FEATURE: Somerset Curry Club spices things up with visit from fire brigade (From Bridgwater Mercury)
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FEATURE: Somerset Curry Club spices things up with visit from fire brigade
LIKE most Brits, I love my curry – the hotter the better – but the last thing I expected during an Indian cookery course at Chilton Trinity School was a visit from the fire brigade.
Mercury photographer Jeff Searle and I had decided to go to the course, hosted by Somerset Curry Club, ahead of National Curry Week (October 7-13).
But we were evacuated from the kitchen after cooking steam set off the fire alarm.
It turned out the state-of-the-art alarm system at the school is linked to the fire station and there was a slight fault with one of the sensors, which has since been addressed.
But the false alarm failed to detract from the fantastic cooking experience offered by the Curry Club.
This is not a course for advanced chefs; this is a course for people who just recognise really good food when they taste it, and if that food should happen to take the form of a curry – even better.
The evening’s menu included a chapatti with rogan josh, which apparently means ‘red passion’.
No doubt people have tried jars of pre-mixed concoctions from their local supermarket and of course, that’s fine, unless you really want to taste the full flavour of a fresh dish.
The course gave wannabe chefs a box of spices and showed us how to use them, along with great cooking tips like soaking garlic husks in hot water so they peal easier.
As expert chef Manveena Walia told us: “If you want to make a good curry, you have to know your onions.”
We marvelled as the cardamom pods, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves literally popped in the pan, before adding our onions to get that classic Rogan red colour.
By the time the dish was finished, the result was unbelievably delicious.
For more information about the six week course, which includes vegetarian options, visit www.somersetcurry.co.uk. Another more advanced course will run from the end of the month at weekends.
Alternatively, book a place with the curry club at Combwich Village Hall on November 16.
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