A Family Tradition
We don’t have many traditions in my family but one of them is ‘Boiled Dinner’. It’s not really a recipe as much as a type of meal. It was handed down from my father’s Family in India and it’s normally eaten when someone is feeling too ill to eat anything rich or spicy.
Essentially, boiled dinner is this.
Boiled vegetables (any kind you want but corn and carrots add colour)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Boiled white rice (Preferably Basmati rice)
Salt and butter.
Mash them all together so that what you’re left with is a chunky potatoey, vegetably, eggy (leave chunks of the egg white), ricey and buttery mash.
For those who don’t like boiled eggs; boiled dinner also goes well with smoked fish like mackerel or fish in a white sauce.
Dinner is an evening meal – Traditionally, we eat dinner in the late evening or even, sometimes at night. This is because my father, a General Practitioner, was so busy working at his surgery that he normally didn’t come home from work until late evening and we ate when he ate.