If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen!
We started fasting yesterday and wanted a tasty value for money vegetarian lunch today to celebrate Radha’s birthday.
Despite being a meat-eater, I get very annoyed when restaurants / takeaways take advantage of the veg-eaters (like the one in Sparks Rd Overport where I walked in, saw the enormous rip-off prices and then walked straight out in disgust).
I mean really Bhai, how can a soya curry cost the same as a mutton curry?
Spice Emporium, where we have been many times, turned out once again to be an excellent choice.
The bottom line!
Read a previous post here.
Wikipedia: “Anjuna ([ɦɔɳzuɳẽ]) is a village in Goa, one of the twelve Brahmin comunidades of Bardez. Its church, St. Michael’s Church, Anjuna, founded in 1595, is dedicated to S. Miguel, and celebrates the feasts of S. Miguel (September 29) and Nossa Senhora Advogada (second week of January). There are three large chapels in the parish: the one to S. Antonio (Praias), to Nossa Senhora de Saude (Mazalvaddo), and to Nossa Senhora de Piedade (Grande Chinvar). The chapel at Vagator became the church of the new parish of Vagator, dedicated to S. Antonio, in the twentieth century. Anjuna is world famous for its trance parties held on the beach during the tourist season. Anjuna also hosts the famous flea market (Every Wednesday) wherein you can purchase many things, ranging from fruits to jewellery, clothes and electronic devices”.
There are a number of beach shacks or shack hotels spread along the beach where one can go to relax, party, eat, socialize and so on. During the day it’s as good as this and better – lie on a deck chair, under an umbrella, five metres or more away from the calm ocean (Arabian Sea). Order an ice cold Kingfisher beer and spicy chicken tikka with roti. Read a book and fall asleep while having a full body massage for just under ZAR 100. At night some of the shacks have live music and DJ’s spinning tunes.
My favourite shack at night is Guru Bar. The best place to stay for me has always been Henmil Holiday Homes.
Nothing beats sitting in Guru Bar sipping on ale listening to mellow tunes while the sun slowly goes down. The inserted photo was taken on the rocks in front of Guru Bar.
It is really surprising that many Cape Town residents that I speak to have not tried Eastern Food Bazaar.
One sentence: Fresh, cheap, authentic, tasty, spicy Chinese / Indian / Turkish / food all under one roof!
It’s 19:23, just before sunset, and we are racing down Stadler Road in Blouberg (South Africa) trying to get to the beach for a few last photo shots. As we go past On the Rocks restaurant, a wave of golden light catches my eye. Much to my passenger’s surprise, I suddenly slam brakes, reverse, double park and hastily exit the car without explanation, but with my camera. The setting sun was on the opposite side of the restaurant and glowing through the entire dining area and a simple bicycle was parked outside.
It was my night to cook and the two young ladies did not want the “healthy adult stir-fry” version of dinner.
In fact, they wanted a pasta dish just like their mom cooked it! No less and no more than that.
I was under severe pressure, having to now cook two different dishes at the same time plus ensure that the one matched mom’s years of perfecting this particular pasta dish.
I started the special order first and it went something like this:
• Chop and fry onions in olive oil
• Add curry powder and mix together
• Liquidise one tomato with added water, and add to the above to simmer for 5 – 8 min
• Add a sprinkle of mixed herbs, sugar and teaspoon of crushed garlic
• Add two heaped tablespoons of Imana flavoured soya mince plus salt to taste
• While this is simmering away for a further 10 min, cook the pasta in another pot
• Place cooked pasta into a casserole dish and pour the thick liquid mixture over
• Mix together well, pat flat gently and then grate copious amounts of cheese over
• Sprinkle curry powder over the cheese to colour red
• Also toss a few chopped chillies over the top to colour green and give an extra bite
• Place the casserole into oven at 220 degrees centigrade until cheese browns on the edges
• Bring out of the oven and sprinkle finely chopped dhania (coriander) on top
• Serve the hungry kids!
Below is the finished product.
Both ladies loved the taste. One had seconds and the other saved hers for school the next day.
Mom was visibly impressed and, possibly feeling outdone, proceeded to bake cookies when the kitchen had been cleared of my mess.