It's been a lovely few days made even more lovely by the fact that a near and dear friend of ours chose the God sent bank holiday as the setting for his beautiful wedding. I love weddings, not only because you are in the presence of love and are witnessing a "soul's counterpoint in another" (John Beckwith, Wedding Crashers- great film), but because you are also in the presence of truly scrummy food. Yes, I am the shameful person at the wedding who follows the waiters and/or tips them to come straight to me.
Well, this wedding was no different, and if I may, I would like to single out my favourite item of Monday's event- the Paneer starter- OMG, I know I was literally eating my waistline, but it was sooo worth it. In that moment I realised that heaven did indeed exist at the end of a cocktail stick, and further lead me to believe that all things really do taste better in bite size. Starters are always better than mains, fact. So, next post I thought, I will make my own little treat.
Now I know not a lot of people like veg. I know even fewer like lady's fingers, but people, people, people…give this a try, I promise, it is good eating! Sweet and Salty Lady Finger Fries
Makes 7 Fries
1. 1/2 cup gram flour
2. 1/2 cup self raising flour
3. 1 tsp ground roasted jeera
4. 1 tsp whole jeera seeds
5. 1/2 tsp paprika powder
6. 1/2 cup of water
7. 7 Lady's fingers
8. Oil to fry
9. Handul of Sesame seeds
10. 1 tsp honey
11. Salt to season
1. Heat the oil in a deep pan.
2. Mix ingredients 1-6 together. This should make a thick batter.
3. Now dip in your Lady's fingers, and deep fry.
4. Drain on tissue and drizzle the honey over the top and add the sesame seeds, salt and basil.
If you seriously can't deal with lady's fingers, then try with mushrooms or aubergine or potatoes. They might not be Lady's fingers, but they'll still be finger lick in' good!