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The Curry Guy: Recreate Over 100 of the Best British Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home
The Curry Guy: Recreate Over 100 of the Best British Indian Restaurant Recipes at Home
by Dan Toombs
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £6.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome cookbook, 12 Aug. 2017
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There's an awful lot of snobbery around British Indian Restaurant (BIR) food these days. In any group of diners in a BIR there is always one bore who has to come out with the line "real Indian food is nothing like this". Yes, we KNOW, thanks. But it's a style of food all of its own, and yes, even though there is a mass-produced element to it with the use of base sauces and spice blends common to most dishes, it's a popular style.

For many years I have had some cookbooks by Pat Chapman who wrote a number of cookbooks based around this BIR style with common sauces and spice blends, but those small paperbacks are getting a bit faded, dirty and dog-eared now and apart from anything else could do with a bit of an update - even BIR food is not necessarily quite the same as it was 20 years ago and there are dishes on menus nowadays which weren't seen back then. Virtually all Indian cookbooks these days fall into the snobbish camp, promising to show us the REAL India. Nothing wrong with that, and I have plenty of such cookbooks myself, but there seems to have been a dearth of BIR-style books, so this is most welcome.

By its very nature with the use of aforesaid base sauces and spice blends, there can be a considerable amount of work to be done before beginning, and you would have to be something of a regular curry eater as a result of the quantities made. (Yes, you could make smaller quantities, but if doing these sauces you may as well make a batch load while you're doing it and stick in the freezer.)

My only complaint is that something could have been said about doing vegetarian versions of the main dishes - I'm not vegetarian but trying to cut down on meat consumption - OK it's not beyond the wit of man to improvise here but some suggestions about vegetables to use and their preparation wouldn't have gone amiss (beyond the one recipe for fried peppers which is intended as an additional element for some of the meat dishes).


BIOGLAN Inulin
BIOGLAN Inulin
Price: £11.03

3.0 out of 5 stars Shop around, 11 Aug. 2017
This review is from: BIOGLAN Inulin (Personal Care)
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Inulin is a soluble fibre which is easy to take, unlike psyllium husk which I used in the past (which is quite gritty and swells up very quickly). Personally I use it in smoothies, but its use is far from limited to that.

Soluble fibre is said to have a number of benefits in terms of gut health, but one claim I see in other reviews here is to supposedly improve sleep. I have never heard that one before, and I can say quite definitely that it has done nothing whatsoever for me on that front (I have been taking inulin for about 8 months now and I have actually been having sleep problems for a while).

This particular brand is as good as any other I have used in its quality, but it's ultra-expensive compared to others. Previous brands I have purchased you can get for half this price, and indeed considerably less than half the price weight for weight if you buy these other brands' larger 1kg packs. Shop around.


Philosophy of the Earlier Stoics
Philosophy of the Earlier Stoics
by Diogenes of Babylon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.14

2.0 out of 5 stars Excerpts of Cicero, 10 Aug. 2017
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It's a bit of a trap for the unwary wanting to read more original Stoic sources than just the Big Four, seeing names like Diogenes of Babylon, Panaetius and Posidonius in the title here. In fact it's all excerpts from Cicero who to some extent quoted or borrowed from some Stoic sources including those named, and it therefore by no means covers all the fragments we know of (there were many authors in antiquity who quoted Stoic writers, not just Cicero, and a collection of these was made in the early 20th century by Hans von Arnim in the "Stoicorum Veterum Fragmenta", sadly still not translated into English), nor are the excerpts of Cicero which are here particularly extensive. The excerpts are all taken from freely available public domain translations of Cicero's works. Go and find them instead.


The Unknown God: Negative Theology in the Platonic Tradition: Plato to Eriugena
The Unknown God: Negative Theology in the Platonic Tradition: Plato to Eriugena
by Deirdre Carabine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £30.00

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview, 8 Aug. 2017
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I'm not really going to add to the other review here but simply back it up. This book provides an excellent overview of two "trajectories" of negative theology, firstly from Plato through to the Middle Platonists and finding it fullest expression in Plotinus and Proclus, and secondly from Philo of Alexandria through to Gregory of Nyssa, (somewhat surprisngly) Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius and Eriugena.


Kaukasis The Cookbook: The culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & beyond
Kaukasis The Cookbook: The culinary journey through Georgia, Azerbaijan & beyond
by Olia Hercules
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.00

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Herculean task?, 6 Aug. 2017
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Geographically sandwiched between Europe and the Middle East the cuisine featured here from Georgia and Azerbaijan (mostly Georgia it seems, skimming through the recipes) likewise occupies the middle ground between the (in my personal opinion) somewhat bland Eastern European dishes and the (in my personal opinion) somewhat more exciting flavours to be found in the kitchens of Turkey and Iran.

Olia Hercules, ethnically Armenian, whose parents lived in Baku, Azerbaijan, but born in Kiev, Ukraine after her family was displaced in the Nagorno-Karabkh war, has travelled to her ancestral lands to gather recipes. Unashamedly rustic and consequently largely vegetarian (and the meat dishes include a number with the likes of tripe and chicken hearts & gizzards), this is a fascinating view into the region’s food, and Ms Hercules’ style reminds me rather of Diana Henry.

