Chutney preserves

Homemade chutney is nostalgia in a jar. Cooking and bottling was part of our industrious grandmothers’ seasonal workload while glistening jars sold at summer fairs represented little beacons of community spirit. But it’s chutney’s Anglo-Indian roots that cast it as fusion food from the days of Queen and Empire.     Chutney comes from the…

Betty Crocker cake mix

For people who don’t use cake mix, its popularity can be baffling. Cake is a gift of love or celebration, however minor. The relatively little effort of combining the first five or so ingredients to produce something better-tasting and, importantly, more sincere in its act of giving than a flighty boxed mix cake seems infinitely…

Ragu/ Spaghetti Bolognese

References to ‘spaghetti Bolognese’ bring a cry of amused repugnance from Italians – evidence of the-world-outside-Italy’s culinary abyss that a much worse version of a traditional meat sauce can become one of the world’s most well-known dinners. For in Italy there’s no dish called spaghetti Bolognese.   Bologna, the city the sauce is named for,…