Month: December 2018

Lamb Hearts

A good butcher should be like the family fishmonger – once found, nurtured as a friend for keeps.

I’m lucky to have an excellent halal butcher just down the road from me. Bless him and his staff, their meat is always good … aye, but they’re not “bilingual” in the languages of butchery. (more…)

Mutton Nihari

My kind of meat stew – once tried in a Bradford restaurant, and not forgotten. The meat was a cheap (the best!) cut, cooked VERY long and slow to fall apart, with the bones for maximum flavour.

Served simply, with naan or chapati, and a garnish of fresh coriander leaves, slivers of ginger, and lemon wedges.

Fish Heads

We’ve been going to the same fishmonger in Leeds Market for … oh lordy, 25 years! Or more? We’ve seen them through two generations of family running the business; we’ve seen their young assistants graduate to running their own market businesses. They’ve seen me through from young and married to crumbly-and-curmudgeonly, and our children from pushchair through to graduation and their weddings. Buying fish is a “family meet-up”. (more…)