Tuesday, 26 May 2009


One of the best things about hastings and most sea side towns is the fish bars or jellied eel bars. They serve all kind of fishy goodies. I had whole baby octopus,70p oysters,crayfish tails,mussels,cockles, and with a good dash of vinegar or chili vinegar it really is one of the best british food experiences you can have.

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When I first heard of The Blue Dolphin I assumed it was a gay biker bar that served fish and chips, sadly it wasn't. There are a lot of fish and chip joints in hastings, this is a very popular one, maybe because of its location right on high street in the old town, near the sea front. Cod and chips £4.80. Some days it's better than others but worth an eat. 


Thursday, 21 May 2009


I'v just got back from Scotland and for the first time in my entire life I ate a squre sausage. In a haunted castle Comlongon Castle at the bottom of Scotland in a place called Dunfries they serve not the best full Scottish fry up. 

  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Lorne Sausage, a sausage prepared in a loaf pan. This one is a beef sausage.
  • 2 Slice of Bacon
  • Fried Tomato
  • Potato Scone
  • Haggis
  • Poached Egg

  • Melvin

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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Rajesh In Dubai: Adventures in Camel Milk

My Mate Chef Bahadur poses with the Camel Milk

The brand is called "Camelicious" !!! How funny is that?

My mother actually visited the farm where this is made, it's run by a European lady.  Here's the scoop on the lady from my mum: 

"She walked the camels from Syria to Yemen. SHe did it to raise awareness and money for a mobile clinic in Palestine and Syria for women who can afford it. For breast cancer and other issues."

Mum recommended the normal one, she likes it a lot, camel milk is meant to have some good properties, not that I know what they are. While on the farm she said that they were given the straight up untreated fresh-from-the-animal milk and it was very very salty, she prefers the bottled one.

After the first sip of the date bottle I decided not to drink and review them in all one day, so I spread out the review, one camel milk a day...

Camelicious Date
Very sweet, thick and rich. It resembles what milk tastes like at the bottom of the bowl when you've had raisin bran in it and have finished the cereal, leaving the milk thats soaked up the sugary fruitness of the raisins. I liked it, but ultimately way too rich and sweet.  Not too much of a 'Camel Vibe'.

Camelicious Saffron
Well, this was very interesting.  Alot of middle eastern foods and sweets use saffron, the flavour of this one was similar to having a saffron infused dessert. A very unique flavour for a milk, with subtle nutty notes, I could have this after a meal as a dessert on it's own. Again very rich and low on the 'Camel Vibe'.

Camelicious Plain Camel
Wow. Now this was definitely proud to be born of Camel. It was a touch thicker than cow milk, with a slightly meaty undertone, not in a sick way ofcourse, but in the way Goat Dairy products have a bit of Animal in them. Much evidence of 'Camel Vibe', albeit in an inoffensive way.

Final Conclusion

Camel milk is too damn rich to subsitute Cow Milk but is a fun alternative for the adventurous.  Also, I now want to eat Camel, I wonder if this sentiment is related to the drinking of the milk.

Yours in Fatness and radiating with "Camel Vibe",



Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Dear readers

I'm back from the Middle East and feel a bit fatter.  My suitcase was filled so much food it could be considered smuggling.

Need some advice.  Does anyone know of a good Arabic or Iranian Bakery in London?  I want to make a dish that I need some special bread for.

All help appreciated.

Lots more Posts from my Gastronomic Travels coming soon...

Yours in Fatness,



Sunday, 17 May 2009


Bill Bunyan, of Dodge City, had arranged a party at Paddy's Restaurant, in the Rice County town of Sterling, about 15 miles northwest of Hutchinson. He was marking two milestones -- his 65th birthday and his 105th hamburger. Unbeknownst to the Maichels, at the party he also mentioned his favorite burger from a three-year mission -- the one he enjoyed Feb. 18, 2002, at the Maichels' Topeka eatery.

Since June 2000, the retired elementary school teacher has traveled the state with the goal of eating a hamburger in each of the state's 105 counties. He chose locally owned "mom and pop" establishments on his way to achieving the goals of the Kansas Explorers Club -- inspiring, educating and encouraging the exploration and appreciation of Kansas.

Speck's" burger, the specialty at Seabrook Tavern, at 2100 S.W. Mission, is 3 pounds of ground beef, topped with onions, tomatoes, pickles and lettuce on a 14-inch homemade bun.

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Friday, 15 May 2009

Rajesh in Dubai: For the Love of Buttermilk.

Man, this brings me back to my childhood.  

Laban-Up is a Middle East favourite.  A sour buttermilk drink that's so refreshing when served chilled on a sweltering hot day.  It has a very distinct and comforting flavour and a cute old fashioned carton that I miss seeing.

Costs roughly 10 pence, found in all good (and bad) grocery stores and supermarkets around here.



PS: For those who have tried 'salty' Indian Lassi, it's similar to that.

Rajesh in Dubai: Pa cooks an Arabic Breakfast

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Foul madammas is the traditional arabic peasant's meal.  Meant to fill you up and keep you going for the day.  I woke up with a craving for it and my father seemingly had the exact same craving so he decided to whip it up.  He did warn me that it'll be like "cement in your stomach, you won't eat for the rest of the day"  he was right, this is good cheap desert fuel.  We popped over to the lebanese supermarket to get the needed components.

Foul is Fava Beans, sauteed with green chilly, garlic, lemon and tomato.  Once cooked it's doused in olive oil.  On the side he made some 'reverse' ( as I like to call it) Coarse hummous, whipped up in about two minutes by mashing chickpeas with tahini, garlic, parsley, salt and lemon.  It's a quick hummous fix.  This was all served with slices of onion, chillies and Nabulsi Cheese  - a great salty cheese from Palestine that makes Halloumi look dumb.

The breakfast was amazing, so hearty and filling, I'll be skipping lunch and dinner.  What made it extra special was the Palestinian Olive Oil that my dad doused the hummous and the Foul in.  It's truly special and he treats it like the rolls royce of olive oil.  It's not a commercial brand, it's from a small farm in Palestine, he had it brought over in big barrels.  It's a lot more deep in flavour and complex than the Italian Olive Oils, you could drink this stuff.

I'm smuggling that shit into London this weekend in a cola bottle.



PS:  My dad said the best Foul he had was in a tiny little joint down a backstreet in Jordan, I keep trying to get him to blog his Jordan trip but he's too lazy.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Rajesh in Dubai: Coming Soon

I'm in Dubai becoming very fat.  

I'll be uploading some new things shortly, including: 'Adventures in Camel Milk', a meat laden lunch of Goat Trotters and other interesting details of Gluttony.  Also a special look at odd products in Supermarkets such as  "Mayo-Chup" - What is Mayo-Chup?  And much, much more, there's still lots to eat out here, and more for my folks to cook too. 

Stay Tuned

Yours in Fatness,

Rajesh xx

PS:  Both Melvin & I have been preoccupied with the real world, we shall resume normal transmissions soon, there's tonnes of posts waiting in the wings.