anglo indians and their cuisine
the new york times has an article about anglo indians
i think the nyt (perhaps) politely left out a large source of the anglo-indian community: illegitimate babies born to indian mothers and european fathers put up for adoption. be that as it may, there is a website with anglo indian recipes and much else
i ate a bit of this stuff growing up - my school had its share of anglo indians and our canteen was run by one - and i've always wondered if some ex-pat community made it back to blighty and who knows, actually had a restaurant here or something.
of course, the odds of that are practically zero but nonetheless some of you may find this bit of history as fascinating as i do.
For much more on this subject, read "Curries and Bugles: A Memoir and a Cookbook of the British Raj" by Jennifer Brennan. It was published in 1990, so is long out of print, but enthusiasts know how to find these things. It has 200 recipes, yet the primary text is about the history of the Raj, told through the perspective of food. My copy cost $30 twenty years ago. I guess I was hugely interested at that time in my life.
Shades of 'Jewel in the Crown,' and very interesting to read. It made me think of my background and how the immigrant population that came to the States (my grandparents etc.) are now gone as are most of their children. That culture has pretty much died along with them as will happen in India.
Back to food... had lunch with Mr. Zuriga at Dishoom yesterday. He had a divine tomato soup that I will learn to make at home. I had paneer (best I've ever tasted) that was part of the daily curry offerings. I'd like to try their breakfast menu one day... looks good.