When I was little my mother would occasionally refer to someone ‘making a hash of a situation’. It was a British colloquialism meaning ‘to make a mess’ or generally be clumsy in dealing with something. It was only later in life that I made the connection with the culinary term ‘hash’ which broadly speaking is a muddle of skillet-fried chopped meat, potatoes and vegetables. This collision of thrown-together ingredients may be haphazard and unmeasured but rest assured the end result is a deliberate and wholly satisfying all-in-one meal.Continue reading
“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup” according to famous composer Ludwig Van Beethoven. As outlandish as this statement appears at first sight, maybe there’s a grain of truth. Because I think what he was trying to say is that anyone can make a good soup if they try hard enough. A good soup doesn’t depend on precise measurement and exact timings. It just needs a large pot, a handful of ingredients and a little devotion to the cause.Continue reading
Have you ever wondered how they make that delicious green sauce that goes with Mexican spicy shrimp tacos? For me, that is the motivation for preparing this dish. It’s not that I’m not into shrimp. It’s because to me the green sauce is what makes the meal distinctive. I have sat and pondered the mystery of the green sauce many times and have concluded that it means different things to different people. For some it’s a green salsa while for others a creamy avocado topping. After much experimentation I finally found the recipe I was looking for – a garlic cilantro lime sauce using sour cream or greek yogurt as its base.