and turn pale gold in colour. Add the ground coriander, cinnamon, mustard seeds and turmeric, stir, and then continue cooking.
Meanwhile, put the tomatoes, chopped but unpeeled, into a blender or food processor with the ginger and the peeled cloves of garlic. Process to a thick purée then pour into the onions, stir and continue to simmer gently.
Slice the aubergine in half lengthways, then in half again and then into short lengths. Warm a griddle pan and let the aubergine pieces cook until they are soft and lightly charred in neat lines on all sides. Gently fold the aubergines into the tomato and onion and continue to cook for a few minutes, correcting the seasoning with salt.
Spoon into bowls or on to plates and serve with coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

#56 See 4 Shows at the West End

Number 2; Made in Dagenham. 

I really hadn't expected much. I really hadn't expected anything to be honest other than Gemma Arterton singing trills about feminism (It is so much more than that). So I was really happy when instead I found myself in a very British musical which made me laugh audibly (yep I'm one of those) and had me tapping my foot away at the motown inspired tunes, not to mention gazing admiringly at the incredibly intelligent set design.

A musical to like, maybe love, but probably not see or listen to any time soon again.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Like chewing on a lovely gooey gummy bear...

#92 Speak Portuguese

In Portugal I was able to practice a few questions, mainly 'Onde e...', as in 'where is..' and 'Qaunto e....', 'how much is' but ultimately my Portuguese is still pretty terrible for most everyday scenarios. My most successful conversation was actually with the 9 year old daughter of my Mum's friend. We spent about half an hour on an off discussing Disney star Violetta and the Portuguese version of Polly pocket - Obrigada Violetta!

Friday, 14 November 2014


Finished Raising Arizona, one of Film 4's 15 films to see before you die, and I only realised afterwards it's one of the Coen Brother's earlier films *Hand to Face*

Holly Hunt, one of my favorite actresses, whose reverse lisp is literally the best thing to enter my ears EVER, is naturally great and even more so, dare I say it, is Nicholas Cage who gives perhaps the best performance of his career (there is no basis for this statement other than my faint memory of National Treasure). The film is really charming, to put it best, and has some really nice use of framing, costume and very brown or saturated scenary to create the twee hillbilly world of the Americana. Oh an it's got a very good soundtrack (which I noticed is now being used on Channel 4's Catastrophe).