New Bear’s Eve dinner

Sorry, I’m getting carried away here. And not by a bear. I meant New Year.

Decades ago the Resident IT Consultant rather hopefully gave me a cookbook for Christmas. Not that he thought my cooking was bad (at least not the food that didn’t have mustard in it), but he quite fancied more lovely Indian food. This was in the early days of veggie Indian restaurants in England. He wanted more. I wanted more.

But I didn’t want to cook it, so I took one look at Madhur Jaffrey’s Eastern Vegetarian Cooking and asked whether I could assume the gifting of the book meant he’d be cooking the meals as well.

It, erm, did. And he has cooked some very nice food ever since.

Over the last decade or so, we have developed a family tradition that says he cooks an Indian buffet on New Year’s Eve, which we eat in front of the television.

Madhur Jaffrey, Eastern Vegetarian Cooking and Curry Easy Vegetarian

This Christmas he gave me Madhur Jaffrey’s new book, Curry Easy Vegetarian, which apart from having a weird title, seems pretty good. And I think it goes without me asking him to, that the Resident IT Consultant cooks.

So this New Bear’s Eve we tried new food. Did you know there are Indian kale recipes? This means kale for Christmas and New Year. (There was also a fantastic creamy paneer dish. The less we mention all that cream, the better. It was really very nice. If I wasn’t such a fair witch I’d have eaten all the leftovers myself. Very small portion of leftovers. Obviously.)

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