Back in Sydney The Turk was a bit of a chef. His pizza was legendary. His BBQ’s were famous from Palm Beach to Penrith and his Turkish food was spectacular. Since arriving in his homeland I hate to say it but he has become slack in his culinary efforts and has basically left it to me to do the cooking and remember I have said it before – I can’t cook!
When we packed up our lives to move here I slipped a couple of extras items into the moving boxes. 2 jars of Pataks Butter Chicken paste, 2 jars of Tandori paste and 2 boxes of pappadums. I knew I would not be getting any Indian food in Turkey. We went through those curry pastes pretty quickly and sadly found ourselves returning to Turkish cuisine. Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? I love Turkish food but here it is just food. There are foods from home, foods that are uniquely Sydney that I craved. Pub lunches – I craved these. Bacon – well of course I craved bacon. Sunday night pizza. BBQ’s on a hot summer night. Manly Italian with the girls. Indian banquets with Carls and Tracy. Damn but I drooled over those curry pastes.
While rummaging through the pantry the other night I found a jar of Pataks paste that hadn’t been opened! A forgotten jar of Butter Chicken curry paste! I nearly pee’d my pants I was so excited and, yes, we had Butter Chicken that night for dinner (with yogurt instead of cream). I made a Garlic Naan (of sorts) using Pide bread, Indian onion salad (no coriander) and cucumber raita. No pappadums sadly and of course it is a curry paste not real curry but after not having had Indian since September at my favourite Indian Restaurant in Epping my kitchen smelled divine, my tastebuds were excited and I was in foodie heaven.
I have to say I offered my curry extravaganza to all my Turkish relo’s but none would partake. They looked, sniffed and screwed up their noses left, right and centre. Excellent – more for me!
Loving this blog? Please help me build my audience and share with like minded people who, like you, love food and love Turkey. You can also subscribe or like me on Facebook for all updates.