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How to cook nasi goreng

I was in the Thai food shop on Albert Road one day when this lady asked the shopkeeper whether she has any packet spice for nasi goreng. The shopkeeper and her mother broke out into a conference in Thai, the upshot being that they had no idea what nasi goreng was.

Nasi goreng is not a Thai dish and that was partly why the shopkeeper had no idea. It is an Indonesian dish and it is so easy to make that I wanted to teach the lady there and then how to cook it.

A few weeks have passed by and I'm still thinking about this poor woman looking for the nasi goreng. Here's the recipe and if you heard of anyone mentioning this recipe, point her or him to this blog!

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian for fried rice)

A bowl of cooked rice
1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
a handful of peas, fresh, frozen or tinned
some diced carrots
some sliced shallots
1 clove of garlic, chopped
an egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

If you have a wok, it's great, if not a wide based frying pan is fi…

Perfect summer rolls

For years I have adored the Vietnamese rice paper rolls, but I thought I could only get them at Vietnamese restaurants. I first tasted this in America, where Vietnamese restaurants were the closest I could get to authentic Asian food.

Trying to find something that my gluten-intolerant friend could eat, I searched and found the recipe for the rolls, which many call 'summer rolls'. I was so amazed to find that they are very easy to make and so I thought I should share it with you because these are fun to eat as well with their dipping sauce and can be made ahead.

(Makes 8)
16 large raw, peeled prawns
1 block of rice vermicelli
4 sprigs of mint, leaves picked
4 sprigs of coriander
2 strands of chives, cut into 10cm lengths (optional)
1 carrot, peeled and grated
¼ cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks
1 soft lettuce, ½ shredded
4 tbsp salted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
8 rice paper wrappers

For the dipping sauce:
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 garlic clove,…

Trio Apaches in Portsmouth Guildhall

TrioApaches Matthew Trusler violin, Thomas Carroll cello, Ashley Wass piano
BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in D, Op. 70 No. 1 The Ghost MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66   RAVEL Piano Trio in A minor
TrioApaches is built on the great friendship between three of the UK’s most respected soloists and colleagues: Matthew Trusler, Thomas Carroll and Ashley Wass. They collaborate under a name first used in the early 1900s by a group of ‘artistic outcasts’ including Ravel and Stravinsky.
TrioApaches have quickly been embraced on the international concert scene and are unanimously praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of their performances and the innovative nature of their programmes. They share a desire to focus on innovative projects and challenging cross-genre collaborations, as well as to present masterworks of the trio repertoire in unfamiliar contexts.
Date: Monday 24th April, 2017 Time: 7.30pm Venue: Portsmouth Guildhall Tickets: £17, concession £15, available fr…