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Dev Biswal cookery demos at farm shops in Kent

12th July 2011 Print
Dev Biswal

Dev Biswal, the highly acclaimed chef-patron Dev Biswal of Margate’s Michelin-listed Ambrette Restaurant is giving live cookery demonstrations at local farm shops, to promote his range of marinades.

Shoppers will have the chance to sample Biswal’s award-winning cooking for free at Lower Hardres Farm Shop Hardres near Canterbury on Saturday 16th July and at Quex Barn in Birchington on Saturday 23rd of July, between 10am and 4pm.

There are three products in the range of ‘Biswal’s Premier Marinades’, for chicken, lamb and fish that retail at around £3.95 for 250ml jars that are sufficient for 4 servings and keep for 2-4 weeks once opened.

“We have some excellent farm shops in Kent, showcasing the very best fresh produce and artisan foods around – they do a great job in giving the food-loving public a wide choice of the best quality. local and seasonal produce,” said Biswal, who is planning a Kent-wide tour of farm shop demos, added, “If I can help these shops sell more meat and fish with the marinades, everyone benefits.”

The marinades, as used in the Ambrette Restaurant, have been made available in response to customers asking the secret to the distinctive style and flavours, so they can try them at home. Formerly known as ‘The Indian Princess’ and rebranded to distance itself from traditional high street curry houses, The Ambrette does not serve curry. Many of the dishes are only lightly spiced to enhance the natural flavours of the food.

Biswal is critical of “the fast-food mentality” of some Indian establishments “stuck in a 1940s time bubble”, who pre cook meat, then fry in a sauce to order, without giving the ingredients time to absorb flavours from the herbs and spices.

Whilst, according to Biswal, lamb should be marinated for at least 4 hours, whereas fish should be marinade for the maximum of an hour. The 250ml jars contain instructions to apply at room temperature and leave to stand in the fridge.

Biswal’s Premier Marinade for Lamb contains a unique blend of mustard oil, ginger, garlic, pickle, salt, garam masala, red chilli, turmeric, fenugreek, pineapple and coriander.

The Premier Marinade for Chicken is a blend of fresh coriander, fresh mint, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, mustard oil, green chilli, roasted gram flour, salt, garam masala, turmeric, black salt and soft cheese. It is also ideal for use with left over Christmas turkey.

The Premier Marinade for Fish, which can be used for white varieties or oily species such as mackerel or salmon, is comprised of a secret recipe of mustard oil, turmeric, coriander seeds, onion seeds, fennel seeds, carom seeds, fenugreek, lemon juice, salt, sugar, black pepper, asafoetida and curry leaves.

Stockists selling ‘Biswal’s Premier Marinades’ are: Nash Farm Shop, Nash Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 4LD; Rose Farm Shop, Haine Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT12 5AG; Kent Farm Gate Foods, Lower Hardes Farm Shop, Lower Hardres, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5NU; Eddie Gilbert’s, 32 King Street Ramsgate CT11 8NT; Murray’s General Store, At The Good Shed, Station Road West, Canterbury, Kent; Quex Barn, Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH; Chilham Farm Shop & Plant Centre, Canterbury Road, Chilham, Nr. Canterbury, Kent CT4 8DX; Macknade Fine Foods, Selling Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XF; Silcocks Farm & Shop, Silcocks Farm, Grange Rd, St Michaels, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6LT; Perfect Partners, 7 Stone St, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3H, The Ambrette, 44 King St, Margate, Kent, CT9 1QE.

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