Dinner at Lynette’s

Ferocious storms lashed much of Queensland yesterday and last night, sending hail, torrential rain and strong winds.

The internet’s still down at the Hare Krishna Temple at Graceville, so I’ve taken to wandering the streets looking for a unsecured wireless connection. I’m only joking, but it did cross my mind. Actually I’m sending this daily report from a friend’s house around the corner where things are in order.

The cookery class and dinner at Lynette’s gorgeous house in the Brisbane suburb of Nundah went wonderfully well. The ebullient hostess made sure everything was in order in her custom-built kitchen. Things proceeded like clockwork.

Here’s our team rallying around Ben as the spice paste reduces.

doin' 'the spice paste':

I predicted we would eat around 9.00pm, and sure enough, as the clock struck nine we sat down to hot, Cashew-Studded South-Indian Steamed Semolina Breads (Rawa Idlis) served with a magnificent Spicy Hot-and-Sour Toor-dal Soup (Sambar) and Fresh Coconut Chutney.

The main course was Basmati Rice with Saffron, Peas & Fresh Coriander, Creamed Spinach with Fresh Curd Cheese (Palak Panir), and Hearty Koftas in Tomato Sauce.

There wasn’t much room for dessert, but we managed to squeeze in a few Succulent Milk Fudge Balls in Rose-scented Syrup (Gulab Jamuns) and sipped on dainty cups of Hot Spiced Tea (Masala Chai).

Dinner at Lynette's:

The storms subsided as the night went on. Back in Graceville, I looked out of my riverside window to see the last glimmers of a distant lightening storm flashing on the dark Queensland skyline. I crawled into bed just before midnight.
Posted by Kurma on 9/11/06; 2:54:26 PM

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