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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cooking Curry at The British Market (Market is now Closed)


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is a purveyor of British foods in North Naples, FL.  They have a nice indoor space serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on certain days.

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They also make in house a variety of sausages, meat pies and Pasties.

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I was there later in the afternoon and they were almost sold out!

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They also sell a variety of Dry Goods and other imported British Items.

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That evening the owner was giving a Curry class.

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His credentials are impressive. He initially trained at The Culinary Institute of America and followed with a Grand Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu.
After working in a number of corporate kitchens he decided to go on his own. Seeing a need for a niche market in British foods, the British Market came to be.
There were two curries made that evening, an Indian curry and a Thai curry. Typically Indian curries are anchored with chilli peppers, while Thai curries may use Lemongrass with cilantro.

The class started off making an Indian Curry, Butter Chicken. This is chicken cooked in a tomato cream sauce.


Traditionally the chicken is cooked in a Tandoori Oven, typically a clay oven that can get up to 700 degrees F. If you don't have that, a Pizza Stone in your oven at high heat can mimic one, just make sure the fire extinguisher is nearby! When the chicken is cooked in this method, Kashmiri Chili Powder is used. A good substitute is 1 part Cayenne Pepper to 3 parts Paprika.

A Wok was used to cook that evening due to it's even heating, and chili powder just added to it during cooking.


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Lemon juice was added to this. We were told this will bring out flavors like salt and pepper do.

Before cooking the Thai curry, the wok was rinsed and cleaned with salt. This is done to remove the impurities and also makes the pan not stick. This also works for Cast Iron Cookware.

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The second curry was a Panang Curry. This is a Green Curry. Thai curries are usually either red, green or yellow depending on their ingredients.

After blending lemongrass and cilantro among other ingredients,

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the curry was prepared

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finished with Udon Noodles

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and served.


The finished product.


I thought the butter chicken won, but it's just a matter of taste, isn't it?
All in all a fun and informative evening at the British Market and another review on Forks.

The British Market
2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Ste. 131
Naples, FL 34109
(239)596-2748




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