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A group of catering students gave up their time to help a charity run a spe- cial Indian-themed fund-raising night. Members of Soroptimist International of Darlington and District asked Darlington College to cater at its Curry Night, held in the college’s Glass House restaurant, in aid of the Professor Yamato Kawakami Foundation in Pune, India, which helps women and girls to

become self-reliant by assisting them to receive further education or to start their own businesses.

The catering students put on an Indian buffet meal, while guests enjoyed an Indian head massage or a shoulder massage provided by students from the hairdressing and beauty department. There were also displays of Indian arte-

facts, Indian music, a quiz about India and a raffle.

The event raised £590 for the char- ity, which will be used to buy goats or sewing machines for women setting up in business or help finance a woman training to be a nurse or midwife.

Madhur Jaffrey to make TV cookery comeback

Indian cooking expert Madhur Jaffrey is returning to the country’s TV screens with her first major new cookery series for 17 years. The 78 year old celebrity chef will make a ten part series about the impact of curry on the UK for the Good Food channel.

Madhur Jaffrey came to fame with the BBC programme Indian Cookery more than 30 years ago, and returned in 1995 for The Flavours of India. She is also an actress, having appeared in films and TV shows including a stint in EastEnders. In 1965, she won best actress at the Berlin Film Festival for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah and is said to have introduced film-making partners James Ivory and

Ismail Merchant. Since the 1980s she has been better known for her cook- ery series and best-selling books, showcasing cuisine from the Indian subcontinent.

Indian-born Jaffrey was awarded an honorary CBE in 2004 for her services to drama and promoting the apprecia- tion of Indian food and culture. Amanda Ross, the producer of the new series, which is expected to air later this year, says, “She is in great form, and her unique passion, enthusiasm and insight will make this series very special for the viewers.”

Froch looks to curry for knock-out punch

Boxer Carl Froch has enlisted the help of a personal curry chef from Nottingham as he trains for his next fight for the World Super Middleweight title against Lucien Bute, which due to take place towards the end of May 2012. Arfan Razak, who owns Nottingham’s Curry Lounge restaurant, has prepared some spicy, but healthy dishes for Froch, including Rajasthani Chicken, Chicken Chettinand, Punjabi Handi, and oven baked onion bhajis with fennel.

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According to Froch, “I checked the contents with my nutritionist and he confirmed that the low calories and nutritional value of the dishes are fine for me to eat during my strict training regime.”

The dishes that Arfan and the team at the Curry Lounge prepares for him will all be very light, high in nutrition and low in fat, with all meat steamed or grilled. There will be no artificial ingre-

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dients and many of the ingredients have reported benefits to health. For exam- ple, coriander is claimed to have anti- inflammatory properties, ginger eases muscle pain as well as helping detox the body and cinnamon is considered helpful in weight loss.

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