People always say to me, ‘how do you have time to cook’? I always respond: ‘If you don’t cook, what do you eat every day?’
The baffling question of cooking and time is a common theme. For me, cooking is like taking a shower or watching your favourite Netflix series; It’s simply routine. A way of life, If I didn’t cook, what would I eat? What would my two little boys and husband eat? I know many people rely on takeaways, for me this is a treat, not a regular occurrence. As you start to cook more you realise how much tastier home cooking is.
I remember watching cookery shows when I was about 6 and then pretending I was actually on TV teaching people how to cook! My mum would always say to me I need to learn how to make round chapatis by age 8 otherwise no one would marry me! I didn’t want to cook Indian food, I wanted to learn all this different food I’d seen on television. In the 80s the only exposure I got to different food was school dinners! I loved my school dinners. My first taste of roast chicken, sausages and mash and Pasta! I was hooked, I was intrigued. Then it began. I started to cook simple dishes I would have at school and realised I could eat whatever I wanted if I cooked it myself. My signature dish aged 10 was a vegetable Lasagne! It would take me 3 hours to make but the family loved it and then I was addicted, I had fallen in love with cooking.
I am in my element in the kitchen. Creating dishes with amazing ingredients that everyone will savour and love. There is nothing more satisfying then watching someone enjoy the food I’ve cooked. Going to restaurants is my ultimate pleasure but also my education. I pick up tips and tricks and recreate the restaurant experience at home.
Travelling the world is my true inspiration. While most people enjoy going to the fancy restaurants, I’ll be the girl sitting with the woman at the beach shack mesmerised by her family recipes. I have kept journals of recipes gathered from Thailand, Langkawi, Bali, India and the Caribbean close to me.
There is nothing like getting first hand inspiration from people. A cookbook is limited so what I want to do is share my journey with you, inspire you, and make you fall in love with cooking the way I have.
‘Nisha has flavour oozing from her fingertips’ Gregg Wallace
‘That is a gastronomic triumph, a huge success’ Amol Rajan
‘Just delicious, it’s addictive’ John Torode
‘That Hake is cooked to perfection, the mussels are bang on, that’s a very tasty bowl of food’ Nathan Outlaw