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The summer is almost here.... 101 simple summer meals

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We often can't be bothered to think about cooking during the summer holidays. But with a little imagination even the laziest cook can rustle up something a lot more tempting than a standard ham salad. We asked two of our favourite chefs, Tom Norrington-Davies and Allegra McEvedy, and top New York food writer, Mark Bittman, to come up with a list of quick and easy alternatives. The result was 101 dishes, all of which get you in and out of the kitchen in 10 minutes or less (we're not counting the time it takes to bring water to the boil). These suggestions are not formal recipes; rather, they provide a general outline so that with a few simple ingredients you can turn any idea on this list into a meal for two. 1. Eggs with asparagus Simmer eggs gently for six minutes, run under cold water until cool, then peel. Serve over steamed asparagus. 2. Herby pasta Toss a couple of handfuls of fresh chopped herbs with a few tbs of olive oil in a hot pan. Serve over angel-hair pasta (capellini…

Bharwan Baigan (Indian Style Stuffed Eggplants)

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One afternoon while we were chatting over a long chain of text messages, my friend Kankana asked if I had the recipe for bharwan baigan I can share with her. Well it was a simple question but it got me very confused. . You see I do not have the recipe for bharwan baigan or Indian style stuffed eggplants. I have at least five or maybe more than that. One is my mum's recipe that I grew up hating (what a fool I was!) and now crave for a bite of it.  She uses Chinese eggplants in her recipe and stuffs it with 6-7 dry pickling spices along with raw garlic and fries it in mustard oil. Then there's my mum-in-law's recipe which I cannot admit but is an absolute killer too. She uses those small, stout, softer skinned Indian eggplants and fills them with a spicy onion, ginger garlic paste.  Then growing up I had a neighbor aunty (Indians have a habit of addressing all your mum's friends, friends friends, house help, stranger walking on the street, basically every woman around you…

Intro to Tanzania Food

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Tanzania food has been developing gradually. Tanzania food items have lot of variety ranging from fruits to vegetables to meat and milk products. The early people who lived in Tanzania were mostly termed as hunter-gatherers.
During the first five hundred years the most popular food in Tanzania consisted of sorghum, millets, fruits, fishes, vegetables. In AD 800, the Arabs entered Tanzania and established the trade routes in the country. During this time they introduced and popularized food items like cotton plants, citrus fruits, biriani and pilau. These food items became very popular among the people of the coastal areas and Zanzibar. 

Groundnuts and cassava introduced by the Portuguese also became an important part of the diet of Tanzania. Meat items are not widely consumed in Tanzania. Sheep, goats and cattle are normally used for their milk. Only during festive occasions they are killed for their meats. The most commonly used meat items are ndayu and nyama choma.

The main diet of the…

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