Timol’s egg chutney

Timol is back in action, having whipped up a super-quick spicy breakfast.

Here are some pointers:

  • Fry onion in olive oil
  • Add green chilli
  • Bit of Turmeric powder & Marsala
  • Few minutes later toss in diced tomato (1 tomato per egg)
  • Simmer until cooked in 5 or so minutes
  • Throw in eggs and break up
  • Simmer for 5 more minutes until eggs fully done
  • Serve on toast with chopped Dhania on top

Radha’s dried salted fish dish with calabash

Radha (Timol’s mom) recently spent two weeks with Timol and I.

She is edging super close to 70 years of age, but always cooked up a storm after the slightest hint.

Her bean curry was to-die-for!

The chicken curry was super-good, and the green bean chutney: hot-stuff.

In-between puffing on a few cigarettes and lying down to rest, she enjoyed sharing a couple of beers with me!

In a previous post, I gave you a taste of Radha’s dried salted fish dish cooked with calabash – suraikkaai (சுரைக்காய் colloquilly sorakkay).

Here is another photograph of the fish dish; this time loaded onto a slice of bread

Timol’s bean chutney

Here is another good example of Timol’s hot-shot ability to whip up a quick tasty meal:

  1. Fry 1/2 onion in pan with a little oil until translucent
  2.  Add a little Turmeric powder
  3. A roughly chopped green chilli or two also
  4. Garlic if you like
  5. Add curry / Marsala powder
  6. Throw in finely diced tomato
  7. Add tin of baked beans 5 min later
  8. Simmer for 10/15 min
  9. Toss in chopped Dhania / Coriander leaves
  10. Drop onto wholewheat brown toast and enjoy

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Point 1 is for me for sure!

Everywhere Once

I’m a big fan of marriage. It has been very good to me. And despite the bad rap it usually gets in our popular culture, marriage really is a terrific arrangement – especially, but not surprisingly, for men. Married men earn 20% more than their single counterparts, report higher levels of happiness, and live longer. If men could get those results in a pill it would outsell Viagara ten to one.

What isn’t so beneficial is the ridiculously elaborate ceremony our culture demands to commemorate the occasion. Reuters recently reported that the average U.S. wedding now costs a staggering $27,021. A wedding in high-price Manhattan averages $65,824.

You’d think young couples would have far better uses for $27,000 than a single day’s celebration. In case they need help breaking with tradition, here are six life-changing suggestions for how to use that cash.

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The Best of India 2009

Whilst this is essentially a “travel” post, I have also included it under “photography” as the photographs below (all taken by me during my first trip to India in December 2009) were picked out by a friend of mine (Ben).

Ben, an accomplished photographer, kindly spiced up their colour and contrast on my behalf.

Visit his site right here to see some of his stunning work. I keep telling him that he should pursue his hot passion and talent on a full time basis! (yes, he is only part-time for now).

I used a Canon PowerShot S5 IS, that has since been replaced by a Canon 550D, both of which are only used on “auto”.

Here is “The Best of India 2009” in three photographs:

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, West bank of River Hooghly in Shibpur, Howrah nearly 8 km from center of city Kolkata, West Bengal

Kali Temple, Kalighat Kolkata, West Bengal, India

 

Down the road somewhere from Bodhi Tree, near Rabindra Sarovar Metro Station south Kolkata

 

Bangladesh Market, Chatsworth

Get ready for a pukka SNAP FLY COOK adventure.

Little India is right here in Durban, South Africa – on my doorstep.

“Durban’s Bangladesh Market, which is located in the suburb of Chatsworth provides a fascinating introduction to contemporary Indian way of life in Durban and is a nostalgic reminder of Durban’s famous old Indian market of yesteryear.

The original Bangladesh market was established in the 1980’s born from the need to provide especially the senior citizens and pensioners of the Chatsworth area with fresh produce at prices they could afford. Market gardeners saw great potential in this market because they could trade directly to the public, there was no middle man, and so a partnership between the market gardeners and the pensioners was established. The market then moved to Chassie Village, and soon pockets of markets started springing up everywhere, in and around the area.The old apartheid municipality tried to get rid of these markets and so they were all moved to one premise, the current location of Bangladesh market.
The establishment of the market was an historical victory for the Senior Citizens of Chatsworth who overcame adversity by fighting for what was rightfully theirs. The Bangladesh Market today is a tribute to their heroic efforts and unwavering courage and strength, attributes which characterized the general nature of those who fought for freedom in the struggle against apartheid. The fact that the Bangladesh Market in  Chatsworth, Durban is still a thriving and bustling centre of the community, is a triumph in itself.” ~ Website www.zulu.org.za
There is a lot of SNAP (  images), a little FLY (flew over to Chatsworth in my car), and big time COOK (lots of goodies to cook and eat) to follow below.
Deals galore!
So let’s head straight to my album of eighty-four (84) photographs – click right here.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

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