|Ok, the dust has settled, I’ve unpacked, answered my banked-up mail, so it’s time to show you what we did over our weekend ‘down South’.
Our classes were a manageable size of 12. This is Saturday’s menu:
“Warm Foods for Cool Days” 1
Saudi Baharat-scented Chickpea, Tomato and Spinach Soup
Zesty Lemon Rice with Fresh Coconut & Cashews
Seared Chili Panir Steaks with Sweet Potato Mash & Rocket Salad
Flame-toasted Pappadams, Fresh Lemon Wedges & Yogurt
Sweet and Spicy Anise-scented Pear Chutney
South Indian Style Curry of Cauliflower, Potato and Peas
North Indian Cardamon-infused Carrot Halava
Here’s some of our younger participants. Jake is a budding chef. His sister – well – she just came along for the ride, but she was eager to help. Their mother Rose (standing behind them, in red) owns the local Balingup Bronze Gallery, a well-known gluten-free cafe and gallery.
Half of the group were from Perth and stayed the whole weekend, the other half were locals who dropped in just for the class. Most of the outside attendees were from Balingup, which from all descriptions is a real happening place. Our group consisted of orchardists, a hazelnut farmer, natural therapists, a personal health trainer, raspberry growers, a llama farmer and those involved in a variety of local cottage industries.
In the picture below, that’s Pippa standing on the far left, who facilitated all the early-morning yoga sessions. And seated second from the right is Alison, Pippa’s mum, owner of the Mullalyup Farm Lodge, and our generous hostess for the weekend. Thank you Pippa and Alison!
Of course, lunch, served promptly at 1.15 pm (as promised) was one of the highlights.
We followed the same schedule on Sunday, with a new group, seen below, poised to begin. The torrential rain came and went, but we remained snug and dry inside, warmed by the heat of the stoves and the wood-fuelled fire. The perfect day for cooking!
Spud duty! Notice Lee and Amelia’s serious expressions. Well potato peeling requires great concentration. And the soup was so tasty, it was well worth it.
And the grand finale was – yes – another great lunch.
“Warm Foods for Cool Days” 2
Rustic Carrot & Ginger Soup
Bengali Royal Rice (Pushpanna)
Savoury Fresh Cheese Balls in Creamy Tomato Sauce (Malai Kofta)
Hot, Sweet, Spicy & Sour Eggplant Pickles
Succulent Gujarati Pumpkin
Salad of Mesclun, BBQ Asparagus, Avocado, Grape Tomatoes & Herbs
Griddle-Baked Bread (Chapati)
Sticky Date, Orange & Walnut Semolina Halava Pudding
Everyone had a great time, and between cooking and eating, head massage, early morning yoga and meditation sessions, it was a splendid holistic weekend.
Posted by Kurma on 31/7/07; 9:55:45 AM