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I live in Harwich, UK, a small coastal town and fishing port renowned for the quality of crabs and lobsters caught offshore.
I an a passionate cook, and I am specialising in combining the cuisine of the Indian sub-continent with that of the Meditteranean.
The biggest influences on my cooking are Antony Worral Thomson, Brian Turner and Ainsley Harriott, together with a host of Asian chefs.
My passion is to produce original and tasty food that will suit all tastes, so I cook English (stews, fried/grilled fish, sausages etc), Indian, Pakistani and Persian - especially vegetarian food. Greek and Italian cooking also features in my repertoire, and my next-door neighbour, who is Algerian, is enthusiastic about my tagines. I love a grilled English breakfast, with Irish overtones, such as soda farls, that I make myself. I am equally passionate about cheese, and use a lot of it in my cooking (I make hamburgers that incorporate Boursin)
My peeves are bad food of all kinds. I've nothing against the hamburger - but compare the ones you get in Germany to those sold in McDonalds, Burger King etc. The Pont-neuf potato beats the "fries" hands down. Making ones own onion rings knocks spots of the starchy muck peddelled in fast food emporia.
Another peeve is Gordon Ramsay - an excellent chef but a lousy member of the human race in the way he treats people.
English, Scottish, Irish German and French sausages. French onion soup, Vichyssoisse. French brioche, baguettes and croissants. Chateaubriand, noisettes of lamb, Eisbein of pork. German Salami. Stilton, Gruyere, Port Salut, Bavarian smoked, Brie, Cashel Blue cheeses. Irish butter.
Ghee, cumin seeds, Punjabi, Baluchistani and Kashmiri curries, breads and veg dishes (I make them all). Parsee cuisine.
Restaurants and Gastropubs - Notting Grill and the Queens Head and Artichoke, Central London. Alishan Tandoori, Colchester. Captain Cod, Kidderminster. Cliff Hotel and Tower Hotel, Harwich.
Best food suppliers - Warnes Butchers, Parkeston, Harwich. Somerfield supermarkets,Harwich and UK. Belchers Square Sausage of Ayrshire, Scotland. Natco spices and herbs. Alexis Lichine wines.