Wild Sourdough

Wild Sourdough Bread:

If you love sourdough bread, read on.

Yoke Mardewi personally taught me how to make my own sourdough bread, and gave me my first little pot of ancient sourdough culture. I’ve still got some, asleep in the freezer, awaiting re-birth in less hectic times.

Yoke runs sourdough breadmaking seminars in her home town Perth, and interstate across Australia.

Visit her website for details.

You may also wish to buy her excellent book, available worldwide. I’ve got a copy. Highly recommended.

Nineteen Forty Six


Do you have a Facebook Page? You don’t? OMG! As my teenage son would say, you must be special. And that’s not a compliment, apparently.

There are, apparently, 400 million active members on Facebook. They say that if Facebook was a country, it would be the third largest in the world.

And here’s another ‘apparently’: I have 1946 friends, with 5-10 newbies everyday who ask me to ‘come out and play’. Not much fresh-air on my computer chair though. So it’s not surprising that many people still feel isolated and lonely despite a plethora of cyber friends.

Some things get a bit out of hand on Facebook. Barack Obama has 11,848,709 friends.

I say: Better a handful of real-life flesh-and-blood friends that drop by your house physically, than thousands of cheap-as-chips internet ones. That’s not to say I don’t respect my internet ones. It’s nice to have friends in Kwazulu Natal, Turkmenistan and the Outer Hebrides. It’s a great way of networking, no doubt. I’ve even got a friend who’s a friend of Harry Windsor. But now I’m name-dropping.

Come by and say hello, at least in the feels-like-pretend world of Facebook. Become my 2000th friend.

Curry, and Other Concoctions

beautiful fresh curry leavs:

George from Johannesburg, South Africa wrote me some time ago about a very interesting subject:

“Howzit Kurma! I attended one of your classes years ago when I was living in Durban. Here’s my question: In your class you mentioned briefly how the word curry was a made-up name. Can you elaborate please?”

My reply was as follows:

“Hello George. Yes, in actual fact, the word ‘curry’ is a misnomer, popularised and perpetuated by the British. There is no historical precedence to that name in classic Indian culinary culture before the 18th century. There’s a great deal of speculation and guess-work as to how the name ‘curry’ was first introduced.

Some sources explain: “The term curry could be possibly derived from ‘koora’ in the Telugu language, which means stew or gravy of any vegetable.”

Also: Curry leaves – (Murraya koenigii) are known as ‘Karuvapillai’, in the Tamil language, ‘karibevu’ in the Kannada, and ‘kariveppila’ in Malayalam.

Another theory: the root word for curry is ‘Kadhi’, which derives from the term ‘Kadhna’ meaning ‘to simmer’ or ‘Karahi’ denoting the cooking vessel used in Indian kitchens. And there is also the term