The north of Britain and Scotland were hit by devastating flooding over the holiday period. The good news has been the way people have rallied round to assist those most badly affected, effectively rebutting the myth of broken Britain.
Much of the support came from the local community but aid was forthcoming from all over the country.
Fine Indian Food
No doubt some of you will be receiving the traditional Xmas gift of the latest edition of The Guinness Book of Records. Here are a few concerning Indian food:
•Largest Naan Bread - the largest naan bread in the world was created in July this year. A team of firefighters got together with two local restaurants in Hampshire to create a naan 3.79m long and 1.4m wide. It weighed a whopping 26kg.
•Highest Poppadom Stack – Manchester curry chef Nahim Aslam put together the largest stack of poppadoms at the Indian Ocean restaurant in March 2011. It was measured at 1.57m tall and contained no fewer than 1,075 poppadoms.
You and I really enjoy our Indian food but did you know that a number of top celebrities do too? And I am talking mega stars here! Plus David Cameron.
· Lady Gaga – the pop icon has gone on record saying she loves Indian food so much that she “could go into an Indian food coma”. We are still trying to find out if she recycled the meat from her infamous dress for a biriyani.
· Tom Cruise – Tom was spotted in the Veer Dhara Restaurant in St Albans when he was in the UK a couple of years back filming All You Need Is Kill. Embarrassingly, he only had US dollars and an American Express card on him, neither of which the restaurant were able to accept as payment for the £220 bill. Luckily a member of his team was able to pay and left a very generous £80 tip!
Camerons Enjoy Their Curry While They Still Can
David Cameron and his wife Samantha took a break from the recent Tory Conference to enjoy and Indian meal in a south Manchester restaurant where they sampled chicken Balti and chicken korai. Government policy may make such meals somewhat harder to find in the future, however.
An unfortunate side effect of the current furore about immigration is that there is now a shortage of Asian chefs in the UK and the Indian restaurant industry is especially hard hit.
The differing climates of the Indian subcontinent have led a variety of spices being grown. In addition, many spices have been imported and are now part of the Indian culinary range.
Spices in Indian cooking are primarily to add flavour, not heat, and result in some wonderfully aromatic dishes. Each spice has its own unique flavour but can also be combined with other spices to excellent effect. Many spices also have medicinal or health benefits.
Most people know that the ever-popular chicken tikka masala served up in many Indian restaurants actually originated here in Britain. However, did you also realise that these are not original Indian foods?
•Samosa. Bite into the tasty flaky pastry and taste the meat or vegetable filling and you would think this is the ultimate Indian speciality. You’d be wrong, though, as it originates in Persia and was brought into India by Persian traders in the Middle Ages.
The versatile dish that is a curry can cater for all tastes. Let’s face it, we do not all like the same thing; some prefer something tasty and flavoursome while some like it hot. Whatever your personal preference, you can make a dish hotter or cooler by employing these simple suggestions:
Never Too Hot!
•It is chilli that usually gives a curry it’s heat, be it crushed, dried, powdered or whole. If you’d like it hotter, add more chilli.
In a recent survey carried out by Mission Deli Wraps, curry came out as a clear winner when Brits were asked which foods tasted better the next day. No less than 33% of those surveyed chose curry. Second and third choices were two traditional British dishes, the casserole and roast meat.
Spaghetti Bolognese, pizza, chili con carne and sausages were others that made it onto the list of winners.
Perhaps unsurprisingly sushi, chicken nuggets, burgers and Yorkshire puddings were the least likely to be eaten the following day.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that a chemical compound found in spicy curries could prevent the risk of developing bowel cancer.
Capsaicin, which gives chilli peppers their heat, was given to mice by scientists. It triggered a pain receptor in cells in the lining of the intestines which resulted in a reaction reducing the likelihood of developing colorectal tumours. It was found to extend the life of the subject mice by up to 30%.
Indian food has long been recognised as one of the UK’s favourite meals, either home-made, take away or at a restaurant. However, here are some facts that you may not be aware of:
1.The word “curry” is rarely used to describe a dish in India. The huge diversity of dishes are often known by their ingredients and/or locale
2.The twenty-eight different regions of India all have contrasting ways of cooking and use different ingredients. In the north of the country, for example, there is a tendency to produce less spicy dishes, incorporating red and green chillies and yoghurt. In the south fish dishes are more often seen and mustard is a common ingredient.
