Human Rights Violations in Kazakhstan

I have friends in Kazakhstan who have had their homes demolished and all their property confiscated by the government.

destruction:

More…

24 hours after 200 riot police appeared at the their farm community, the
residents are sifting through the ruins of their homes trying to salvage clothes and belongings. The Omon riot police threw the personal belongings of the Hare Krishna’s into the mud and snow, while loading the furniture on the back of
trucks.

Here is video footage of the destruction, taken on November 21, 2006, showing Kazakh government destruction of 13 homes at the Hare Krishna Community near Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Please get this video to media and government officers in your nations that
they may raise protest against the persecution of this minority religion in
Kazakhstan.

Cards and Letters

Received this letter:

pencil:

“Dear Kurma,

Ruth & I were part of our recent cookfest at Nundah, The night was just
great. The preparation and presentation of the ingredents was inspiring and
calming for my mind.

The next day I made my best ever Paneer using the yoghurt additive; We combined some of it with sweet chilli/soy sauce & coriander (fantastic). Thanks Kurma for a great night.

Barry”

William Angliss

My last class of the tour went according to plan. The team were a delight to work with.

Angliss Crew:

Lunch was tasty, punctual and elegant.

Angliss Lunch:

I’m in Sydney saying goodbye to my mother.

Townsville Part 3

The last night’s class in Townsville was perhaps the best of the three.

Our menu:

Iced Avocado-laced Gazpacho Soup

Syrian Roast Pepper, Walnut & Pomegranate Molasses Dip (Muhammara) with Grilled Ciabatta & Vegetable Crudites

Crispy Battered Fillets of Fresh Panir Cheese (Panir Pakoras) with Fresh Peach Chutney

Turkish Rice Pilaf with Currants & Pine Nuts with Spicy Javanese Eggplant (Balado Terong)

Creamy Cardamom-infused Condensed Yogurt Dessert with Pistachios and Saffron Syrup (Shrikhand)

The highlight for me was the Turkish Rice Pilaf with Currants & Pine Nuts with Spicy Javanese Eggplant (Balado Terong).

Turkish Rice & Balado Terong:

The dessert – Creamy Cardamom-infused Condensed Yogurt Dessert with Pistachios and Saffron Syrup (Shrikhand) – looked and tasted wonderful.

saffron shrikand:

And that was it. Next morning I flew from steamy Townsville to a cold Brisbane and then on down to Melbourne, where the weather was noticeably even chillier.

Now I’m still in Melbourne for my last class of the season, to be held at William Angliss College in downtown Melbourne.

Townsville Part 2

We did it all again, and had fun.

Here’s what we cooked:

The Global Vegetarian #2, Wednesday 15

Sicilian Eggplant Appetiser (Caponata) with Crispy Lavash

Melange of Seasonal Vegetables, Mung Beans & Basmati Rice (Khichari)
with Middle-Eastern Yogurt-Cheese (Labneh) and Fresh Lime Wedges

Spiced Panir Steaks on Preserved Lemon Couscous drizzled with Coriander and Macadamia Pistou and served with Fresh Mango Chutney

Roasted Cauliflower & Stir-fried Snow Peas with Cashews
served with Flakey Malaysian Paratha Wedges

Epiphany Doughnuts in Lemon-scented Rosewater & Orange-Blossom Syrup

The Caponata, scented with basil and capers, was our warm entree.

caponata:

I tested some new recipes, yet to be published. This is the Spiced Panir Steaks on Preserved Lemon Couscous drizzled with Coriander and Macadamia Pistou and served with Fresh Mango Chutney.

something new:

The Epiphany Doughnuts in Lemon-scented Rosewater & Orange-Blossom Syrup were popular as usual.

rose-scented delights:

Second last class of this tour tonight.

Currying Favour

Marlene from Mackay asks:

“Dear Kurma, I have a Curry Plant in my garden – sort of silvery grey thing. Are the leaves of this plant what you refer to as curry leaves in your recipes?”

My answer:

“No! That plant (Helichrysum italicum) has no culinary value. You need Murraya koenigii, pictured below.

curry leaves:

Click here for more details, pictures, botanical information etc.