Back in action

Mallika Basu - Back in action

Posted 16th February 2007


I’ve arrived back in the UK from Peru. While I’ve been gone, Shilpa Shetty has published her very own chicken curry recipe featuring tomato ketchup and a gunman’s been loose in South London, near where I live.

On the bright side, it’s not snowing and I haven’t lost my job… yet! My colleagues have clearly missed me, which is both endearing and sinister at the same time.

One of my favourite colleagues found a really interesting article that combined South America with India’s revered cooking ingredient – the chilli.

It turns out that archaeologists in Ecuador have found that chillies were used in their cooking more than 6,000 years ago, way before inhabitants of Peru and Mexico.

What’s particularly interesting is that chillies were introduced to places like India and Thailand only after Europeans explored the New World in the 15th Century.

And I thought India was the mother of spicy cuisine! Looks like it’s only a little cousin to South America.

I guess you learn something new every day…

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