The Beef and Chicken sections are now finished.

Our Favourite Recipes: A Cookbook for Food Lovers

Having now written up the first two sections of the cookbook, I thought I would share the contents here should anybody be curious to know which dishes will be covered. I admit  that I’m not a big beef eater, so there are naturally more chicken-based recipes, and as you will also see I am an ardent lover of curries too. I can also assure you that all of these recipes have been thoroughly road-tested, and will not disappoint once cooked and served up, and the theme here is about quality and not quantity, therefore each of these dishes easily speak for themselves.

On a personal level I’m very excited about this cookbook, and will stress that it’s been a genuine labour of love both cooking and adapting them ahead of my putting everything in one convenient point of reference.

Content-wise, my current estimations indicate there will be a total of 245+ recipes when the book is finished next spring/summer, and rest assured, there will plenty of dishes to  sink your teeth into when it’s finally published (if you’ll excuse the pun) and as each section is completed I will list their contents here first.

Beef


Beef Recipes


(1) Beef Bourguignon

(2) Beef Goulash

(3) Beef and Potato Curry

(4) Chilli-Con-Carne

(5) Curried Meatballs

(6) Curried Mince Beef with Peas

(7) Homemade Beefburgers

(8) Italian Meatballs

(9) Lasagne

(10) Shepherd’s Pie

(11) Spaghetti Bolognese

Chicken


Chicken Recipes


(1) Baked Cardamom Chicken Curry

(2) Bengali Chicken

(3) Braised Chicken Curry

(4) Burmese Chicken Curry

(5) Caribbean Chicken Curry

(6) Chettinad Chicken Curry

(7) Chicken and Basil Fried Rice

(8) Chicken with Black Bean Sauce

(9) Chicken and Cardamom Curry

(10) Chicken and Green Bean Curry

(11) Chicken Kukupaka

(12) Chicken Stew

(13) Chicken Vindaloo

(14) Coconut and Soy Chicken

(15) Coriander Chicken

(16) Crispy Chicken and Tomatoes

(17) Delhi Hunter Chicken Curry

(18) Goan Chicken Moelho

(19) Jerk Chicken

(20) Kerala Chicken Curry

(21) Malay Chicken Curry

(22) Nagore Chicken Curry

(23) Nonya Chicken Curry

(24) Rizala Chicken

(25) Singapore Style Chicken Curry

(26) Special Chow Mein

(27) Sri-Lankan Curried Chicken

(28) Thai Fried Rice

(29) Thai Green Curry

(30) Trinidadian Curried Chicken

(31) Vietnamese Chicken Curry

(32) Yellow Curried Chicken

First Blood (1982)

Film Blogs

First Blood (1982)

“Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe.” – John J.Rambo

It could easily be described as ‘a tale as old as time’ or a collection of proverbs that serve to remind, (let sleeping dogs lie, never judge a book by its cover etc.) but First Blood is a film that immediately secures its place in movie history despite appearing as a shallow kill frenzy designed to glorify violence. Dig a little deeper than the knuckle-and-teeth clenching and what you find is a tale of camaraderie, brotherhood and one man standing up for his right to exist beyond the misguided aggression that discrimination fuels.

When I first saw this celluloid vengeance vehicle I absorbed absolutely none of those virtues, rather I revelled in the ‘fuck you’ sentiment John Rambo stood for; yet as mother time rolls by and as with many films of its genre, I have wound up looking past the gung-ho brawling and into the eyes and hearts of the men involved.

Lets start with John Rambo, (Sylvester Stallone) the protagonist in this mountainous skirmish. This is a man who after returning home from the hell we now call Vietnam, learns that one of his few remaining friends and brothers-in-arms is now prematurely dead through chemical weapon exposure on the battlefield. With little or no time to process this unexpected loss, he sets off on foot to find a place to rest, refuel and think about what just happened.

Enter Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy), a man who never got the memo when virtues such as manners, integrity and tolerance were handed out. Basing his entire judgment on a facial expression and haircut, this contemptuous buffoon sets about denying an innocent traveller food, shelter and a place to sit; blissfully ignorant to the fact that the visitor in question served his country and risked his life to protect the same liberties he is now being stripped of.

Completing this circle of karma is one Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna) the only man capable of helping John Rambo regain his place in civilian life. He is sequestered to this small back wood town not long after events unfurl, only to discover that for absolutely no good reason or justifiable doubt, Sheriff Teasle has both managed to start all manner of trouble (despite his assignment to prevent it in the first place) and jeopardise the lives of everybody within a ten mile radius.

These three narrative elements alone make First Blood compelling to watch, but what really manages to punctuate the underlying message is witnessed in the final moments of the film. Delivering more impact than anything preceding it, a scene of incredible vulnerability between two military figures plays out; a pseudo father-and-son relationship that defies American male culture and achieves more than was perhaps appreciated back in 1982.

It is the power of this closing act that always manages to bring a lump to my throat, as I am sure it does many other men of my generation, and yet that power has nothing to do with bravery or strength, but everything to do with the human condition; to reach out when we need help and to admit defeat when it all gets too much. Those are the moments when we get to grow, flourish and live that little bit longer, and John Rambo may not have been a man of many words, but his character represented many men such as I when it came to the need for understanding and being understood.