I’m all about the food and tech
Hi, my name is Khusro and I’m really excited to be participating in the Bite Buddies project!
I was introduced to Bite Buddies by totally random chance when a friend of mine on Twitter asked me to help them find a venue. This is because I run my own Croydon Cooking EatUp dinner club and finding a venue has always been a challenge for me.
After meeting Julie and having a long conversation I came to realise that we share a similar outlook on one particular topic: We are both conscious of the knowledge and wisdom that is locked up inside the minds of both the younger and older generations. Totally extreme and opposite sides of the coin, with a massive bridge in the middle just waiting to be “crossed”. Bite Buddies aims to be that bridge, and this is what I love about it.
I’m really excited to be bringing my 7 year old son along too, and it will be interesting to see how he interacts with someone new, an older person who isn’t from his school or family environment. My son can absolutely school older people when it comes to Minecraft or Lego Star Wars on the Playstation 🙂
My interests are varied with a strong emphasis on food and tech, and also music and people. I have a Software Engineering degree, with my alias being KernelJack, the “Kernel” half referring to the Linux kernel operating system. I’m also an advocate of cooking and eating healthily, avoiding processed food where possible and sticking to gluten-free recipes.
I learnt to cook from my mum, who refused to let her son go to college without knowing the basics of cooking, in this case it was mostly Pakistani/Indian cooking. I started off making basic curries, chapattis and parathas of course.
Since then, I’ve expanded my repertoire and below are ten dishes of mine that I’m happy to teach someone else to cook. I’ve provided a selection of savoury dishes, which could be made for starters or main meals, including vegetarian and meat options. And for those with a sweet tooth, I’ve provided a variety of desserts, which vary in difficulty, including some gluten-free and dairy-free suggestions.
1. Toor daal (lentils)
Daal is one of the simplest of dishes, yet one of the most satisfying, I find.
2. Okra stew
A very easy and tasty dish to prepare and it uses okra, which a lot of people are not familiar with. This tastes great when paired with the daal above, along with some rice or naan bread.
3. Beef mince with peas or potatoes
A staple dish in many Pakistani households, this is an easy one to make. You can substitute a lot of different things for the peas – spinach, dill, potatoes, they all work!
4. Daal Gosht (Lentils with meat)
This is one of my all time favourites! It’s lamb/mutton or beef with lentils and is great paired with pickles.
5. Coconut chicken tenders
A gluten-free dish that goes great with the spicy mango dip that you can make alongside it. Similar to a chicken nugget but much healthier.
6. Easy no-bake cheesecake
This can be made really quickly with just a few ingredients. I like it to be properly cheesy and tangy. I don’t like my cheesecakes to be mild in flavour – they need to have a sharp tangy edge to them!
7. Homemade dark chocolate
Yes, you CAN make your own chocolate! This is ideal to give as gifts to friends, albeit it can be a bit expensive to make.
8. Gluten-free Dark Chocolate dipped Coconut macaroons
Everyone I’ve made these for goes absolutely nuts over them! They are so simple to make, you must try them!
9. Gajar ka halwa (Carrot halwa)
One of my most favourite desserts of all time. This is a carrot fudge type dessert and is quite time consuming to make, but the results are amazing. This requires kewra water to finish it off but some people prefer to omit it.
10. Dairy-free Gajar ka halwa with homemade ice cream
This is really 2 recipes – homemade ice cream is really not that hard to make, especially with an ice cream maker. Adding this ice cream on top of the carrot halwa was a huge winner! The carrot halwa can be made dairy-free by using coconut milk.
Cook with me!
If you’d like to learn how to make one of these dishes, then join as a bite buddy.
Join our free workshops to work with someone from the opposite age group to
cook, make a cooking video and create your cooking webpage.
First workshop (Meet your partner and choose a recipe):
Sunday 26th July, 10am to 12pm, 387 London Road, Croydon