My late mother was a very traditional Asian lady - she wore henna on her nails, covered her head with her beautiful white silk scarves and always smelt of Oudh… However, when it came to Mother’s Day she would suddenly become very British...
Parveen's Perfect Banoffee Pancakes
It’s Ash Wednesday next week which is the first day of lent but before that there is of course Pancake Day. So I thought I would share a pancake recipe and a family story with you...
Ending Veganuary On A High!
In all my years of catering dinner parties and teaching people how to cook South Asian food, there is one cheeky little snack that everyone just loves, the humble onion bhaji.
Turkey Masala To Tinkle Your Taste BudsOne of the plus points of cooking with pre-loved ingredients is that it doesn’t take too long, well that because the food is already cooked – obviously. Ok, so you have made a big Christmas dinner with all the trimmings... READ BLOG
Q&A with Ikram Butt
Born and bred in West Yorkshire, Ikram Butt is a true pioneer and an inspiration to many. This week, Fresh Flavours caught up with the man who made sporting history becoming the first British Asian player to represent England in either code of rugby. READ MORE
Just Call Me the Rice Queen
So this week, I have decided to take a short sabbatical from my M.O. and give opportunism a go. So, let me jump straight in and take this opportunity to introduce you to one of my favourite desserts...
Q&A with Instagrammer Shannon Palmer
Occasionally you come across a personality on social media whose intriguing story makes you wonder what inspired them or motivated them to change their life in the way they did. Well this is precisely what happened when we came across Shannon Palmer, a local Instagram on our social media feed. READ MORE
Tandoori Ch-T-Turkey Anyone?
This week I want to talk about the festival that many of us look forward all year - yes, Christmas. I know that we are living in unprecedented times and the festivities for celebrating Christmas will not be the same this year but at the risk of repeating myself...
Diwali Delights - Jalebi Video Tutorial
It’s Diwali (the festival of lights) this weekend, so a VERY HAPPY DIWALI to all my friends who are celebrating. For me and for most people I suppose, celebrations are all about family and festive food. After all, what is a celebration without a good spread?
My Winter One Pot Wonder
The clocks went back last weekend and for me that definitely signifies the end of summer. Sometimes, when the sun shines, I kid myself that it is still summer but the carpet of golden crisp leaves under my feet and the nip in the air are a dead giveaway.
Pretty In Pink
'Pretty In Pink' - I am not talking about the 1980 American classic film about social cliques and class. I am talking about Himalayan Pink Salt which in my opinion is in a class all of its own. Salt plays a vital role in cooking, it's not the star but it helps the main star shine.
Making Something Out of Nothing
My son, Cyrus, often says that I can make something out of nothing!...Funny that because my husband says the same thing, although I think that my husband is referring to 'life' whereas Cyrus is talking in terms of food ...Or at least I think he is. 😛
To Ghee Or Not To Ghee
Just like everything else we consumers consume; technology; clothes; cars - food also comes in and out of fashion. In the 70's we drove cars like the Cortina or the Capri (with some of us painting a large white stripe down the side á la Starsky & Hutch 😛) we ate prawn cocktail, black forest gateau and wore flares.
Losing My Lockdown Love Handles
One of the best things about lockdown and working from home is that the biscuit tin is only a stone's throw away. One of the worst things about lockdown and working from home is that the biscuit tin is only a stone's throw away!
Just call me Parveen the 'Rice Queen'!
The most common question I am asked is "how do you cook rice?" Many people will willingly learn about spices, how to marinate meats and even how to 'bhun' which is the Punjabi word for a cooking process; to reduce down, caramelise and stir-fry in oil all at the same time.
Is Eid Like Your Christmas?
Celebrating Eid (an Islamic religious festival) as a child was a very different experience to what it is now. At school my friends and teachers would ask "is it like YOUR Christmas?" Just for an easier life and wanting to fit in, I would say "yes it's just like Christmas".
Sizzling Summer BBQ Shish Kebabs
Generally as a rule I’m not a huge fan of meat, having said that sometimes I like to break the rules...One of my guilty pleasures is a sizzling BBQ lamb shish kebab...
My name is Parveen Ashraf, aka The Spice Queen. I am a TV chef, author and cookery teacher and now I have the absolute pleasure of being a new guest blogger for SaveCo. I have been teaching Indian cookery for over a decade and there is one thing that people often stress about - where can they buy authentic ingredients from?
By BigK, bigkproducts.co.uk
Time to wipe the dust off the grill, the amazing people at BigK have written up an article telling you how to host the perfect BBQ. Just picture it – the aroma of something sizzling and succulent on the grill, mellow tunes playing in the background, a cool drink in hand...
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