So one good thing about having a dodgy back is that you’re forced to take it a bit easy. This has meant watching way more TV than usual – happily we’ve recently started subscribing to a service that lets us watch British and American channels. I’m now up to date with every food programme on the BBC, including Nigel Slater (always inspiring) Lorraine Pascale (wonderful new baking talent) and Raymond Blanc (always more French than he has any right to be after 100 years of living in Britain). I’ve also plodded through the rather dull Brit version of Masterchef – not a patch on the Oz series – enlivened only by an appearance by the wonderful Yotam Ottolenghi.
I’ve also been able to catch up on some food-related reading, and thought it might be nice to share. Among other things, I’ve been enjoying various anthologies of American food writer M.F.K. Fisher and the New Yorker collection of food writing.
As a lifelong sugar addict, this lengthy article in the New York Times, ‘Is Sugar Toxic? scared the life out of me and while I’m not about to turn my back on all things cake and jalebi, I’ve decided to give up sugar in tea and coffee to see if I can stall the inevitable slide towards diabetes and worse.
My Twitter friend Robyn Eckhardt who runs the wonderful Eating Asia blog from Kuala Lumpur wrote this thoughtful piece about safely eating street food
. Just as applicable to eating street food in this part of the world
While I’ve been feeling very low energy, I’ve been marvelling all the more at those bloggers who seem to juggle effortlessly job, family and three posts a week, including pictures and recipes. One of my recent favourite, super-energetic bloggers is Kathy Gori. A screenwriter and once the voice of Rosemary the Telephone Operator in cartoon series Hong Kong Phooey (I remember it well!) Kathy writes a wonderfully entertaining Indian food blog even though she lives in Hollywood and as far as I know has never been to India. Kathy seems to cook and blog constantly – this week she’s been cooking up some seriously impressive-looking momos.
Another blog that caught my eye was this cutie - a young cook living in Paris who invites people to her tiny apartment for lunch. It took me back to my own garret-living days in Paris.
I loved this article about the two families of sufi singers in the Nizamuddin area of Delhi, written by my fellow Mint writer, Mayank aka The Delhiwalla. We lived in Nizamuddin for a while and Thursday nights in the dargah listening to the qawwals were some of our most magical times in Delhi.
It was good to see three British restaurants appearing in the world’s top 50 restaurants announced last week. It seems like a really exciting time in British cooking (contrary to what Masterchef would have us believe!) – I’m really looking forward to trying out some new taste sensations when we’re home in the summer.
And finally, for fun, a big talking point in our house this week: what was Domestic Goddess Nigella Lawson thinking going to the beach in this hideous burkini? Has she lost the plot or was it a clever two fingers up at the paparazzi?