Loving the Thai flavour

We love a food festival here at H&D and when it involves great culture too, it's a must-go. We went along to the Thai Food and Culture Festival on Sunday at the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke. Samruan runs these festivals all over the country and Reading's will take place on August 20 and 21 in Prospect Park. What to expect? Great food, great atmosphere, great shopping and fabulous entertainment. The food stalls were brimful of Thai flavours - from Pad Thai to red curry, barbecued pork to satay, sticky beef to veggie tempura, fish balls to exotic platters and stir fried ice cream that's a bit of theatre as well as a delicious cooling treat. Chilli heat permeated most dishes and it was all

More than fish and rice

It was my dad's favourite dish - a big plate of creamy, smoky kedgeree. My mum didn't make it that often as it was a recipe his mum made frequently and I think my mum knew hers was never as good. I made it for the first time in ages last night and it was so good I had to share it with you. I know it's a breakfast dish but I have never eaten it first thing - too heavy and fishy. It truly is a brunch dish - but I like it in the evening. It can be just the classic recipe of smoked fish, rice, onion, peas and boiled egg or you can throw whatever you have to hand in. The secret to a real smoky taste is to poach your smoked fish (haddock or cod) in milk then use the milk and some stock to cook the


So do you do it? Does is work for you? I network as myself as it were - but I'm interested to know if H&D Food Solutions would gain business by doing so. So would love to hear from anyone who has a network to recommend. BNI, First Friday, Business Biscotti are just a few we know of. Let's hear of any you like.

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