I have a recipe for curry powder given to me by a Great Aunt who was with her Army Officer husband in Poonah. If anyone is interested I will post it on a seperate thread.
Yes please, would love to try it!
Yes the Balls, we have just had ours (last weekend) I don't visit much anymore (the young, just don't have the same qualities that we had
) Even the Brigadier is a young whipper snapper, was chatting to him just the other day about how the mess could do with a good refurbishment while 2 are away doing their tour, he said no money or so the Mess treasurer said, Pah said I look at the number that are now in the Mess compared with 10 years ago, yes said he, but they are all singlies and go down town for their entertainment. Wouldn't have happened in my day, the President would have had a three line whip on them.
Of course at sea it was different, when we got to Port we would ring the local Hospital and ask the Matron if a few nurses would like to come aboard for a bit of a party, it was always a yes.
I remember well, when in Calcutta (Kolkata), we would get the ladies from the finishing school down and festoon the poop deck with all manner of lampinions and bunting, as well as a smashing buffet (one had to be very careful what was surved up and every thing was labeled to avoid embarrisment. we would hire a dance band (cost just a few Dollars) and we would dance until the early hours (No alcohol on the Poop, so had to dash up to the cabin for a quick G&T
I had the proud pleasure of playing against the Indian National hockey team, not hockey but football, they still thrashed us
those lads could move like lightening. Afterwards we had a great knees up in the Mohun Bagan club (Part of the Eden Gardens). About 70% of their players where Sikhs, the rest a mixture of the other ethnic groups that make up the multi cultural population.
But I remember the great array of curries, biryanis and of course kedgerees, One thing is certain, no matter who first put smoked haddock into a kedgeree wasn't Indian, could have been Scottish, as the Indian Kitchiri contains no fish at all and consists of a mixture of rice, lentils, onions, chopped hard boiled eggs, sultanas (or other dried fruits) a mild garam masala, it is quite a dry dish but I have had it served with a side curry gravy. But in the main as it would be eaten with the hand it would not be sloppy.