Binixa (Bini) Ludlow grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She learnt traditional Gujarati cooking from her mother and aunties at the tender age of eight (to prepare her for married life), and then took over the running of the family kitchen aged thirteen. Bini’s passion for traditional Indian cooking stemmed from being surrounded by experienced home cooks at the heart of Bradford’s diverse culture, and an array of Indian shops full of unusual, exotic ingredients.
Bini set up Sweet Cumin in 2011 and she now runs a broad range of half and full day cookery classes to suit all abilities. Hosted at Bini’s charming country home in Somerset, class attendees can expect a personalised, hands-on experience, in a supportive environment. With class sizes set at a maximum of four people – attendees are guaranteed to learn with absolute confidence.
For Bini – Indian cooking is all about loving each and every ingredient and not rushing the process. Which is why she only uses the best, locally-sourced produce. When time, effort and care is taken – richer, deeper flavours can be created and savoured. Bini is a firm believer that sharing good food together creates the best memories.
To develop the Sweet Cumin brand in a new direction, Bini is currently working on new classes inspired by other regional curries around India and East Africa and ready meal recipe ideas. Bini’s mum lived in Kenya for 18 years – so she would like to explore the African influence inherent in her mum’s cooking.