Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Lamb, Spinach and Chickpea Curry

Lamb, spinach and chickpea curry:-

Gently fry one chopped onion and 2 cloves chopped garlic.  Add 3 tsps garam masala, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp chilli (or to taste), 1 tsp ground ginger and gently fry for 2 minutes.  Add 1 tin chopped tomatoes and stir.  Leave for 1 minute and add 350 diced lamb.  Put lid on saucepan and simmer for hour or so until lamb almost completely soft.  Add one tin chickpeas (drained) and add 1/2 - 3/4 bag baby spinach and cook until wilted.  That's it pretty much I think.  

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Got the Winter blues? Feeling low? L

Come and join us in West End Copse on Saturday 21st February for a breath of fresh air and a friendly walk around the woods. We are a local group, recently set up, to look after our copse and we welcome anyone who wants to help take care of it. This is our first get together this year and we will just be assessing work that needs to be done. The more the merrier! Looking forward to welcoming you…

Friends of West End Copse

Sunday, 19 January 2014

West End Copse update

Just a short note to let you know of our first Action Day of 2014.
We are going to start work clearing some of the paths in the copse. Anybody who is interested, we are meeting at Townhill Community centre at 10.30am on Saturday 22nd Feb. Tools will be supplied, make sure to wear suitable footwear. Hopefully a Bacon roll might tempt you!

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Friends of West End Copse

Just had the second committee meeting of Friends of West End Copse. The meeting discussed the setting of dates for action to clear pathways in the copse. The first work will begin the third Saturday in February. If your interested in helping, keep in touch with my Blog for further information.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Delicious Bombay Aloo


Two handfuls New potatoes cooked and allowed to cool
Tblsp Olive oil
1 large knob of butter
Tsp Cumin ground
Half tsp ground asafoetida
Tsp crushed Garlic
1 chopped green chilli
Salt to taste


Heat oil and butter in frying pan stir in garlic, chillies followed by all the other spices.
Lower the heat to stop the spices burning.
Add the cooked potatoes and coat with the spice mixture.
Now the clever bit. Give the potatoes a little bash on top to release a little starch into the sauce.
 Now add a splash of water, stir and serve.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Head in the sand

Once again Southampton city council make a mistake.
We had the chance to host the Clipper race again here in Southampton, but in their wisdom the council decided that £500,000 would be too much to pay.
The fact that it would probably bring twice that amount into the city, as well as put us well and truly at the forefront of world sailing, seems to have passed them by.
This council has once again shown us that it has no real drive or ambition!

Sunday, 23 June 2013



This is traditionally a Greek winter dish and it's delicious!


1 tblsp olive oil
100g butter
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 mug dry red wine
1 tblsp wine vinegar
pinch cumin
pinch cinnamon
700g stewing steak
700g small white onions
2 tblsps tomato puree
1 tsp salt
1 large bay leaf

Heat 50g butter and the olive oil in a casserole pot and fry the onions and garlic for five minutes.
Gently brown the meat on all sides, then stir in the tomato puree for a further minute.
Now add the cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf and salt. Mix well.
Add the red wine, the wine vinegar and gently cook for five minutes. Now add enough hot water to almost cover the meat, cover and simmer on a low heat for about two hours until the meat is tender.
Meanwhile soak the small onions in hot water for five minutes and peel the skin off.
Drain well and fry the onions in the remaining butter until browned. Set aside.

Once the meat is cooked through add the onions and cook for a further 30 minutes.

Taste, adjust seasoning and serve.