Yorkshire Life : 2020-10-01

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SABRINA GHAYOUR Happily planted in Yorkshire, Sabrina shares the food love It’s a wrap! Make your own tasty takeaway, Sabrina-style W ith autumn in full swing and a chill in the air, I find myself wanting to hunker down and hibernate at home. I feel more reluctant to go out and happier to stay in, make a fire (yes, I know by Yorkshire standards its most likely too early for a fire but I am still a soft Southerner and get cold very easily) and settle down with something comforting to eat. Lately I have found myself craving takeaway food and alas, having tried a few local places, I have concluded I can do much better at home, providing I have the energy to cook. Indian food and curries are hugely popular in my house and after years (and years) of experiment­ation, I now have a happy 3-curry repertoire of a proper chicken Kari (a recipe in my new book ‘Simply’), a chicken tikka masala and a lamb, spinach and fenugreek curry. The Gozney pizza oven I got during lockdown also doubles up as a Tandoor oven for making the best butter-licked Tandoori chicken and an assortment of naans. I am expert maker of crispy duck, wonton soup, egg fried rice and sweet and sour pork, too and I’ve now added my favourite crispy chilli beef to the menu. With the help of Asian supermarke­ts in York, my freezer is full of dumplings to keep me happy through the winter, too. But the one dish I’ve made the most this year, since lockdown, it’s chicken shawarma. Perhaps it’s because it’s stupidly simple and everyone can get stuck in, not forgetting, its cheap and cheerful and absolutely delicious. So this is the recipe I wanted to share with you, if like me, you aren’t going out as much and fancy something a little bit different on the table. ‘I am a lover of the colder months, with autumn and winter, you know where you stand’ N Thinking about why I am waxing lyrical about takeaways, or more accurately ‘fakeaways’, I realise it is because it is a type of comfort food. It doesn’t matter what you choose to order or what you eat, it’s the act of dialing for dinner and not having to make it yourself. If I’m honest, I am a lover of the colder months because they don’t deliver false promises the summer months often do. With autumn and winter, you know where you stand - cold weather, rain and quite a few grey skies, to boot. Its weather you can rely on, plan meals and, once upon a time, when indoor gatherings were guaranteed, a nice roast or comforting hotpot. Taken from Feasts: by Sabrina Ghayour published by Mitchell Beazley, £25. octopusboo­ks.co.uk 124 Yorkshire Life: October 2020 Š

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