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Postby chrisboote » Fri Jan 24, 2014 02:39 pm

Tikka Massala was indeed probably invented in Glasgow
Phaal was invented in Hounslow
The UK form of Jalfrezi is a variant invented in Newcastle
And the sort of Biryani served up in UK curry houses almost certainly originates from Cardiff
So, coupled with the fact that more than 3 portions of curry are eaten annually for every fish'n'chips meal, I think it's fair to say that curry is definitely a Very British Dish
Oh, and the oldest extant recipe in English dates from 1584 and is for ... curry 8-)
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Postby MandyO » Fri Jan 24, 2014 03:49 pm

And to add to that, Fish and chips isn't of British origin anyway.

Fried fish being of Jewish origin ( possibly Eastern Eupoean) snd the chips from France or Belgium. I have no wisdom on mushy peas, apart from Omnomnom

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Postby Nonny Mouse » Fri Jan 24, 2014 03:54 pm

Ah. Well, it's a global world... still don't like curry.
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Postby Catch-up » Fri Jan 24, 2014 08:39 pm

:lol: Well, Carol and I are pretty adventurous and are happy to try any restaurant. :D
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Postby Catch-up » Fri Jan 24, 2014 08:41 pm

Speaking of food... when do the Gala Dinner tickets usually go on sale?
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Postby RSoak » Sun Jan 26, 2014 05:12 pm

Catch-up wrote:Speaking of food... when do the Gala Dinner tickets usually go on sale?

Was thinking the same.
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Postby phalarope » Mon Jan 27, 2014 01:38 am

Am always thinking of food :lol:
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Postby chrisboote » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:39 am

Nonny Mouse wrote:Ah. Well, it's a global world... still don't like curry.

Do you know which spice in the curry you don't like (usually it's the cumin of the garam masala)
I can make you a curry without either or both to see if you like it - something like tikka or ceylon, or a thai curry, which doesn't have them anyway?
This of course means you have to come to stay with us during your UK sojourn 8-)
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Postby Nonny Mouse » Mon Jan 27, 2014 04:47 pm

Cumin is a common spice in Mexican food, and I eat that a lot, so I don't think it's that. Mixed with cayenne and garlic and oregano it's very tasty.

I had the curry in an Indian restaurant in New York. I remember it being sort of mealy by mouthfeel and on the sweet side... I really don't care for sweet and savory together. This is probably more the crux of the problem than any particular spice (although some spices run sweet, like cardamom and nutmeg). I ate it, could survive on it, but I could do without ever having it again if there is anything else available.

I've also seen, and smelled, stuff served on airplanes which is a chicken dish with raisins in it. Not sure what that was, but yuck. I like my chicken over here and my fruit (excepting lemons and limes) over there, thank you very much.
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Postby Whos Wee Dug » Tue Jan 28, 2014 01:35 am

Curry is a totally different kettle of Fish over here, it's like difference in the flavor of tea in the States or what passes for chocolate(hersey's) over there tastes like machine oil to me.
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Postby chrisboote » Tue Jan 28, 2014 09:43 am

Nonny Mouse wrote:Cumin is a common spice in Mexican food, and I eat that a lot, so I don't think it's that. Mixed with cayenne and garlic and oregano it's very tasty.

I had the curry in an Indian restaurant in New York.

Aha, and therein lies the problem 8-)
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Postby Nonny Mouse » Tue Jan 28, 2014 09:49 pm

Hmmm. I concede it's possible to find something I might like. After all, I grew up hating Chinese food too, because I thought it was all bean sprouts, bell peppers, weird egg dishes, or sweet n sour. But my husband showed me some dishes I ended up really liking.
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Postby phalarope » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:34 pm

Nonny Mouse wrote:I had the curry in an Indian restaurant in New York. I remember it being sort of mealy by mouthfeel and on the sweet side...


Oh dear Om, no wonder you think it's nasty! :shock: There are many varieties of 'curry', most of them having some heat if they are worth eating (Thai curry is very different from Indian, IMHO), although biryani is not hot, and 'mealy' should not enter into it, gah!

I've also seen, and smelled, stuff served on airplanes which is a chicken dish with raisins in it. Not sure what that was, but yuck. I like my chicken over here and my fruit (excepting lemons and limes) over there, thank you very much.

That was most likely some yucky variety of Country Captain, which is good if made well (Mate picks the raisins out of his, too :lol: ), but I would not touch with a barge pole if served on an airplane.
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Postby Nonny Mouse » Wed Jan 29, 2014 01:45 am

OKay :D I'll go with you, but I request those knowledgeable to give me some help finding something I'd like.
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Postby Librarians Apprentice » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:04 pm

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