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There is still time to take part! #HELPOTHERS

WE WOULD LIKE to invite you to have a dinner with a difference – we have found the perfect excuse to cook curry, it’s called Curry for Change. A small charity called Find Your Feet who fight hunger in Africa and Asia has teamed up with Kingfisher, India’s Number 1 Beer, plus top chefs to run the Curry for Change campaign.

All you need to do is sign up at www.curryforchange.org.uk to receive your free event pack and Natco spices, cook a curry and invite your friends round to share an evening of good food, asking them to donate what they would usually spend on a takeaway. This will be used to help change the lives of families who suffer from hunger.

find Your Feet enables vulnerable rural families in Asia and Africa to grow enough food so they don’t go hungry, strengthen their voices so they can speak out against injustice and earn enough money so they can find their feet. www.fyf.org.uk

Check out the latest recipes and handy hints from Curry for Change ambassadors so you can cook a curry and change lives. Visit www.curryforchange.org.uk/recipes. Many of our favourite chefs are the ambassadors, one is from the well know Patak family.
Anjali Pathak a talent on her own, has shared some recipes from her new book, Secrets From My Indian Family Kitchen, to encourage readers to host a Curry for Change evening before the end of October 2015.

“IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT 1 IN 8 PEOPLE WILL GO TO BED HUNGRY TONIGHT- HELP US CHANGE THIS, SIGN UP NOW AND TAKE PART.”

What’s more, if you sign up by Monday 31st August and go to the drop down menu ‘Where did you hear about Curry for Change’ select – ‘Chaat Magazine’, you’ll be in for the chance to WIN a case of Kingfisher beer for the perfect curry night in!

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THE EXOTIC LANDSCAPE of foreign climates is closer than you think. We have chosen three days out across the UK that will give you a flavour of some of the vibrant plants found abroad. As a part of our ‘Grow Your Own Curry’ campaign, they will provide you with plenty of ideas of how to cultivate some tasty produce at home and get you thinking about the next growing season!

To win a great day out at one of three British Botanic Gardens do one of the following!

EMAIL: Send your details to competition @britishcurryclub.co.uk with “BOTANIC” in the subject line AND LET US KNOW WHICH BOTANIC GARDEN YOU WOULD LIKE TICKETS FOR – KEW  – EDINBURGH OR WALES
FACEBOOK:POST “BOTANIC” ON OUR WALL, ‘Like’ our page and share our competition post
TWITTER: Re-tweet our competition post and follow us
CLOSING DATE:  4 SEPTEMBER 2015

ANY OF THE THREE WAYS CAN WIN!

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IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN
Kew is a widely popular garden set over 300
acres of luscious Richmond soil. It has built
up a collection of over 30,000 species of plants
from English Roses to exotic Venus Fly Traps.
The UNESCO world heritage site is a great
attraction close to the capital city for London
tourists hoping to escape the concrete jungle.
The scale and variety of the gardens at Kew
makes it unrivalled for a horticultural day trip.
The perfect plants and beautiful buildings are a lovely backdrop for a Great Day Out this summer. Kew appeals particularly to our love of food and spices with its spice festival this year running from May to September. Spice lovers can learn about the history of the trade which brought so much flavour to our plates from foreign shores. Artefacts from the East India trading company, rickshaw inspired tours
of the gardens and street food vans will all add an exotic element to your day.
HIGHLIGHT: Raymond Blanc’s kitchen garden, Kew On A Plate.

IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
The Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh have a surprising array of exotic plants, which is less Expected among the cold and rugged highlands. Just a mile from the city centre, the gardens are in a perfect accessible location. Set over 70 acres of gardens, plants from exotic climes with an international
heritage spice up the Scottish landscape. The rainforest has been recreated in Scotland with the wet tropics growing some of our favourite cardamom flowers and turmeric roots. The food stall in the Victorian glasshouse  shows how many of our foods come from  these hot and steamy climates. Bananas, rice, sugar and cocoa all grow in the replicated rainforest climate of the glasshouse. Plants
here are larger than life, the giant Victorian water lilies are far larger than dinner plates and can reach up to 2 metres in diameter. The edible gardening project is not to be missed, the team give great advice in their special drop-in sessions, and the productive garden is the perfect visual example of all their hints and tips. Learn about sowing seeds, pruning, harvesting, storing and preparing your own produce for truly home-made dishes, with tips for growing those spices we love from hotter origins from the adverse weather perspective of Scottish gardeners!
HIGHLIGHT: The different species of rice plants growing around the extraordinary giant lily-pad pond.
IN THE FIELDS OF WALES
You are guaranteed to see a whole lot more than daffodils in the National Botanic  Gardens of Wales. It hosts 8,000 different species of plants and a rich collection of art, sculptures and architecture across 560 acres of Carmarthenshire. The gardens branch  out into exotic collections from the South African
Western Cape to California and Chile. The Botanic Gardens help to preserve some of the rarest and most exotic plants in the world.

As the seasonal fruit and vegetables ripen in the late summer months, the bee garden quietens. The garden designed to house hundreds of bees, allow visitors to get a closer look at a working bee hive where their sweet honey is made. Popular plants for bees, aromatic herbs such as marjoram, basil,
sage and mint are all planted in the garden. The honey they produce comes from these aromatic and pollen rich plants.
HIGHLIGHT: The doubled walled garden growing a variety of fruit and vegetables.

WRITTEN BY HELEN WHITE

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Full story in the latest issue of Chaat!Chicken Yakitori 3657-120835work

Annabel’s Chicken Yakitori with Noodles

(For the whole family)

Serves 4

Ingredients 

3 tbsp mirin
3 tbsp honey
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 tbsp oilTwitter small
4 chicken thighs, boned and cut into large chunks
125g medium noodles
1 large courgette, sliced into batons
1 large carrot, sliced into batons
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 red onion, sliced
75g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
75 ml chicken stock
4 tsp soy sauce
4 tsp sweet chilli sauce

How to Cook

  • Preheat the oven to 200ºC (Fan oven)
  • Measure the mirin, soy sauce, honey, vinegar, ginger and garlic into a small pan. Bring to the boil then reduce by a third, stirring. Leave to cool.
  • Mix the cold marinade with the chicken and marinate for 30 minutes. Season and thread onto 6 skewers. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan. Brown the skewers for 2 to 3 minutes on both sides until golden, then place onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, cook the noodles in boiling salted water according to the packet instructions and drain.
  • Eat the remaining oil in a frying pan or wok. Fry all of the vegetables for 3 to 4 minutes, and then add the noodles, stock, water, chilli sauce, soy and seasoning and heat through. Serve with the kebabs.
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