Tag: Frugality

Oxtail

The Good Lord was wise in his creation. Took a few days to get it right, but you gotta give it to him – he made a damned good job of the cow. All those steaks and joints and all. Good beef for frying and grilling and stewing. Keeps foodies and carnivores the world over quiet.

But he hid the BEST in the bit nobody wants to eat, at the cheap end … (more…)

A pound of sprats

After the joy of cooking succulent fresh sardines for the first time last week, I could only fall. Utterly and foolishly seduced by the wink of a near-wriggling-fresh silvery sprat on the fishmonger’s slab. Oh lordy. I restrained myself and “only” bought a pound of the tiny darlings. Foolish when I’m cooking for myself alone? (more…)

Koshari

Cairo street food. Gut-splittingly satisfying. And simple.

On the street in Egypt, the vendor will have three enormous trays, with cooked macaroni, cooked rice, and cooked brown lentils; and three pots/dishes of a tomato-based sauce, golden brown onions (“dried and fried” to crisp perfection), and a flavoursome fiery hot chilli sauce to add if the customer wishes.

It’s a wonderful culinary ballet; watching the Mu’allim (Boss) juggling his staff, to ensure all the component pots are constantly replenished, while tossing together the main ingredients in a bowl for each customer.  All in the fragilely good-natured frenzy of a Cairo fast-food lunch stop. (more…)