A group of scientific researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Jodhpur have examined the ingredients of some 2,500 Indian recipes to try and establish what makes them taste so different to Western dishes. The answer lies in the fact that Indian dishes have much less sharing of flavours when compared to Western meals.
To take a simple example, a typical English dish of roast beef will often be paired with a pint of bitter beer. This combination provides a distinct, unified taste with the flavours overlapping.
Sacrilege! For many the only possible liquid accompaniment for a hot, spicy curry is lager. There is no reason why this should be the case, however. The spices in most curries, such as red and green chillies, ginger, cumin, turmeric and garam masala, are all compatible with a good wine.
Fiona Beckett is a multi-award winning food and wine writer, Guardian columnist and author of 23 books on food, wine and beer. Whilst she agrees that lager may be the perfect companion for a fiercely hot curry, she argues that the subtler kind of dish deserves a good wine.
We are constantly being told that we should eat more vegetables in our daily diet. But what if we enjoy a tasty Indian meal? Can the two be combined? The answer is – of course!
A large proportion of the Indian population are vegetarians and they have long known about the healthy properties of vegetables. Indeed, India is reported to be the second largest fruit and vegetable producing country in the world. India is the largest producer of bananas, limes, mangos and papayas as well as the largest grape producer per unit of land area.
Well 2014 has been a fantastic year for our Events at Baburchi, Gloucester. We have held several fantastic evenings with great food and fantastic entertainment ... and every night has been a complete sell out!
So with that in mind, we'd like to let you know about our next entertainment event on 24th February 2015 ... you'll need to hurry and book to avoid disappointment!
Join us for a delicious Indian meal followed by our resident Entertainer, the one and only Marshall King. The theme in this show is Elvis where Marshall will be amazing you with his vocal impression of Elvis ... you have to see it to believe it!! There's a great night in store for everyone! You can take a quick taster here ... watch the video!
One more thing ... if you book and pay before the end of January 2015, you'll get £5 off per person!
So don't miss out ... Book here!
Well, Wednesday 10th December is SOLD OUT! But don't panic, there are just a few places left for Tuesday the 9th December for the return of Marshall King and his opus Legends Christmas Party Night at Baburchi in Gloucester.
If you book before 1st December you’ll get £5 off the £29 per person ticket price which includes a delicious three course Indian meal and an evening of superb entertainment.
Sit back and enjoy tributes to the greats such as Roy Orbison, Freddie Mercury, Neil Diamond, Elvis and many, many more, all in the lovely restaurant at Baburchi.
Get your places at www.indianrestaurantgloucester.co.uk or telephone 01452 300615 .. but don't delay ... just a handful of places left!
In one of the most hotly contested votes in Citizen history, Baburchi Cuisine was voted Gloucester’s second favourite curry house.
The most popular restaurants were chosen from a short list of 24 curry houses across Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean.
The Citizen received hundreds of votes in their online poll which finished this week.
The poll was restricted to one vote per person and was hosted on Gloucestercitizen.co.uk.
Join us on 21st October 2014 for a fun filled night of great entertainment and fabulous Indian cuisine.
Those of you that have joined us before will know it's a great evening .. GUARANTEED!!! Your ticket price includes the meal!
And for only £25 per person! OR you can get £5 off with the Early Bird discount - book here.
Baburchi fine indian cuisine in Gloucester are offering 4-for-3 in until the end of August 2014.
No, they are not celebrating the start of the new football season with a pro-active line-up, its Four meals for the price of Three!
Although their line up is still quite impressive with a range of Tandoori and Balti dishes with rich and varied tastes and aromas.
On 22 July 2014 Baburchi Indian restaurant in Gloucester will be the venue for a unique evening of entertainment with Freddie & Friends.
Freddie & Friends
Join us on 22nd July 2014 at 7pm for a fun filled night of great entertainment and fabulous Indian cuisine.
In India's coastal areas, fish and seafood are hot favourites - fried, curried and sometimes even pickled. Families often get to the fish market as early as they can for the fresh catch of the day.
This tasty fish dish is good for you and easy on your waistline too!
King Prawns have long been a favourite ingredient to start any meal and an exquisite taste to boot.