Perth’s Santa Maria College was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1938.
It’s a Catholic Day and Boarding School for girls, Year 8-12.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of sharing a cookery class with staff from the Food and Textiles Department.
Here’s the crew:
Pre-lunch nibbles of our home-made chili panir was well-received.
Lunch was delightful (see menu, blog entry below).
And a work of art!
I’m teaching the teachers today at Perth’s Santa Maria College. They requested an Asian Banquet. Here’s our menu:
Bengali Fruit & Nut-studded Wedding Rice (Pushpanna)
Creamed Spinach with Fresh Curd Cheese (Palak Panir)
Malaysian Curry Puffs (pictured, above)
Fresh Mango Chutney
Indonesian Fruit Platter with Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce (Rujak Manis)
I’ll bring along my trusty camera and try for a photo essay tomorrow.
“A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean question: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well – or ill?”
John Steinbeck, 1902-1968
“Bhajana kara sadhana kara, matte janle haya”
Translation: “Whatever you do for perfection will be tested at the time of your death.” Bengali proverb.
“My advice is, do not criticize others. Try to rectify yourself.”
– Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur
My strawberry plants are fruiting! Yesterday I picked a small bowl full and made this strawberry shortcake recipe. It truly is incredible!
Strawberry Cream Shortcake
This cake is actually somewhere between a shortcake and a sponge. It
It was Benjamin Franklin who wrote in Poor Richard’s Almanack: “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”
There is a great deal of profound truth in this proverb…more…
My one-day Challenger TAFE cookery workshop at All Saints’ College on Saturday was a resounding success. The suburb was Bull Creek, an evocative title for a place that no longer has a creek of much significance, nor bulls, but obviously harks to an earlier era.
Here’s our team:
Brett and Melanie (below) are eager vegetarian husband and wife chefs:
Maurice (below, with wife Lee-Anne) is a full-time restaurant owner and chef, and we shared a lot in common with our passion for cooking.
Our yogurt cheese was made from hanging 2 kilos of Greek-style yogurt in a cloth overnight to drain off excess whey. The result was the magnificent basis for our dessert, ready to be sweetened and folded with saffron, cardamom, rosewater and pistachios. Lyn and Ines (left and right, below) are painstakingly removing aromatic cardamom seeds from their pods.
“A meal is not complete without a sweet’ someone said.
Some of the fruits of our hard labour:
This was my last TAFE class of the season, but there’s plenty more events up my culinary sleeves. See Kurma’s Cooking Classes & Workshops, Australia and the World 2006
A Poland-based website specialising in world travel stories has published my July-August 2003 Culinary Tours Diaries of Chile, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina. Visit www.odyssei.com (scroll down).
Off to Bull Creek this morning to teach a one-day cookery workshop at Challenger TAFE (Tertiary and Further Education).
Here’s our menu:
Vegetarian World Food
Fragrant South Indian Toor Dal Soup (Rasam) Served with Steamed Basmati Rice
Sweet Chili Panir Steaks with Sweet Potato Mash & Rocket Salad
BBQ Asparagus with Semi-dried Tomato & Macadamia Chutney
Israeli Chickpea Croquettes (Falafel)
Chickpea and Sesame Paste Dip (Hummus bi Tahina)
Greek-style Eggplant Casserole (Moussaka)
Creamy Cardamom-infused Condensed Yogurt Dessert with Pistachios and Saffron Syrup (Shrikhand)
I’ll keep you posted.
A number of astute readers have reminded me that the picture (below) of me being arrested in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall was in fact 1978, and not 1972. All those police bashings must have affected my memory. Seriously though, my arrest in 1972, and my final brush with the law in 1979, led to three different sojourns in Pentridge, though all for the same reason.
The graphic photo of my arrest was snapped by an Age photographer who just happened to be passing.
The Melbourne City Council’s seven-year vendetta was draconian and harsh, but after many skirmishes with the law, the Hare Krishna’s were finally allowed to merrily chant and dance on the street without further harassment. Mine and other jail sentences only help turn the public’s perception in our favour.
The Hare Krishna devotees first attracted undue local council and Police scrutiny in Sydney in early 1972. Here’s an account of one of the earliest police ‘stings’, narrated in chapter five of my history of the Hare Krishnas in Australia called “The Great Transcendental Adventure”.
29 APRIL 1972
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