Wednesday, 30 November 2011


It's time for another curry.

KEEMA MATTAR  (Lamb Mince with Garden Peas).

1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
2 Cardomoms
4 Cloves
2 Kashmiri dried red chilis
1 tsp ground turmeric
Salt to taste
Tsp of sugar

3 Large Tomatoes
5 Cloves Garlic
15g Ginger peeled weight

8 Curry Leaves
50cm Cinamon stick
1 Green chili whole but pierced

1 Onion
500g Lamb Mince

Half tsp Garam masala
Mug of Frozen garden peas

To Cook:

In a spice grinder, grind the red chillis, cloves, cardomoms, cumin seeds and coriander seeds.
Set aside.
In a blender, Blend the garlic, Ginger and tomatoes with a splash of water.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan until hot, then add the curry leaves, cinamom and green chilli, sizzle for 10 seconds and add the onion. Cook until well browned.
Add the blended paste and cook with the onions for about five minutes on a moderate heast.
Now add the mince and all the ground spices and sugar along with the turmeric and salt.
Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook for twenty minutes, adding a little water if the mixture becomes too dry.
Add the frozen peas and cook on low until the peas are cooked. Stir in th Garam Masala and serve.

Good with rice or Chapatis.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Days on the Shore

As a young boy, I would walk with my friends from Thornhill, down to Weston Shore and we'd spend hours mucking about on the beach, overturning stones as the tide went out to see what was underneath them, foraging around the Seaweed Hut, although it was quite battered and surrounded with barbed wire.
Even today, my wife and I, take our dog to Netley Victoria country park via Weston Shore and as we go past, I still think about those days, how I used to come out of the water with the odd bit of tar attached to my toes. It was never the cleanest stretch of water, but when you were kids, it didn't matter.
Back then my parents were not very well off and so a trip to Weston Shore was as good as Bournemouth.
Today, it still is, a very interesting place to go and just sit and watch the day go by.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The following is some information I found on Southampton city council archives.

Seaweed Hut, Weston Shore

Seaweed Hut, Weston Shore

 The Seaweed Hut was once a familiar site on Weston Shore. It dated back to at least 1783; it is shown on an Admiralty chart of that date. It was demolished by the Council in 1967 after falling into disrepair. The hut, which was built of dry seaweed around a wooden frame, was probably built by local fishermen. It was used to store fishing tackle and as a shelter. Legend connects it with smuggling in the 18th century.

It's Curry Night Again!

Lamb Keema with Spinach

1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
10g ginger peeled weight

1 tsp each of coriander, cumin and turmeric.
Half tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste
Small tin chopped tomatoes

3 tblsps veg oil

400g minced lamb
200g frozen or fresh spinach

To Cook:

Heat the oil in a saucepan, on a moderate heat, add the onion, ginger and garlic
Fry until golden. Add the lamb and spices and brown the meat

Add the tinned tomatoes and salt to taste, stir  and cook on a simmer for twenty minutes.
Add a splash of water if the mixture starts to dry out.

Finally stir in the Spinach and cook until it has wilted down.

Turn off the heat and leave for five minutes.  Serve with boiled rice or Chapattis


Southampton has got some of the best curry houses around.
Here are three of my favourites

The Coriander Lounge  Below Bar in the city centre, this is a superb curry house, but it's always busy so you need to book!

Jewels Indian Restaurant  This is one of the finest Indian Restaurants I know. Jewel and his staff will make sure your visit is a memorable one, they even cater for people trying to lose a little weight.
The Restaurant is modern, fully air-conditioned and the food is superb!

Kuti's in Oxford Street, Southampton has been well established for many years and serves fine cuisine.
It is on two floors and is very popular. So check you can get a table before you leave home.

Sunday, 20 November 2011


Not so many years ago, if you needed to get from Woolston to Southampton you had either to travel about 4 miles by road or cross the river Itchen by chain link ferry. As a young boy my dad would take me down to the slipway at Woolston and watch the Floating Bridge come in, drop it's landing platform and see the cars, pushbikes and people getting off. On one occasion i saw a young chap, who was obviously late, riding his bike for all his worth down the slipway, getting off and throwing his bike on the departing ferry, only to see it fall short and into the water. Although it only took four minutes to cross, as a young boy it was an exciting experience!
Now, sadly the days of the chainlink ferry are long gone and in it's place is the 'New Itchen Bridge'.
If you want to board one of the original Chainlink Ferries you can. It is now a restaurant called The Ferry Restaurant  The food is very good, it's only a small restaurant so you will probably need to book.

Saturday, 19 November 2011


Another shining light in this great city is Southampton Football Club.
Under the guidance of Nicolas Cortese and  manager Nigel Adkins The Saints are currently riding high at the top of the Championship.
And to be fair, they fully deserve it, after watching them thump a resilient Brighton team 3-0 today.
Quite simply they are the best team by far, on the South Coast!

