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The One Hundred and Second

No, I’m not talking about an airborne or infantry unit! It’s our one hundred and second post here on notjunkfood.net

Prize draw Prizes
Prize draw Prizes

Yes, our one hundredth post slipped quietly past on Monday, we’ve never been ones to mark the round number anniversaries, it just seems so arbitrary. Oh alright then, I missed it, but in order to mark the occasion of our one hundred and second post I want to take a few moments to look at how far we’ve come since we launched back in January of this year and that first recipe, scrambled eggs.

Since then it’s been great to see how the web-site and our presence on both Facebook and Twitter have grown and continue to grow. With over 400 individual visits per week and one thousand links to our site, 343 followers on Twitter and 125 likes on Facebook, it’s safe to say that things have grown faster than we expected. It’s also great to know that we have attracted an international audience with readers from our nearest neighbour the UK to places as far flung as the USA, India and even Australia. I’m so happy to be able to thank all our readers for helping us get this far :)

So to mark the occasion of our one hundred and second post, we’re having a draw with a great prize, a copy of “Easy Entertaining” by Darina Allen of the Ballymaloe Cookery School and also a Ballymaloe Cookery School apron, both pictured above.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us what your favourite meal is and we will pick a winner at random from all the entries after the closing date – Wednesday 30th June at 5pm GMT – so get your entries in and tell your friends, families and loved ones to do the same 😉

Giving new life to an old recipe

This next recipe is based on one I found in an old cookbook – “Recipes of All Nations” by Countess Morphy, published in 1935. History is a little murky, but it appears that she wasn’t a countess at all and may not have travelled the world either! The book is still an excellent read and a historical curiosity and we’d like to thank our friend Will for lending it to us.

According to Countess Morphy:

The recipes I have selected for curries, dopiazas and koftas are chiefly from Northern India, as these are less hot and more adapted to English tastes.

My how times have changed since 1935 :) And it’s not just the English tastes either, I made some significant changes to the original recipe, as it had more than double the amount of butter and a huge amount of salt. My new recipe gives more or less the same flavour but with less than half the butter and the only salt in it is from the salt in the butter and on the peanuts. It should leave your heart a little happier than the original recipe.

I also added salted peanuts and raisins to the recipe. The peanuts give all the salt the dish needs and the combination of both gives a really interesting texture.

I remember the first time I made this curry, I was stunned by the subtle flavours, the lack of heat and just how easy it was to prepare. Even if you’re a hardened curry fanatic that likes their curry “centre of the sun” hot I’d urge you try this recipe, even once just to experience the flavour.