Have you ever had times where you’ve been challenged, where there’s been something that you know you can do much, much better if you just cracked a little piece of technique, if somebody simply showed you how?
Yes? It’s true for all of us, and one of my blind spots used to be French style patisserie.
I’ve made all sorts of things like this before, and I’ve always ended up with reasonably tasty bread, but the results felt like they could have been … tidier.
My croissants looked a bit scratty, a bit too rustic, not French enough. I just needed showing how to roll them out properly, how to form them into a shape that let those glorious laminated layers of butter explode outwards instead of collapsing in on themselves.
It’s all about technique.
So, I took a little trip up the Colne valley to a small town called Slaithwaite (it’s pronounced ‘Slaw-itt’ by the locals, and incorrectly by everybody else) to learn how to make French patisserie properly. More…
The World Curry Festival draws together the tastes of the Sub-Continent, the Caribbean, Thailand, Malaysia and South America into one three-day celebration of the glorious curry.
When and where?
The 21st to 23rd June, 2013, between the fountains of the brand new City Park in Bradford, in the shadows of the most stunning town hall in the whole of Britain.
Let’s not be coy about this … we Bradfordians know a thing or two about curry.
We’ve all been eating it since we were very, very young indeed, and we’re quite demanding in our tastes. We like our Asian food to be made properly, with fire and passion, with the freshest ingredients, full of life and character.
If anything fuels this city, it’s curry.
If you’re going to hold a festival dedicated to curry, it really has to be staged in the mighty city of Bradford, and there are no better places for this sort of thing than the superb City Park. That development, sneered at and mocked right through its incarnation and realisation, has proved to be a revelation – a flexible, inspiring, fun, open space that fits perfectly into the heart and culture of the city.