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I can smell (that) Turkey

By the same time tonight, Timol and I will be cruising at an altitude of 35000 ft on an exciting trip. It will also be dinner time.

The menu on Emirates should be something like this:

Chicken breast

Grilled chicken breast with caramelised plums, served in a cranberry reduction, accompanied with mashed potatoes, baby spinach and carrot slices

Lamb brochette

Fillet of lamb marinated in Arabic spices, combined with assorted peppers, charcoal grilled and served with a cinnamon scented sauce, accompanied with broccoli, roasted baby corn and steamed rice

Dessert

Sticky date pudding – A delicious dessert served with caramel sauce

Red Wine

Cecilia Faugerres Oak Aged

Now what’s this about “I can smell (that) Turkey”..?

Well, it’s not that we will be eating turkey but that we will soon be seeing:-

And before I forget, if you have the time, please have a look at some of Marc Bega’s photos of his home cooking direct from Tamarin, Mauritius.

I have given him this exposure as I really hope that he will soon also get a WordPress blog up and running to showcase his lovely dishes and photos.

PS – maybe encourage him with a few messages if you like what you see!

My first big stove

I have used a mini-stove since 1998. It is now 2012. Is that 14 years?

Timol after moving in soon “suggested” that a large conventional type stove would better suit her cooking style and needs.

Now, to avoid missing out on her next mutton curry, steamed fish, chutney chops, creamy beans curry, Marsala breakfast toast, bread and butter pudding, chicken curry… I thought it best to rush out immediately and invest in a brand new stove.

This was a frightening experience so I initially opted to only go one size up; to a large mini-stove.

However, the shopping experience got the better of me and I was soon eyeing out a sturdy black Defy 621.

As usual, I spent a lot of time trying to save a few Pounds, Dollars, Rands, Bucks.

I thought it was going to be a toss-up between Makro and Game, two major retailers.

Not to be!

Makro refused to budge on price and Game offered to beat any written quotation (by a measly ZAR 10).

I was not impressed at all. I mean, let’s face it – I was buying my first BIG stove and parting with my hard-earned money.

Luckily I then remembered Dave Ray in Sydney Road, Umbilo.

 

Before going to the store, I spoke to Kessie (031-2062038/9) about getting a “good deal”.

Kessie beat Game and Makro’s prices with ease!

Very smooth – no catch.

Unfortunately, when I arrived at the store I did not ask for Kessie and got sweet-talked by another salesman.

He gave me a good deal but I know Kessie would have done better.

 

The payment and loading at Dave Ray was quick, and it was not before long that the new stove was at home in the kitchen.

If I had purchased the stove from Game, then I would have had to pay at the store and drive a further 40 kilometres to the warehouse to collect. No thanks.

Now what to cook as the “first meal”…?

I opted for a lovely skinless chicken from Siraj Butchery in Stanley Copley Road. They are becoming really competitive on price and quality.

Some fresh garden herbs, olive oil, white wine, black pepper, lemon juice and whatever else tickled my fancy were gathered together.

 

Liquidized and then rubbed into the inside and outside of the chicken. Marinaded for about 6 hours.

 

Into the Defy oven.

 

Roasted to perfection.

 

Served with plain pasta (coated with light herbs, olive oil, pepper and salt).

 

Hints:

  1. If you need to buy appliances or lounge suites give Kessie a telephone call at Dave Ray. He will surely beat some of the major retailers in Durban on price and delivery
  2. Don’t cook the chicken too long and use tin foil to avoid it drying out
  3. Enjoy

Harvey’s Restaurant

It was my big day and I needed a top-spot to enjoy a great meal with my precious company.

Friends had told me of Harvey’s and I thought I would investigate. It turned out to be a very good decision.

Their “about” on the web states:

“In Durban’s bohemian suburb of Morningside, a restaurant that combined the demeanour of fine dining with a super-cool attitude and sleek modern styling that spelled instant success with its previous reputation intact and improved.

The original Harvey’s, opened fifteen years ago, has re-opened, This second incarnation of Harvey’s, has already won all the accolades the first one gathered over the years, SA Top Ten, Amex Platinum Fine Dining Awards and International Wine and Food Society best restaurant award for 2009.

Harvey’s restaurant is in a landmark building, nestled between two elegant parks in Durban’s prestigious Morningside suburb. Within its first few months it became a nationally known institution as one of Durban’s must visit venues for any visitor or local.

The venue comprising two rooms, one for dinning, named the picture room for its mass of original paintings covering the padded walls and out elegant Cocktail lounge that spills onto the veranda and pavement terrace, cheekily covered in “grass” and a pavement terrace. An open-air cigar lounge is strikingly decorated as a sort of indefinable retro-quasi-gothic-hunting lodge hodgepodge, complete with mounted buffalo trophies, padded velvet walls, gold ceilings and original oil paintings.

Consistently crowned Durban’s best since 1994, this stylish restaurant is known for its innovative flavour combinations, excellent presentation, and efficient service. The menu changes every two months, but may feature items like crisp fried spiced calamari served on marinated aubergine with an avocado ice-cream and a roasted pepper coulis or duck confit with grilled magret served on pak choi, with a sticky red currant and pink peppercorn jus, with pear infused pomme William or an assorted berry plate that includes a rhubarb and ginger crème brulee, with a white chocolate and strawberry cake, lightened by a cherry and nougat ice-cream.

Although the menu changes every two months, Timol and I did not miss the bold-printed information above as the waiter “purred” away.

We started at the Cocktail lounge that spills onto the veranda and pavement terrace.

It was lovely to just watch cars and pedestrians go by as we slowly sipped on the bottle of Alto Rouge.

