Some years ago we were on a bus to Muswell Hill, and we saw the sign for a big-looking shop called “Rupashi Bangla Cash and Carry”, which got me very excited.
It was the year that I had got the “Fresh India” book from Meera Sodha and I was very happy to be learning about Indian food.
I was also on the lookout for supplies, because oftentimes they were whimsically, inexplicably, unavailable from supermarkets. So the sight of a big shop that could sell a huge variety of these things under the same roof and in big portions was MEGA thrilling to me. Thus we said we’d visit some time—after all, it is a short walk from our place.
If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you might recall that tiger nuts or chufas are the main ingredient for Valencian horchata de chufas. But they’re still a bit of an exotic ingredient in the UK. So you have to go a bit out of your way to get them.
We had a very special guest this week-end, and we decided to treat her like she deserves: sharing with her our favourite food and food places. I might write in more detail about some of these, but for now, here is the summary: