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India

India: Delhi is very loud

Everybody in Delhi drives with their hands on the horn. Honk when somebody is in your way or if you want to overtake or even undertake, it doesn’t seem to matter, the only important thing is that you honk.

I have been to many cities, often noticing ‘the have and the have nots’ but in […]

India: It’s a Ganga!

The start of our trip was an hour or so drive to Cordoba to connect with the high speed AVE train to Madrid which whisked us there in under 2 hours in absolute comfort and even though we did travel by tourist class there was plenty of leg room – please note Virgin Rail […]

Time for a change of hair style

Now I admit that I haven’t an awful lot of hair but what I do have grows extremely quickly. I put this down to a diet of red wine, garlic and lemons.

My preferred hair dresser in Spain, and I don’t mind giving them a plug, is Jesus Caño Peluquerias in Martos. They have two shops but I […]

Delhi Belly or Montezuma’s Revenge what would you do?

I keep pinching myself that I am off to India with an old git on Monday.

Soon Tony Cartwright and I will be boarding the AVE high speed train in Cordoba bound for Madrid but a thought occurred to me as I read (again) The Rough Guide to India…

At best 50% of visitors to India suffer from travellers’ […]

Trainspotting in India

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Every Sunday I accompany my friend, Diabetic Tony, around the local bars in our little village in the Sierra Sur region of Spain’s Andalucía and whilst doing so one sunny Sunday in November he mentioned his ambition to visit India but had never had the opportunity to go there with a […]

There are more chickens than people in the world

Apparently there are around 19 billion chickens in the world and I have no idea who counts them. It goes without saying that China leads the way with 371 million, even Bermuda boasts 30,000 chicks.So I am thinking… if there are 19 billion chickens knocking around why are there people starving in some parts […]

What to do with a coconut

Coconut milk has a place in my cooking heart. It comes out of a tin and lifts meals, enabling me to create Asian or Caribbean fusion with fish, meat and vegetables. With a fresh coconut you can gather coconut water* – make coconut milk and grated coconut but you need time, patience, a lot […]

When the fridges & freezers are working overtime

It’s hot and the refrigeration equipment is working overtime to keep things cool but that doesn’t mean I want salad for supper.  I am hankering after heat, fresh and hot. Coconut chilli chickenCut a chicken breast into thigh size pieces and brown in oil. Set aside and drain off most of the oil and […]

Proper Mulligatawny Soup:It has been a long time

When I was a young man of 17, just starting out in my working life in the big city, I discovered The Taj Mahal in Streatham, south London.At this Indian restaurant, just off Streatham High Road, was an experience that 4½ decades later I would still hanker after. Mulligatawny  Soup – a bowl of […]

Rice: Pilaf, pilau or polow

I have a thing about rice. In my store cupboard you can find wild rice from France, arborio from Italy, Indian basmati rice and of course arroz bomba from Spain. I have a selection of brown (integral/wholemeal) rice too. Pilaf is an English term borrowed from the Turkish pilav which in turn is derived from […]

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