Going on holiday is a life treat and pleasure. Getting away from the winter cold in London, makes it even more worthwhile.
This trip was to the Canary Islands and specifically, Lanzarote. The furthest northern island of the Canaries, Lanzarote still promised warm weather, sunshine and most importantly, time off work.
I was aware that the weather wouldn't be great, but I wanted to relax. So off we went, Laura, her dad and I to relax and get some sun.
We opted for just bed and breakfast in order to be able to explore the cuisine in Lanzarote. I was on the case, with regard to food and used TripAdvisor and duly listened and went to the no#1 rated restaurant immediately.
Just three days after the #10burgers10hours challenge, I was having another burger. A special with chorizo. It was good.
Lanzarote is quite a small island and be staying in Arrecife, we were in the middle and therefore a good location to see the sights. We took a tour to see the cave and old town and this was about a four hour round tour. I would thoroughly recommend it.
The food in Lanzarote was good and we tried a fair bit. Some guarantees daily were Croquettas, Jamon and lots of seafood.
Using TripAdvisor as our guide, we went to the views and reviews of tourists everywhere.
We followed our guts, hearts and bellies too, but definitely a good foodie holiday.
Curry Night + Valentines Day = Romantic Night for the Life of Shayan Team. Invited to Pure Indian Cooking, which made it extra special, Laura and I met at Putney Bridge Station to visit this Fulham High Street restaurant.
Pure Indian Cooking is a restaurant by husband and wife team of Faheem Vanoo and Shilpa Dandekar. Inspired by real Indian food and their lovely memories this restaurant nestled on Fulham high street just across the bridge from bustling Putney town has been around for a few years.
This romantic evening, was also an evening for Fulham FC playing, so a few away fans and regular match goers were there prior to kick off. Laura and I nestled in and were ready for our experience.
Shilpa heads the team of chefs at PURE indian cooking. What was evident from the off, was the freshness of the produce.
The aim of the chef and team is to present an whole array of Indian spices, textures and aromas while retaining its originality and simplicity. This meant that the food was/or at least seemed like it was made to order.
“Love of Indian Food with finesse and Quality” is the motto for Chef Shilpa and this is evident from the food. Her experience with Michelin starred Chefs like Sriram Aylur & Raymond Blanc, are on display and Chef Shilpa strongly believes that it is "a dream to start a small restaurant."
So from the pictures, you can see what we have eaten, descriptions of all and more are here:
Between courses we had time to digest and wait. The food did take a while to come out, but I strongly believe this was due to it being freshly made.
One word I would use to describe Pure and their food is: AROMATIC.
The smell of the spices, such as cloves, cardamons and cumins were strong in the air and on my pallate. From the kebabs to the crumble, the food was well presented and at the end of it, very filling.
The sharing platter to start was a good way to experience a bit of everything. The seekh kebabs were very refined and next time I would make myself a little roll with naan and chutney. I always like to try lamb chops at any curry house, but missed out this time. I feel this helps give me a good gage of the quality of a restaurant.
The seekh kebab and squid were the main stars on the platter. The chicken was very moist and a good generous size. I felt like the paneer was the only thing that let us down. I hope chef Shilpa takes my words as constructive criticism. Maybe ditch the pepper and a bit more char.
Shipla and Faheem, good work and well done with a great restaurant.
The name of the restaurant definitely fits the experience and what you are getting. Pure Indian Cooking, does exactly what it says and gives you what you need. Be it before a football match or on a romantic Valentines evening.
I have to say, Shipla and Faheem are quite inspiring as a husband and wife duo. I am not sure however, if I could do the same with my wife. I will leave the restaurant business to the professionals, especially when I can then sit and eat their food instead.
Thank you Kapil and Lisa for an amazing wedding present.
This was a Cactus TV experience. The company that produces Saturday Kitchen provides an experience for food and drink lovers to enjoy.
In their Clapham location, Laura and I ventured down south on an early Saturday afternoon (after the live show of course). We got there on time and went straight to it. Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE was hosting this edition and was ready to cook us all Fish Cakes with a lovely tomato sauce. Sounds good.
Chef Cyrus and his fishcakes were amazing, we all had one, there was eight of us in the group and then we went about attempting the Omelette challenge. When you watch it on TV it seems difficult enough. Well guess what, in real life it is even more difficult.
How good is your eye sight? If you look below, you can see my attempt looks like scrambled egg, whilst Laura's looks like an omelette.
HOWEVER, mine was well cooked and quicker, so I declare myself the winner.
After the foodie fun, we went down to the Studio and had a look around the set and behind the scenes too. This was fun and good to see. To be honest,the real fun was before and after this part.
After this little tour of the set, we went about trying wine and sampling food with the wines. Different whites and red were paired with meats and more and this was the time we got to fill our bellies with food.
An overall good experience, and once again, we are very grateful to Kapil and Lisa for this amazing wedding present. Do go, it is a bit pricey so maybe get it as a gift. Great chefs, great food and a nice tour. DO IT.
Check out the Vlog sensation below: Life of Shayan
And Below is the finished product.
I used this recipe from Martin Morales, a recipe featured on the Guardian.
Check it out!