Here are some things that I aspire to do when learning / practising specific melodies or solos for guitar. I wish I could remember to do these things all the time. Some of them apply to other instruments (particularly piano) and other activities (like drawing, handwriting). This is not advice for other people because everyone … Continue reading How I learn material for the guitar, or No Pain, Good.
The first four bars of Triste I've been revisiting the first four bars of Triste by AC Jobim. What is going on there? The original (on the album Wave, 1967) is in A, and not Bb as it is usually played by the people I play with. Fair enough, A is an atrocious key for … Continue reading The first four bars of Triste
Here's a dish called Red Eggs and Babinjan. It was made by my parents-in-law, Julie and Josh who were Jewish, and came originally from Iraq. The eggs are cooked for a long time and turn brown. I don't know why they were called Red Eggs, perhaps it's a mistranslation. Dishes cooked slowly on the fire … Continue reading Red Eggs and Babinjan
This is another variation on some preceding curry ideas. The idea is that the vegetables thicken the sauce, and also that the lamb is immersed in the sauce so the spices flavour it. It's good to use the smallest pan that will fit the shoulder, so that the intensity of the sauce is not diluted … Continue reading Shoulder of Lamb and Fava Bean Curry
I made turmeric rice adapted from a recipe I found on the web. It didn't work out quite how I expected but The Irit said it was amazing so here's the recipe. It's still a bit experimental, so I'm putting it here for the record, so I can remember what I did. I'll update it … Continue reading Turmeric Rice
A friend who likes houmous came round and I couldn't bear to give him the supermarket pitta that always tastes of chemicals. So I decided to make my own, based on this recipe. Apart from calling it "pitta bread", the recipe is quite good but goes on a bit and I felt needed a bit … Continue reading Pitta
In a coffee shop I saw someone eating poached eggs and I was simultaneously envious and thinking I could make that. For the mess of vegetables: A beetroot with the leaves attached A handful of string beans A courgette Spinach A few cloves of garlic. Saving the leaves for later, peel the beetroot, top and … Continue reading Poached Eggs on a mess of vegetables.