 

 

They weren’t joking about the picture room

 

Timol was not the only pretty lady in that room

 

After viewing the frame below I had doubts about my gold card being able to pay for the meal we were about to have

 

The calamari was certainly crispy

 

Timol had the Dorado on mash

 

I went for the duck

 

A present was thrown in for good measure

 

We ended with more wine and coffee on the veranda

For me, it’s now a toss-up between Harvey’s and 9th Avenue Bistro. I was properly impressed with both and did not mind paying the extra Dollars for extraordinary food.

Cafe 1999, which I previously went to, is not really my cup of tea.

I will have to return to 9th Avenue for round 4 to make up my mind.

Home-made Portuguese Peri-Peri Chicken Burgers

What do you do when your local chicken outlet starts charging a cock and a rooster for one small Portuguese Peri-Peri Chicken Burger? I’ll tell you. You take matters into your own hands.

Head along to your local Durban stores and buy:

Coat or marinade the fillets overnight with Veri Peri sauce, salt, black pepper, garlic, dried bay leafs and parsley.

Braai (barbecue) over a medium heat

 

Do not overcook

 

Clean and cut to size

 

Unpack the fresh rolls

 

 

Slice the rolls in half and spread the Flora on the bottom half. Spread the Trim and more Veri Peri generously on the top half

 

 

Layer chicken, cheese, onion, tomato, lettuce and even more Veri Peri to ensure the burger burns!

 

 

Serve on a plate and have burger no 2 lined up (the person eating no 1 will surely want another)

 

 

See what I mean?

 

 

 

Mimmos “Making life good!”

Now those of you that know me well, know that I like a really hearty breakfast at a really cheap price.

Spur (especially Southway Mall) has always been a front-runner. Their Westwood branch (also in Durban) improved vastly after slight prompting.

So obviously Timol and I got hugely excited when we came across Mimmos in Umhlanga.

A lovely Sunday morning ride on the motorbike or in the Ford Ranger with Roscoe the dog on the back.

We have been there a good few times and the waitrons are always so accommodating (Roscoe get fed bits of bacon fat).

The hot-deal breakfasts have been yummy and yes.. good value for money. Good parking outside too!

Look what you get for R24.90; one of the best deals in town

And for under R20.00

 

Buffet costs more if you want to pig-out

 

 

For the sweet tooth

 

 

Up close and decadent

 

Coffee (now this is where it slips a little)

 

The coffee could have been warmer.

The breakfast below.. (well the eggs speak for themselves: should have been soft)

 

The chicken sausages were “rubber” (taste & feel) and I tried to bounce a section of one to show Timol, who does not want to return to Mimmos.

Other things that morning were not firing a 100% but we won’t go there.

Now this blog is for celebrating good food and not having a go at anyone.

So I will forward this post to Mimmos and I am sure (just like Spur WW); they will up their game so they can continue drawing customers like Timol and I (who previously had at least three top drawer breakfasts in a row).

Good luck Mimmos!

We will visit once more and hope all is back to normal (please – I have seen you draw more customers than your neighboring “competitors”).

You are the only ones who can challenge Spur.

PS – I don’t go to W…Y and all the other spots who have failed to offer value for money in the breakfast department.

 

Oh what to do with that fish (Sardines) in the tin 2…

We previously had a look at Timol’s tin fish creation with Pilchards.

That tasted great!

Now the Sardines (also a Lucky Star product) get a chance to delight the taste-buds.

 

Now before we jump into the end result, let us explore what the term “Sardine fever” means to us folk living on the East Coast of South Africa.

Read here to find out more; and also look at some lovely photographs.

Let us go back to Timol’s latest creation:

  • Mince up fish
  • Add chopped onion & green chilli
  • Toss in diced tomato
  • Add salt to taste and Dhania (Coriander) leaves if you have
  • Mix all
  • Lump generously onto toasted wholewheat bread and enjoy!

Well done Timol.

Coming soon… peri-peri chicken burger made for Timol by Andy (I had to reciprocate of course).

Kara Nichha’s – A Taste of India in Westcliff Chatsworth

Now to start this post off properly; let’s understand that I am not friends with the owner. He did not offer me shares in the business or a free sandwich.

I love Indian food, food cooked with care and attention, value for money, deep tastes, tinges or splurges of chilli, bright colours, semi fat free, creamy but with no cream and did I forget to mention: value for money!

Outlets motivated solely by greed, who care less about what they are serving up (as long as the cash register rings) and who just don’t deserve a break; they seriously don’t deserve a break or support.

Yes, I am a little vocal about this subject because I am a fair cook (I can fry more than an egg) and don’t like wasting money.

So when I get served up a lump of sh!%$#*! or a few crumbs for many pennies, then I would rather go to the market, buy my own goodies at “cost” and cook a hearty tasty value for money real deal meal myself.

Now having heard the BIG rumours around town about  Kara Nichha’s value for money, I just had to go an investigate (three times now).

Could low cost + no meat = very good taste?

Without further delay, let’s zoom in with a Canon camera to all see what’s going on at a vegerterian palace.

Parking right outside

Don’t fall over – tea R2-00 and a quarter vegetable bunny (curry in quarter loaf of bread that has been scooped hollow) for R6-50 (PS – some idiot in Durban actually charges R30-00 for the same thing and it tastes terrible)

Big turnover of customers = fresh fresh food

Service is quick and ruthless – know what you want before getting served and leave with it in a minute or less

Choose your colour – choose your meal

Fresh bean & potato wrapped in a roti for R6-50! That is 0.78 US Dollar and lunch is done – creamy and tasty

Sweet meats deluxe

Some more treats and snacks

And more…

Breyani and dhall – yummy!

It’s so tasty you could drink it

Stop licking your lips and immediately head over to:

Kara Nichha’s – Westcliff
171 Florence Nightingale Drive
Durban 4092
South Africa
Phone number
031 401 2874