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Shopping centre defends high rents


THE manager of a Bradford shopping centre has defended the rents it charges tenants, claiming they reflect the demand for space in the centre. Catherine Riley was responding after the owner of a curry restaurant claimed he had been forced to move to Leeds because of the high rents. Harry Khinda, of Zaara’s


Restaurant in Shipley, said he wanted to open a new venture in Bradford, but that the Kirkgate Shopping Centre wanted to charge around £1,000 a week rent. Instead the restaurant opened a stall at Leeds’ St John’s Centre for around half the price. The new ‘street food’ shop is close to the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds. It will offer Indian snacks and drinks and if it is successful Harry plans to expand it to other shopping centres. Harry wishes his first venture could have been in his home town of Bradford, but says, “Shops and businesses are driven by rents and rates and they need to be affordable.” n


I’M A FAN OF


INDIAN FOOD: Nigella Lawson


SHE is an English culinary goddess, known for whipping up exotic delicacies. TV anchor and food writer Nigella Lawson, 53, says that she particularly loves an Indian spice with which she has a personal connect. “My name itself is taken from an Indian spice that I am very fond of. It’s what you call ‘kalonji’,” she says with perfect pronunciation. “I’m a great fan of Indian


food. But, it is now very difficult


to isolate ingredients as being particularly Indian, because English food is so influenced by Indian food, thanks to our shared history.


I’ve grown up


with a lot of spices that I now find hard to isolate as Indian. But, I do have a soft corner for Indian breads,” adds Nigella, whose new show will hit the small screen next month. About her uncomplicated


approach to cooking, she says, “I don’t think any of my food ever looks like it’s been done by an expert. It isn’t about expert technique. When I put food on the plate, I don’t want to arrange it like a plate decoration in a fancy restaurant.” n


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