Finally the night was here…. Expectations were high and spicy as curry fans from Edinburgh (and beyond) gathered at Earthy Foods, Ratcliffe Terrace for the very first ‘Coconut Curry Club’ pop-up event. An Indian film projected onto a screen as the uber hungry huddled in to the cafe ready to sample the delights that the Earthy chefs had prepared. The night was all about sharing and in true pop-up style the tables were pushed together so that everyone could meet new curry friends and talk food! Nice Eastern hints and touches were displayed around the room including appropriately coloured napkins and bombay mix to munch on. Lights were dimmed, the house was full, the coconut curry club event was about to ‘pop-up’.
Pre curry, and with a glass of Rose in hand, Pete greeted the spice fans and delighted us all with a quick history of his curry heritage. Pete the Brummie was born with a curry spoon in his mouth….he’s got the photographic evidence to prove it….and growing up within a naan bread’s throw of the monkfish we had plenty of curry chat for the guests.
A particular highlight was Pete’s spice box which has travelled far and wide, has been questioned at customs but remains by his side to this day…
Curry chat over, service began.
red onion squash samosas with yoghurt and home-grown mint sauce…
south indian style organic beef and coconut curry, cardomom rice, hand made flat breads and a side of pomegranate, cucumber and red onion salad….
semolina and coconut halva, with rosewater creme fraiche and pistachio ice-cream….
We know there’s a lot of curry fans out there and that they’re a hard crowd to please. Listening to the hubbub and the chat throughout the evening there were plenty of happy and satisfied people. All agreed that the spice levels hit the mark, the menu design was spot on and above all the quality of the produce in the dishes absolutely made the evening. A particular highlight for everyone was the home-grown mint sauce which accompanied the red onion squash samosas. Recipe to follow..watch this space. The organic beef coconut curry was melt in your mouth tender with a delicious sauce which had been bubbling away all day, the kind of dish that gets better the longer you leave it.
All of the produce was locally sourced in keeping with the Earthy values (with the obvious exception of the spices which had travelled all the way from the Balti Triangle courtesy of Pete….) and probably the coconut as none of us have seen a coconut tree recently in Scotland.
The evening was indeed a very tasty triumph.
Watch this space for the next Coconut Curry Club – we’ll be ‘popping up’ in January 2012, venue to be confirmed but as ever you can trust the monkfish, it’s going to be very very exciting.