Okay, you have spoken. The first ever Word of Mouth live cookery class will take place at 8pm on Wednesday October 22.
To recap: we get ourselves the ingredients below and then on Wednesday night, we all assemble in our kitchens with computers, ideally nearby, to check out Word of Mouth for the latest and to post any last minute questions, and to read the step by step instructions as narrated by Allegra McEvedy. Or to get our friends to shout out the instructions to us, as imparted by Allegra to her lovely partner, Susi, typing furiously, in her kitchen. Clear (in the words of the telly equivalent cookalong chef), yes? Yes?
Allegra has chosen an all inclusive simple and very tasty non-meat dish, so even if you're a beginner, or you're planning to take advantage of the instruction to force your other half to do some cooking (I know I am), everyone should be able to complete this with little trouble. It should take around 30-40 minutes in all.
On the other hand, if anyone is having trouble, Allegra will be cooking the meal along with us, providing the recipe instructions, line by line in real time, on the blog so you can shout questions in the comments bit.
So here are the ingredients for our living recipe - it's in two parts to prevent confusion (no prizes for the first person to guess the recipe). Post any questions about prep/substitutes now and I'll consult with Allegra and get back to you before Wednesday. I'll be asking some of our experts for wine suggestions to go with it and early next week we'll have pictures of each stage of the recipe to further whet your appetite. Make sure you have a camera to capture your own experience (Flickr users can tag pictures "living recipe" and send them to our group) and we'll assemble the lot to see how we all went.
Ingredients for our living recipe
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 big green chilli
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Half teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
1 x 400g tin chopped plum tomatoes
1 large green pepper, cut into bite size pieces
30g fructose (or you can use sugar or honey - amounts tbc)
1 heaped tablespoon tamarind paste (or use tamardind block, amounts tbc)
150g dried fava beans (soaked overnight - reserve the water) OR a tin of chickpeas
300g tomatoes, cut into eighths
a small handful of mint, roughly chopped
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons currants
Half a teaspoon ground allspice
1 heaped teaspoon chopped dill
1 large spring onion, sliced
One and a half tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
250g brown basmati rice
500 ml vegetable stock
I'm bound to have forgotten to tell you something crucial. Any questions for now?
JUST IN! Allegra's keen to offer some alternative ingredients in case people are having trouble sourcing them. So if you can't easily get fructose, you'll be fine with sugar or honey - we'll let you know the adjusted measurements in due course. And for tamarind paste, tamarind block will do just as well. Get some Greek yoghurt in too, she says.