Sunday round up. 21/02/2016

Sunday round up. 21/02/2016

This week has been a little up and down.

Mainly ups, but some downs. Then I read this article thanks to my best friend, Jodie, and things seemed to gain a little perspective. If you haven’t yet read it, I urge you to. I think it’s applicable to most people. It’s addressed “To Anyone Who Thinks They’re Falling Behind In Life” but is a particular good read if you’re possibly, potentially, maybe having a brief  ‘mid-twenties’ crisis. You’re welcome.

A highlight of this week, without a shadow of a doubt, was curry night at my old man’s. It’s also his birthday today – so shout out to Pete and happy birthday from your number one favourite blogger, Sophie’s Scran!

Dad loves curry. He always has done, always will do. His recent stint living in north Manchester and desire to take a ‘healthier’ approach to eating curry almost daily, saw him ditch the takeways and has started making his own from scratch instead.

Curry Night at Dads (9)

chicken tikka, wholespices and spices simmering in the pan with masala gravy

Inspired by a cookbook he got this Christmas (Atul Kochhar’s Curries of the World), he’s been experimenting will all sorts of new, authentic Indian flavours and techniques. So on Wednesday he made Atul’s British chicken tikka masala complete with homemade chapatis and chickpea dhal. Served with wholespice infused basmati rice. We even tweeted a picture to the twice Michelin starred man himself (Atul, that is), and he kindly tweeted back with his approval. Well done, Dad!



Curry Night at Dads (10)

homemade fresh chapatis, ready to be dry-fried in the skillet

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puffing up to perfection, Dad’s homemade chapatis

homemade masala gravy - the basis of many curries in Atul's book

homemade masala gravy – the basis of many curries in Atul’s book

the finished feast <3

Sticking with the positives, we are dog-sitting this week for Brad’s parents. It’s so lovely to have their staffy/collie cross, Vinnie, with us this week. We took him on a three hour trek around Tatton Park yesterday, which also gave me the opportunity to browse their food offerings…

In the Housekeeper’s Store they sell all sorts of fancy local ingredients including venison reared on site. I’m making a Moroccan tagine for friends next week, so picked up some mutton, which I thought might be nice instead of lamb. All will be revealed next week!

In the meantime, here’s a cute picture of Vinnie absolutely living the dream after his walk!

It's a dog's life!

It’s a dog’s life!

Have YOU had a good week? I sure hope so. Happy Sunday, anyway.

Sophie -x-



  1. 22nd February 2016 / 9:49 am

    Love Atul Kochhar recipes, my favourite book is Simple Indian, some really easy, tasty recipes in there

    • 22nd February 2016 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, Tania! I will certainly look into that as I love Indian cooking and my Dad also agrees his recipes are great!

      • 22nd February 2016 / 7:26 pm

        His recipes are really good! I find Simple Indian slightly easier for a novice cook

        • 22nd February 2016 / 9:56 pm

          I will certainly be getting that. Thanks, again! <3

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