Timol’s cupcakes

Who remembers Timol’s bean chutney and chicken curryHere is another one of her splendid creations we enjoyed for a late afternoon snack yesterday afternoon.

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Boy’s night

Last night Timol left me at home all alone. I had prior knowledge of this so I visited a local store for some supplies before arriving home. I was out of Famous Grouse so had to make do with red wine. Here is what went down.

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Aqua Restaurant at Sibaya 2

Aqua inside Sibaya Casino north of Durban is set on three floors, with larger than life aquatic décor and a cylindrical fish tank with an upper level of Teppanyaki tables and a sushi bar, a middle section for a la carte diners and a sunken cocktail bar.

Timol and I were not impressed in a number of categories and much prefer Daruma.

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Aqua Restaurant at Sibaya

Aqua inside Sibaya Casino north of Durban is set on three floors, with larger than life aquatic décor and a cylindrical fish tank with an upper level of Teppanyaki tables and a sushi bar, a middle section for a la carte diners and a sunken cocktail bar.

Timol and I were not impressed in a number of categories and much prefer Daruma.

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Daruma Authentic Japanese Restaurant 3

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We visited Daruma in Durban once again and had even more fun.

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During our previous visit I only had my Blackberry available so the photos were of an inferior quality.

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This time I took the Canon but left my big flash at home (silly-Billy).

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Once again we sat around the teppanyaki sipping on sake and white wine until the food was ready, and then used chopsticks to eat.

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Wikipedia reveals: “Teppanyaki (鉄板焼き teppan-yaki) is a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to cook food.

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The word teppanyaki is derived from teppan (鉄板), which means iron plate, and yaki (焼き), which means grilled, broiled or pan-fried.

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In Japan, teppanyaki refers to dishes cooked using an iron plate, including steak, shrimp, okonomiyaki, yakisoba, and monjayaki.

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Modern teppanyaki grills are typically propane-heated flat surface grills, and are widely used to cook food in front of guests at restaurants.

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Teppanyaki grills are commonly confused with the hibachi barbecue grill, which has a charcoal or gas flame and is made with an open grate design.

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With a solid griddle type cook surface, the teppanyaki is more suitable for smaller ingredients, such as rice, egg, and finely chopped vegetables.

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Sake (/ˈsɑːkeɪ/ or /ˈsɑːki/)[1][2] is an alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin that is made from fermented rice.

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It may also be spelled saké. In the Japanese language, the word sake refers to Japanese liquor, while the beverage called sake in English is termed nihonshu (日本酒, “Japanese liquor”).

Sake is sometimes referred to in English-speaking countries as rice wine.

However, unlike wine, in which alcohol is produced by fermenting sugar that is naturally present in grapes and other fruits, sake is produced by means of a brewing process more like that of beer.

To make beer or sake, the sugar needed to produce alcohol must first be converted from starch.

The brewing process for sake differs from the process for beer, in that for beer, the conversion from starch to sugar and from sugar to alcohol occurs in two discrete steps. But when sake is brewed, these conversions occur simultaneously.

Furthermore, the alcohol content differs between sake, wine, and beer. Wine generally contains 9%–16% ABV,[3] while most beer contains 3%–9%, and undiluted sake contains 18%–20% (although this is often lowered to about 15% by diluting with water prior to bottling).”

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Timol’s chicken curry 2

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Who remembers Timol’s bean chutney and chicken curry?

This is another one of her splendid curry creations we enjoyed for dinner, which also means lunch for me today (lucky me!).

As you know, I can’t give you Timol’s recipe – it’s a family secret (not). You could look at Anjum’s recipe if you need a hint or two.

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