Joe makes pakora’s…

this is one of my favourite snacks:

1 cup of gram flour


1 cup of water

1 teaspoon of curry powder

1/2 teaspoon of feenugreek powder


1 teaspoon salt

handful of peas

1 small chopped onion chopped into bits


oil for frying

mix all the ingredients above into a paste ( it should be like lumpy custard!)


then get a spoon (dad helps here!) and drop into hot oil – when they float to the surface they are cooked.

dry onto kitchen paper then eat – yum.



Battenburg…you decide…


Why is it you can always buy 1 get 1 free from londis, and why does granny always have them in the larder next to tinned salmon?

Just to clear up any outstanding arguements from last weekend, here is the official line on Battenburg…

Battenberg cake (also: Battenburg cake, Window cake) is a light sponge cake which, when cut in cross section, displays a distinctive two-by-two check pattern alternately coloured pink and yellow. The cake is covered in marzipan and, when sliced, the characteristic checks are exposed to view. These coloured sections are made by dying half of the cake mixture pink, and half yellow, then cutting each resultant sponge into two long, uniform cuboids, and joining them together with apricot jam, to form one cake.

The origin of the name is not clear, but one theory claims that the cake was created in honour of the marriage in 1884 of Queen Victoria‘s granddaughter to Prince Louis of Battenberg. The four squares of the cake are said to represent the four Battenberg princes.
Whatever! – it still taste like shite.

Turkish lemonade


Since Joe has found Lemonade…I found this stuff that i enjoyed when I was a kid in Turkey – its exactly the same – i even think the design of the bottle is the same, amazing how small things bring back real strong memories – This for me is Erdek, (a small peninsula in the marmara sea near Istanbul, in the Summer with Mum and Dad – me and Kemal just playing on the beach all day, Sucuk for breakfast with eggs, Kofte for lunch, mosquitos, diving of the jetty, A worn out tapes of The Clash, Suzy Quatro and Mudd!

Enjoy it Joe!