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Little book packs a spicy festive punch

When I decided to create a meal in a book, I could hardly have hoped to put together a more lovely thing: art, food and fun all in a perfect package. ‘We don’t write recipes down’ has surpassed my expectations in so many ways. I know the whole team is proud and delighted with our little book. You can find out more about how the project originated here.

How good does Dewa’s cashew nut curry look? Cooked by Lex Lang.

We’ve had great success so far with selling copies of the book despite lockdown. I’m hoping we might entice more people to treat others or themselves with a gift of a copy for Christmas. It’s a great little present and you’ll be supporting a super charity with your purchase. Read on to find out more about the book, the charity – and the food!

Here’s Dewa at our launch of ‘We don’t write recipes down’ back in August at her pop-up curry night at The Mule On Rouge in Berwick

It’s a real delight to have sold over 200 copies so far and to pass on all profits and generous donations to our nominated Sri Lankan charity The Jasmine Foundation. The charity provides vital and life-changing education, training and support to women in rural communities in Sri Lanka. Jessica Mason, co-founder of the charity, says:

We are so grateful for the £600 we’ve just received from the ‘We don’t write recipes down’ project. We can achieve so much with this sum of money in empowering women. Thank you!’

I can’t tell you how exciting it is to support a brilliant charity. And, on top of that, to hear about people’s enjoyment of the book. We’ve been chuffed to receive photos and feedback from readers about the amazing food they’ve cooked from ‘We don’t write recipes down’. Pauline Beaumont who’s just published a book about the therapeutic benefits of baking bread: ‘Bread Therapy: The Mindful Art of Baking Bread’. cooked Dewa’s chicken curry and says:

Despite the absence of pandan leaves in my spice cupboard, Dewa’s curry was a great success. I’m so glad that Jackie did capture these recipes and write them down for us to enjoy.

And just look at this fabulous take on Dewa’s Watalappam Pud from @peapodboat on Instagram.

It would be marvellous to send even more money to support Sri Lankan women. Please do share about our meal in a book ‘We don’t write recipes down’ – it’s a fab little gift – Christmas or otherwise. You can buy it from me Jackie Kaines by contacting me at the ‘We don’t write recipes down’ Facebook page – or leave me a message here – locally from our hugely supportive friends at Geo. C Grieve, Lowick Village Store and The Mule on Rouge.

Team 'We don't write recipes down'
The ‘We don’t write recipes down’ team: Daniel Cox, Dewa Morton, Katie Chappell and Jackie Kaines

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