Next up in our behind the scenes blog is Sumayya Usmani, one of the newest chefs to join Seasoned to teach us all the art of tasty curries.

Name:

Sumayya Usmani

SUmayya

What did you do before joining Seasoned?

Alongside working at Seasoned Cookery School, I also write cook books, including Summers under the Tamarind Tree. I also like to write a column, alongside presenting on the radio sometimes too. I have quite a versatile work life.

What is your favourite cook book and why?

 I think it is hard to choose just one cook book – However, a selection of my favourite cookbook authors have to be by Claudia Roden, Olia Herculese & Tessa Kiros.   

Have you ever written your own cookbook?  

I have two cookbooks, Summers under the tamarind tree, and Mountain berries & desert spice.

What do you most like to cook at home?

I love cooking, and most of my life is surrounded by food, but when I’m at home, I just love cooking quick and easy food, but each dish has to be full of flavour.

What was your favourite thing to cook as a child?

 My absolute favourite thing to cook as a child has to be a cheesecake! – They are so tasty. My favourite flavour has to be baked lemon.  

Your stuck on a desert island, what would you ideal three course meal include?

 Ohhh that is very tricky! – There’s so much choice. For a starter, I would have to go with Baba Ganoush, which is a super tasty dip which is absolutely full of flavour. For my main course, I would obviously have to choose my mothers Mutton Pullo, it is so tasty. Finally, to finish, my first choice of dessert would be Ground rice cardamom & rose water pudding!   

Do you have any particular cuisines that you enjoy eating?

 I absolutely love Pakistan cuisine, I have such ties with this type of food, and there is so much heritage behind it. I also love Middle Eastern & South East Asian food. Each of these cuisines are all packed full of flavour. 

And finally… What is your favourite tea and treat?

I absolutely love Cardamom, so my favourite tea is definitely Milky Cardamom Chai, and then for a treat, basically anything which includes Marzipan!

 

Curries

If you’d like to get to know Sumayya a little more, and the roots behind her cooking style, then why not join her for a day of Curries & Accompaniments. View the full course page here.

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