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My blog is an expression of some of my most personal and intimate emotions and experiences. Most of my posts are bursts of inspiration there by making me sporadic writer. I use my blog to highlight social matters close to my heart.



Meet our Suppliers - Gadds' Brewery

Meet our Suppliers - Gadds' Brewery



Get acquainted with our local suppliers - Meet GADDS' The Ramsgate Brewery



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HERE'S TO KENT'S LOCAL FOOD!

HERE'S TO KENT'S LOCAL FOOD!



We have created a map  to celebrate and showcase our local suppliers



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HOW TO: 12 Spices of Christmas

HOW TO: 12 Spices of Christmas



Stuck for ideas on how to make your Christmas dinner extra special this year? 



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How To: Christmas Pine-Needle Marinade.

How To: Christmas Pine-Needle Marinade.



Recycle your Christmas tree onto your dinner plate this festive season with this pine-needle marinade recipe. 



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The journey so far.....

The journey so far.....



It seems like yesterday. The beginning of my journey in Margate. Lofty dreams, a passionate love affair with flavours, textures and ingredients and a handful of friends. That's all I started with.



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Blood Bricks

Blood Bricks



Its an ever-changing world which shocks, surprises and stirs our souls at the same time. We humans are taking giant leaps in commerce and development while being aloof of the plight of some of our own at the same time.



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This Christmas

This Christmas



This Christmas , we will slow down again. Take stock of our loved ones, miss those who are not here with us and welcome the new comers into our families.. Make resolutions for the new year, eat, drink and hang up our boots even if its just for the moment.



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Flavours of Syria

Flavours of Syria



Flavours of Syria is a humble effort from our team to contribute to the huge humanitarian crisis in the region. Food habits of a race is always a true reflection of the cultural splendour of a region. Syria is a classic illustration.



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Here comes winter

Here comes winter



I feel that the pace of our lives actually slows down in winter. They say the British summer is great...vibrant,alive and full of energy. I feel British winter is equally special.



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Success is counted sweetest...

Success is counted sweetest...



I always remember a poem by Emily Dickinson learnt years back as a child. It is one of those jewels of English poetry which never leave you.



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Little austerities in the kitchen...

Little austerities in the kitchen...



The honourable prime minister is seeking  to clear up confusions in the energy policy of the government.



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The journey so far...

The journey so far...



The Ambrette at Rye has made it into the Michelin guide. It all just seems like yesterday. New site, new kitchen and the nervous feeling of starting a new restaurant.



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Scotland...will return soon

Scotland...will return soon



Scotland...Must say the first impression lacked spectacle. Slowly the cities and towns melted away and the magnificent panorama emerged as if out of Narnia's secret door.



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Air travel chaos,No Nile Perch, Kent 2020 , Lambs heart etc

Air travel chaos,No Nile Perch, Kent 2020 , Lambs heart etc



The day started with no supply of my favourite Nile perch from Tanzania. I love the fish for its firm texture and subtle flavour. Its also fully traceable and reduces pressure on demands of local fish some of which are overfished. So the Icelanding Volcano Eyjafjallajokull (God knows how its pronounced!) is hitting us hard in sunny Margate. Anil is still stuck in New Delhi.



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Its time to fall in love again.

Its time to fall in love again.



I am sure all of us go through this. I am not the only one. You do something regularly for a certain time and then the joy goes out of it. We all crave for inspiration from time to time. Moments of love in what we do are rare sparks in life.



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Dev ,the Michelin dilemma and Thanet

Dev ,the Michelin dilemma and Thanet



The Indian Princess finally got recommended in the Michelin guide this year. However the excitement was shortlived as the initial jubilation was drowned in a series of events that followed. First it was rumors of The Indian Princess closing down followed by a follow up visit by an anonymous Michelin inspector who wasnt happy with the building and location of the restaurant. The final blow came as an enforcement by the local licensing authorities on the alcohol license. I had a taste of local bureaucracy neat on the rocks.



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February, Valentines and Aphrodisiac herbs

February, Valentines and Aphrodisiac herbs



Ashwagandha – Withania Somnifera. It is considered the king of Indian herbs.Another natural herbal aphrodisiac, an herbal miracle that works mainly on the reproductive and nervous systems as a sexual and an energy tonic with a rejuvenating effect



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2010

2010



2010 is finally here. For me the new year crept in rather quietly this time. Usually I start getting quite thrilled towards the end of December with a child like anticipation of a chance to start things fresh in the coming year. This year was different. It felt like the end of a voyage when you finally come ashore.



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Woodcock and Sika Deer

Woodcock and Sika Deer



I am back to serious cooking after a short break. There is a surge in woodcock population in the Deal area and a local game dealer had a record catch. He in fact got seventy five birds within a few hours! I have never cooked Woodcock before.My initial reluctance turned to curiosity and I ended up buying thirty birds.



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Winds of Change

Winds of Change



The storm is still not over but we can feel winds of change blowing now. This week started off with a bang! We had a full house on Monday and the restaurant was booked out till Thursday.It was a little taster of the great old times the business has seen here. But the weekend fell like a pack of cards.



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