LOVE what you cook & Cook what you LOVE!

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This weeks advice to you would be; to LOVE!
Love what you cook, and cook what you love! 
If this is not applied in the kitchen, then it will show in your food. The flavours will not bond and turn into beautiful harmony. 

The way I get into the spirit of cooking is;
1- Find a recipe I  would like to cook.
2- Go shopping and find all the ingredients.
3- Play some music you love listening to help get you in the mood. 
4- Set up the kitchen so everything is at hand.
5- Make sure you have plenty of space to cook.
6- Give yourself TIME, so you’re not rushed.
7- Listen to your instincts.
8- LOVE the recipe your cooking, LOVE the ingredients, LOVE who you’re cooking for, and have fun.

 

Mum of two becomes ‘the best and loyal customer of Priya’s Kitchen!

Picture of Anna Walters   Photo Credit to Jodie Humphries

Priya’s Kitchen was founded in February 2018, and since then regular and new customers come through the door to taste the delicious fresh food that gets cooked and served from Priya’s Kitchen. However, you always have your best customers that can’t live without Priya’s spicy food!! The reason why people come through the door is because it is HOME-COOKED, FRESH, AUTHENTIC and bold with flavours. Some of the other the dishes that are not familiar to the western palette gets cooked in the kitchen, which is not seen in your regular takeout joints or restaurants. These are dishes that have been cooked in traditional Indian homes for centuries.

Throughout the year, I have seen in my books that ‘Anna Walters’ has ordered numerous times, not saying that she isn’t great in her own kitchen because she’s a fantastic cook herself and cooks endlessly for her family. However, Priya’s takeaways are the best way to look after yourself when you have a busy life with the kids!

So, I decided to award and recognise my customer, who LOVES Priya’s Kitchen. And that is ‘the beautiful Anna Walters!’ I wanted to interview her and get to know her better.

 

So here she is; Mrs Anna Walters!

Q: Please introduce yourself;

A: My name is Anna Walters and I live in the St Marks area of Maidenhead. I’m a mum of two and an artist www.annawaltersart.com    

Q: What types of food do you love?

A: I love to eat and like a wide range of foods. Favourites if I had to pick are probably Japanese & Italian.   

Q: Why do you enjoy buying from Priya’s Kitchen? & Why do you like my food?

A: Priya’s food is absolutely delicious. So full of flavour, fresh and so much healthier than any other Indian take-out. It’s become a Friday night treat when I’m tired and bored of cooking for my tribe every other day of the week.       

Q: What is your favourite takeaway from Priya’s Kitchen?

A:  Maharashtra Dumpling Curry in an Onion and coconut sauce.

Q: What’s your favourite food shop?

A: The Italian Shop on Denmark Street in Maidenhead.  

Q: What’s your food tip or hint?

A: I use buckwheat flour in my kid’s pancakes (they have no idea!). We also grow herbs and fruit & veg in the garden which the kids love. They eat cherry tomatoes like sweets when in season.     

Q: Would you recommend any of my services?

A: I can’t recommend Priya’s homemade food enough. The weekly take-out is just so good. The masala paste is also a great way to make-your-own at home. We made boxing day turkey curry with ours which was a massive hit.

 

Anna Walters is a wonderful Artist, she graduated and started her career in advertising, and like many women like myself have now changed their careers to look after their children. However, we all need to work and keep our sanity above board before we literally go stir crazy! So, I would love you to check out Anna’s webpage www.annawaltersart.com  as she has taken on her new profession as an Artist! She works with oil paints and only works on commission and believes that art should be affordable so is very reasonably priced.

 

Here are a few of my favourites!! 

As Anna, has been the best customer, she will be given a free family meal on the house!

 Thank you, Anna, for supporting a small business like myself and for apricating my heritage!

 

 

 

 

January Pop-Up Menu Revealed

 

The eight course menu for my January pop-up is inspired by looking deep into my heritage and picking out what reminds me of my childhood. The food I grew up on was mainly vegetarian and vegan, but some of theses dishes are not so well known in British culture and I didn’t want to frighten anyone away by preparing a feast of dishes that are completely new and unfamiliar.

The first dish on the menu is called ‘Khandvi. Khandvi is the Hindi name of the dish, but in Gujarat the dish is called ‘Patuli’ – which is guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds and leave you wanting more. It’s a traditional Gujarati snack prepared with gram flour and yogurt, seasoned with sautéed sesame seeds and spices including cumin, mustard, curry leaves, coriander and coconut. It comes served with my favourite dipping sauce – coriander chutney.

Within the menu, I will include some of my classic and most beloved takeaway dishes, but elevated with refined touches to exceed all expectations; such as chicken tikka, and lamb biryani & aubergine & pea curry and to bring a touch of elegance and luxury to the event, I will also present my king prawn dish and spiced scallops. The meal will end with the British classic Eaton mess with an Indian twist – of course!

The menu has a British slant to all the flavours and will be plated beautifully to ensure that all guests experience nothing short of pure culinary delight. The night will end on a high, talking with all my guests and making sure they are happy and full with a lovely class of Malbec in my hand!

 

Lighting Up Pinkey’s Arm Pub

I will be lighting up the Pinkney’s Arms on Wednesday 7th November for a sold-out pop-up meal that coincides with Diwali. A bit like the Indian equivalent to Christmas, Diwali honours Rama – the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravan.

Known as the festival of lights, the Hindu celebration occurs each autumn and is one of the most popular events of the Hindu calendar and probably the most well known in Britain. Diwali symbolises a spiritual victory of light and goodness over darkness and evil. To represent illumination over ignorance people celebrating Diwali light up their temples, homes, shops and office buildings with candles. The preparations, and rituals, for the festival typically last five days, with the biggest day of celebration occurring on the third day which coincides with the darkest night of the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. In the Gregorian calendar, the festival generally falls between mid-October and mid-November.

In the lead-up to Diwali, homes and workplaces are cleaned, renovated, and decorated and on the third day, revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes. Oil lamps and candles are lit, offerings are made to Lakshmi – the goddess of prosperity and wealth. Fireworks are set-off and families feast together in celebration.