A little while back, I was asked by the lovely Pri Bamford, if I would shoot an Indian Cookery demonstration she was doing as part of the Words in Walden series, as she wanted the images for use on her Pri's Kitchen website and for publicity. Of course, I was more than delighted to fulfil her requirements.
It was a snowy afternoon but it didn't deter the audience arriving for a sell-out event. Pri soon began to explain the methods of the Indian cookery that she had grown up with during her childhood in the foothills of the Himalayas, and recalling the sights and aromas from helping with the cooking. Indeed, most of the recipes to be followed were family favourites handed down through generations, and the audience were soon to be in for a similar aromatic treat as the spices were dry roasted during part of the preparation for a chicken curry dish.
It wasn't long before the audience participation began, again adding to the whole experience. As the dishes began to cook, Pri told of tree planting schemes she supports in her homeland, and in return, she had been given some special village-produced rice by the grateful people. A small pan of that special rice was to be shared with the curry at the end of the cookery demonstration.
Another important element of the indian meal is roti, or chapatis to you and me. As a child Pri had been given the task of rolling out the roti, perfecting the shape and thickness. We watched as she effortlessly demonstrated how...
...with a bit of this
...and the use of this
...produced something as perfect as this.
Time for a bit more audience participation.
It really wasn't quite as easy as it looked.
Carefully watched over by Pri, some tried to impress!
(Sorry Dave but pancake day was a few weeks ago!)
Whilst everyone was involved with roti-making, the chicken curry, chick peas and rice were all cooking nicely, ready for everyone to sample the results- including the photographer. (Now that's the sort of shoot I enjoy!)
After lots of mmmm's and thumbs up, Pri received some well deserved appreciation for her amazing food.
And if this wasn't enough, Pri went on to do the whole demonstration all over again to another sell-out audience last Sunday, rounding off the Spring, Words in Walden series.