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Triple Chilli Chaat

Triple Chilli Chaat

Triple Chilli Chaat

Wonderful weather. Dry, sunny, slight sea breeze.

Meh, what’re you gonna do?

More importantly, what’re you not gonna do?

What you most certainly aren’t going to do is spend, as the bard of Whalley Range so perfectly put it, “warm, Summer days indoors…”

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Masala Roast Cashews

Masala Roast Cashews

Masala Roast Cashews

Samuel Johnson once remarked that “…when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life..”

Not entirely in agreement with you there, Sam me owd mate.

Actually, I firmly believe that alarm bells should start ringing about one’s Joie de vivre when a person starts to go off cashews.

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Baked Butternut Squash, Indian Style

Baked Butternut Squash Indian Style

Baked Butternut Squash, Indian Style

I’ll never forget last autumn.

I was back in England for work purposes, and was living in a small apartment, with a galley-sized kitchen.

It seemed terribly inefficient and wasteful to even consider using a large oven to cook meals for one, so following the advice of my sister I bought a counter-top halogen oven, something that proved to be an unusually smart move, ultimately saving me a small fortune in terms of electricity used, as well as countless hours of my precious free-time.

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Back to the grind – let’s do lunch!

Sardine salad

Sardine salad

I like to keep lunch quick and simple, as I have a limited amount of time both at home to prepare my lunch before I set off on my commute in to the office, and at my desk to actually eat the meal itself.

This then, with only slight variations depending on availability of produce, is my usual lunch-time stomach filler. I prepare everything prior to setting off, and do all the chopping and mixing at my desk, normally sometime around noon-ish.

  • ½ a red onion, thinly sliced
  • a red/green/yellow pepper, roughly chopped
  • a carrot, roughly chopped
  • about 10 cherry tomatoes
  • a good chunk of cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 2 or 3 celery sticks, sliced
  • a red or green chilli, finely chopped
  • a 100g-ish tin of sardines
  • a good slug of chaat masala, an Indian spice mixture

Simply chop / slice, mix, and wolf down.

A word of caution – chaat masala is not to everyone’s taste, but if you like it, YOU LIKE IT!!

It’s very Paleo – the hint of sweetness comes from dried mango powder rather than s***r. You should be able to find it at your local, friendly Indian / Pakistani grocer.