A neighbourly curry

To a lot of people, living in London probably conjures up thoughts of an anonymous urban existence where everyone ignores each other and cars don’t stop at zebra crossings.

Well this has certainly been my experience of London life until I moved beyond Zone 2. My version of neighbours in Shepherds Bush were people who thought it was acceptable to hammer on the bedroom window of your flat from the fire escape in the middle of the night demanding to be let in.

Our treasured neighbour Ken

Yet we find ourselves a mere three miles away in Ealing and it couldn’t be more different. Well people still try and mow you down on zebra crossings, but we have the world’s BEST neighbour!

Ken lives over the road from us and has adopted our little family. He takes care of our house when we’re on holiday, he lends us tools, he even drove me to Sam’s nursery in Hammersmith every day of the six weeks I couldn’t drive after having Arlo!

Tonight he brought over a home-cooked curry just because he thought we might like to try some traditional Indian cooking!

He doesn’t want anything in return – just our honest feedback about how it tastes. The guy is a genuine legend.

Ken's divine Indian cooking

The chicken curry was fragrant and gently spiced – not blow-your-head-off hot, but a warmth that builds throughout the meal. There were spinach and potatoes in there too giving it a really wholesome and satisfying quality.

We were also treated to some delicious side dishes of pilau rice, wholemeal chapatis and poppadoms. All delicious and far superior to the over-priced take-aways around here!

I’m hoping Ken’ll share the recipe with me, but i’m not confident he’ll want to divulge his secrets!

This could be the start of something inspiring. Why don’t more people share their food with their neighbours? It’s a great way to get to know people and perhaps try some new cuisines.

It also creates a really good feeling that someone out there is kind enough to want to cook delicious food for my family. It gives you faith in people that can get easily trampled on in this harsh world.

Is there someone elderly living alone in your road? Maybe a family’s just had a baby? There are so many people out there who’d be taken aback and delighted by the offer of a home-cooked meal or a jar of jam.

Next time you’re off on holiday why not donate your perishable food to your neighbours instead of dumping it?

There are so many things we can do to create a warmer feel in our communities and it also cuts down on waste which has to be a good thing right?

People like Ken are a rare breed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try and be more giving ourselves. It’s about taking a little more time to really see the people around you.

Have a great weekend everyone!


About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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5 Responses to A neighbourly curry

  1. What a fantastic neighbour! Ken is a real treasure. That curry looks delicious and so much better than any take-away. We’ve had lovely feedback from our neighbours on the pork and beef reared on our friend’s organic farm but I’ve never offered them anything cooked yet. I’m going to check out some curry recipes this weekend now.

    • rhwfoodie says:

      home-made curries are always worth the effort… the beef massaman i made for my friends was delicious and I can heartily recommend that recipe! Would love to taste some of that meat btw!

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  3. Lucky you with such a lovely neighbour – it’s something we could all learn from. xx

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