Curry night 3

Prawn Curry with coconut

30g ginger cut into thin juliennes
1 medium onion
300g peeled cooked prawns
Salt to taste
4 tblsps veg oil
Half tsp Cumin seeds
6 Curry leaves
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
Quarter tsp chilli powder
1 green chilli sliced lengthways seeds removed
Half tsp turmeric
1 400g tin coconut milk
Small handful toasted Almond flakes

To Cook:
Heat oil in shallow pan
Add ginger, cumin seeds, Curry leaves
And fry for 15 secs
Add the onion and cook until soft
Add the rest of spices and chillies
Continue to cook on moderate heat for 5 minutes
Add coconut milk and prawns cook until prawns are done and add almond flakes
Serve with rice.

Thursday, 17 November 2011


Just read a great article in the Southern Daily Echo about High Street and Bugle Street.
Really interesting, you will find it at:
Actually if you haven't visited old Southampton, you should make the effort.

Calling America.
Are there any people out there in America that are originally from Southampton UK?
Let me know and tell me about your memories.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Southampton to revive the Tram?

If its true, this is great news!
Apparently Southampton council is planning to restore an original city Tram that last saw service in the 1940's.
The plan is to run it from Old Southampton along the waterfront.



400G Lean diced Lamb
200g spinach
1 onion chopped
6 garlic cloves 3 tomatoes
20g root ginger chopped
4 cloves
2 Black Cardomoms
5cm cinamom stick
5 tblsps Veg Oil
2 Bay Leaves
3 Green Chillies pierced
3/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1tblsp coriander
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 tsp Salt or to taste

To Cook

Fry the whole spices in oil for 30secs
Add onion and fry until golden 8-10 mins
Meanwhile blitz the toms, garlic and ginger with a little water in a blender until smooth
add the blended mixture to the pot along with all the powdered spices and salt
cook over moderate heat for ten minutes
add the lamb and saute over heat for five or six minutes
add enough water to cover meat bring to a boil and simmer with lid on for 60 mins or until lamb is tender.
using half a tblsp veg oil fry the green chillis for a minute drain with a slotted spoon and add to the curry with the Garam Masala, then add the spinach and cook until wilted.
by this time the sauce should be thick, if not cook uncovered over a high heat for a few minutes more.
Serve with Rice.

'til Dusk!

Want a great night out?
Try Goblets in. Southampton on 20th November.
Live music from Southamptons finest 'til Dusk.
It's a donation entrance fee.
'til Dusk are another reason to big up this city!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Southampton then and now

Just a very short Blog, to say that I met a book writer called Penny Legg at one of her signings. She has written a book about Southampton,Called "Southampton then & Now", which has got some amazing pictures in it.
So if your interested go out and buy it!

Armistice day

In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place, and in the sky
The Larks, still bravely singing, fly scarce heard amid the guns below

We are the Dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and we're loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If he break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae

Friday, 11 November 2011


Staying in tonight, how about a nice curry?
Try a Punjabi Chicken recipe, it's delicious!
You will need:
500g Chicken pieces bone in
15g ginger
8 cloves of garlic
4 green cardamoms
2 black cardamoms
2" piece of cinnamon
4 cloves
salt to taste
3-4 green chillies whole but pierced
1 large onion sliced
3 tomatoes
1 tbl spoon of ground coriander
1.5 tsps of ground cumin
half tsp turmeric
quarter tsp chili powder
handful of chopped coriander leaves

To Cook:
brown the onions well in 5 tablespoons of veg oil for about 8mins
meanwhile in a blender blitz the tomatoes, garlic and ginger with a little water until smooth
add the cardamoms, green chillies, cinnamon and cloves to the pot and cook for a further 2 mins.
remove skin from the chicken and add to the pot and brown for 5 mins.
add the blended ingredients powdered spices and salt  with half a  cup of water cook for a further 5 mins.
add enough warm water to come half way up the chicken and cook on a low heat for 20 mins or until the chicken is cooked turn off the heat and add the chopped coriander and serve.

Thursday, 10 November 2011


I now know what has happened to the museum. Unfortunately it has closed and all the artefacts have been moved to the new Sea City Museum in the centre of Southampton.  If you want to know more about the museum click on the following link: Gods House Tower

So a brand new museum is built in the centre of Southampton with funds from who knows where and a museum that was housed in original old city walls is closed and mothballed!

Well done Southampton City Council again!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011


So, whats happened to The Gods House Museum? Can anyone tell me if it's still open. If it is then Southampton City Council are doing a great job advertising it, because i've not heard a thing about it for years! anybody know?

Sunday, 6 November 2011


The Spitfire memorial looks like it will finally be built, providing funding is in place, it will give us all something else to be proud of in this great city. Over the next few years, the waterfront area, near the Royal Pier is also going to be redeveloped, lets hope the planners get it right!
Lets hope it is built in such a way, that it brings tourism to Southampton, because at the moment, though it pains me to say it, Portsmouth's Gun Wharf Quays is the place to go.
I remember when Ocean Village was first developed into a commercial venture, it failed!
The new development is better, but it could have been a little more interesting, ie: more retail units, more eateries and maybe even more features which would reflect Southampton's Maritime history, like a Titanic Museum, Oh.. the City planners have already built it, in the centre of town!?

Changing the subject slightly, Labour leader David Miliband has come out in suppport of the St Pauls Cathedral protesters, God help us if he ever leads this country!