|My night at Exclusive Books was fun, fun, fun! We arrived at Durban’s massive Pavilion Shopping Centre three hours before the class/book signing and began our set-up in earnest. I noticed with pleasure the handsome display of my books and the advertisement for the program.
An hour before the class the numbers had swelled to fifty jolly, mostly middle-aged ladies and gentlemen, and all the seats were taken. The program had been overbooked due to so much interest. It was standing room only by the time the class commenced.
We cooked a cashew and dried fruit studded Bengali wedding basmati rice (Pushpana), fresh panir cheese fried into little steaks and served on French bread with garden greens and cherry tomatoes, and an orange, lemon, apple and walnut semolina halava pudding. Many of the ever-smiling staff attended the class and happily served over eighty of the tastings.
Everyone enjoyed their little sample plates, and many went home with a newly signed cookbook.
An altogether refreshing night!
Posted by Kurma on 1/8/06; 1:29:50 PM