Her love and enthusiasm for this food is clear, but will British home cooks take to it in great numbers as well? I think there are a few obstacles here. Firstly the aforementioned rusticity may not be all that attractive for many. Secondly the kind of ingredients used; British palates have been spoiled over the last few decades with a wide variety of exciting flavours from all corners of the world, and the simpler tastes from the mountains of the Caucuses may not light their fires – referring back to my above comments, these recipes are not inspiring me as much as those from Anatolia and Persia. Thirdly, the difficulty of finding some of the ingredients, a number of which are totally unfamiliar. Blue fenugreek abounds, which, we are assured, is a totally different beast to the familiar fenugreek. Then there is marigold powder, matsoni yoghurt (with special bacteria), Alycha plums, ombalo (a mint variety), ekala (some kind of spinach like plant, apparently), ramson bulbs, twarog cheese, suluguni cheese, jonjoli flowers, and a host of other ingredients which, though hardly unknown to Britain, will be rather difficult for me to source where I live. Granted many of these have alternatives, but then it’s not really authentic if you have to replace so many components. Maybe if you live near the Georgian or Azeri quarters of London – I have no idea if such exist, but there seems to be communities from every country in the world in London – you might have a chance.

It’s an interesting book without a doubt, but getting people in this country to make significant use of this book and cook from it rather than relegate it to coffee table status may prove to be for Ms Hercules a, er, Herculean task.

3½ stars, rounded up.
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Pukka Turmeric Gold Tea - 20 Teabags (Pack of 4)
Pukka Turmeric Gold Tea - 20 Teabags (Pack of 4)
Offered by Blukoo
Price: £10.33

4.0 out of 5 stars A quite palatable turmeric infusion, 6 Aug. 2017
The earthiness of turmeric does not make for the most palatable of drinks. I have in the past made a drink combining it with almond milk, coconut oil and some black pepper (supposed to increase the absorption of the anti-inflammatory compounds), ginger, cinnamon and honey, the other spices improving the taste somewhat. Pukka have made a decent job with this infusion of blending flavours to make a drinkable brew along with green tea, lemon flavourings to cutting through the earthiness, and sweetness from licorice (seemingly ubiquitous in Pukka teas) and cardamom.

Ingredients:
Turmeric root (40%)
Pin Ho Wild Jade green tea (20%)
Licorice root
Cardamom pod
Lemon essential oil flavour (6%)
Lemon whole (6%)
Lemon verbena leaf


The Stoic Idea of the City
The Stoic Idea of the City
by Malcolm Schofield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Zeno's "Republic" revisited, 6 Aug. 2017
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A brief (c. 100 pages of main text, plus an extra c. 50 pages of appendices) volume, which is nevertheless an intense and involved discussion presenting a number of propositions and hypotheses around Zeno of Citium's lost "Republic". Malcolm Schofield with considerable plausibility of argument rescues and rehabilitates Zeno from many of the accusations made against him by later anti-Stoic philosophers. No longer need we see the "Republic" as an embarrassing piece of quasi-Cynic juvenilia disowned by the later Stoics.


Talking the Talk Spanish
Talking the Talk Spanish
by Mick Webb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A half-decent introduction to conversational Spanish, 6 Aug. 2017
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Aimed at a combination of perfecting the sounds of Spanish and being able to hold a conversation, it's presumably designed as an adjunct to a more formal course with deeper discussion of grammar and is described as being for someone who has already done a few basics, but I think this could easily serve as a standalone introductory 'immersion' course (and there is a grammar summary at the back). It's all very modern, up to date and topical (for example, being the BBC, only a handful of pages in you learn how to tell someone you are gay/lesbian/bisexual/transsexual/transgender/in a civil partnership, and later on you learn how to talk about immigrants and austerity measures). There are accompanying audio files and PDF files for download - the audio files include pronunciation and conversational pieces, the former have no real equivalent as such in the text of the book and the latter, although they have the transcripts in the book, are not numbered there. These facts make it a bit difficult to tie the two together and a bit more thought could have been put into doing this. Nevertheless a useful looking tool for acquiring some conversational Spanish.


Trentham Estate Winery La Famiglia Nebbiolo 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Trentham Estate Winery La Famiglia Nebbiolo 2013 Wine 75 cl (Case of 3)
Price: £33.87

4.0 out of 5 stars A light Nebbiolo from Australia, 5 Aug. 2017
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I'd never come across a Nebbiolo from outside Italy so was intrigued to give this Australian grown example a go. It's very much lighter in style than your typical 'native' offering, and you can see that right from pouring with the more translucent colouring. Soft and fruity with berry flavours and a longish finish, it's a nice wine for sure but without that richness that I am looking for and expecting when I buy a Nebbiolo I can't see this as something I would purchase again.


Leitz Wow Display Book with 20 Pockets - Purple
Leitz Wow Display Book with 20 Pockets - Purple
Price: £4.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Decent display book, 5 Aug. 2017
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Paper slides in and out of the pockets very easily. The plastic of the pockets is reasonably transparent providing a clear view of the contents, though they can reflect a bit of glare of light. Appears well made and has a feel of durability, it might seem a bit pricey for what it is but in comparison with similar products of not quite so good quality it's probably reasonable.


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