Clarification on Ghee

Sunday morning.  8 am.  Still in bed. I start to focus properly on the lunch I am to cook for friends arriving at 1 pm.  I had got very organised the night before and made chocolate cake for one guest whose birthday it was. That was going to be dessert with the addition of fresh berries and a dollop of cream and salted caramel sauce with a hint of cardamon. My lamb for minty lamb curry was marinating in the fridge and just have to make my leeks with split yellow peas, a chopped salad and steam rice in the simmering basket of the TM5. I plan to make the starter of creamy courgette soup with my guests on their arrival. The addition of freshly roasted and pounded cumin seeds gives that soup a lovely Indian flavour. All good till I realise I have no ghee and the lamb takes an hour to cook in ghee and it’s a Sunday morning so no shops till at least 11 am! Continue reading

Have Your Cake

I’ve been to a 90th birthday celebration in Bristol today. It was a surprise birthday party. When my friend invited me to his mother’s celebration and mentioned that they were picking up a chocolate cake from Waitrose my immediate reaction was,”No! Not a supermarket cake!” With TM5 confidence I volunteered to bake it. Continue reading