Kitchen Marathon Part One

Exercises like this – complex cookery planning over several days – are a joy for me. I think I inherited my father’s love of lists and fine-tuning.

Like with all things, especially cooking and it’s orbiting corollaries, as well as life itself, it’s all about timing.

Yesterday’s cless went very smoothly. I was so absorbed that I forgot to take any photos. These are the lovely dumplings, known as Jiao Zi, cooked for another program of mine a few months ago.

My Jiao Zi Dumplings:

I went to bed at 6.00pm after cleaning up the kitchen. A crackling electrical storm was brewing and the skies over Perth were moody and dark blue, like monsoon clouds.

It’s now 12.04 am on Sunday morning. The neighbours are just going to bed. I’ve had my six hours sleep, all I need.

According to Vedic Cosmography and its mature study of sidereal time, the hours before midnight are the most productive for sleep. As one approaches sunrise, sleep becomes lesser in value (in regards to resting the body).

As the saying goes, ‘early to bed, early to rise… etc’. I used to enjoy rising at midnight or shortly after in the years I spent writing my books. You should try it and see the difference. Of course you have to have a good reason to get up, and preferably you should live alone to enjoy its full benefits, and so you can go to bed early.

Well it’s time to start preparing my feast. There will be 36 adults and almost as many children attending today, at a home about half an hour’s drive away.

I’ll be serving out in 12 hours. Here’s what I’m making:

Soft Cashew-Studded South-Indian Semolina Dumplings (Rawa Idli)
Spicy Hot-and-Sour Toor-dal (Sambar)
Chili, Curry Leaf & Mustard-infused Coconut Chutney
Bengali Cashew-studded Saffron-scented Wedding Rice (Pushpanna)
Cream-infused Delhi-style Panir Croquettes (Malai Kofta)
Big Garden Salad – (Avocado, mesclun, asparagus, steamed broccoli, feta cheese, roasted zucchini, cherry tomatoes, rocket, fresh mint & fresh basil)
Cauliflower and Broccoli Pakoras
Hot & Sweet Apple Chutney
Oven Roasted Potatoes, Cauliflower & Stir-fried Snow Peas with Cashews
North Indian Puffed Fried Breads (Poories)
Cardamom Kheer with Cream
Fruit Salad – (blueberries, strawberries, passionfruit, apple, pear, pineapple, mango, plum, peach, grapes and nashi pear)

Most will be prepared here at home. The rice, idlis, pakoras, poories and fruit salad will be done on site.

Ok, enough talking, time to cook.
Posted by Kurma on 18/3/07; 2:18:14 AM

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