Rain and lunch in Harringay, London

It is raining on Harringay Green Lanes High Street. I am waiting for my sogan kebab: minced lamb chargrilled with shallots and served with a pomegranate sauce and a delicious thin flatbread which they don’t even mention on the menu, but the flatbread deserves both mention and praise as it is delicious, if I remember correctly from last time.

Rain in Harringay

The rain is falling and jumping high off the pavement and off the asphalt, in this little bit of Turkey carved out of the London soil. I am facing the street. Resting, peaceful. Enjoying myself for the first time today. I am liking being with my own thoughts and not even the unlovely music can disturb this.

Across the street, Hot Nuts. You’ve got to love a shop called hot nuts. I’m sure that’s exactly what they sell and what they are,  but I also wonder whether the owner appreciates the connotations the name carries in English. I appreciate it, and giggle.

Ayran

I take a sip of ayran, and again I get a sense that all is well with the world. The salty yoghurt drink is excellent, and very refreshing.

Bread and salad

A bite of salad: refreshing tomato and peppery Turkish rocket.

The kebab is as good as I remember. Smokey, sour and delicious. There’s a bit of heat riding at the end of the sour note. I see Urfa and pul biber in the sauce tasting of lamb juice and pomegranate molasses.

It’s brightening up, and so have I. One more tea, and I’m on my way. Relishing its bitter sweet taste on my tongue.

Tea time in Harringay

 

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Previously: Food Adventures in London: Turkish food in Harringay Green Lanes

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Green lentils

Green lentils b&w

 

Green lentils are wonderful in Punjabi green lentil dhal. That is one of my most popular recipe, and  I wrote here about starting to cook Indian food, learning from a friend and getting to know the spices. I thought it was about time to update it with some photos and make the dhal again. And yes, the dhal is still wonderful. So wonderful that I – erm… – ate the dhal before taking photos of the final dish…! I’m such a rubbish blogger. Will have to have another go soon at finishing updating that post. Smile

 

Green lentils