COLUMNIST: Bangers and mash? I’d rather go out for a curry...

Food review at The Bhaji Shop, Thali Cafe on Ball Street in Sheffield. Chickpea curry.
Food review at The Bhaji Shop, Thali Cafe on Ball Street in Sheffield. Chickpea curry.

Whether you’re in or out, there’s no denying the wonderful influence that Europe, and the rest of the world, has had on our dinner plate.

Pasta, croissants, hummus - they’re all regulars to my dinner table and my life is all the better for having them there.

Indeed, we often look to other cuisines when we cook at home.

Some dishes have been fortunate enough to remain relaively authentic, but many have been tweaked to create something that may abide with some of the fundamentals of its supposed origin, but would never be seen outside the UK. Take spaghetti bolognese for instance. Sure, the Italians eat ragu and they eat spaghetti, but never on the same plate. And chicken tikka masala is said to have been invented in Glasgow - some 5,000 miles from India.

And maybe it’s this confidence to take on a cuisine and make it our own that means very few of us solely stick to authentic British cooking anymore.

Looking at my evening meals at home for instance - there will be typical British fare such as lamb chops and steak & chips, but there’ll also be risottos, pasta, curries and stir fries.

All this is possible now that sourcing authentic ingredients isn’t as difficult as it once was - thanks to a decent range of supermarkets that have sprung up.

London Road and Abbeydale Road are abundant with Chinese, Indian, Polish and Turkish shops stocking an amazing range of goods from across the globe.

And I don’t know about you, but I can spend hours wandering around these stores, soaking up all the flavours whilst planning further experiments in the kitchen.

But our love of international food is even more obvious when we look at the different restaurants we have in Sheffield.

From Italian to Korean, we’ve got most of the major cuisines covered and I love that we have so much choice. Not that I’m knocking classic British cuisine - there are restaurants cooking absolutely amazing, and often experimental, food that can still be described as British. Just. well, I don’t really see the point in going out for bangers and mash when it’d be quicker for me to cook it at home.

I’d much rather go out for a curry.

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