My Triple-C Saturday

My fifteenth class at Canberra’s Cooking Co-ordinates was another memorable one.

The day before, I snuggled down for a very comfy, non-stop double-decker bus trip. In my opinion, three-and-a-half pleasant hours on the highway was a superior and vastly cheaper choice to an overcrowded airport gefuffle, then being crammed into a plane at an ungodly, pressurised altitude.

straight and narrow:

I popped on my Bose QuietComfort Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones, turned on my music, sat back, and was immediately transported to another, transcendent realm.

the road to Canberra:

It was mighty dry out there. Australian Capital Territory, including Canberra itself, has been without rain for a very long time.

big dry land:

Demonstration classes (I cook, they watch) are a lot more demanding (for me) than a hands-on class where we all share the cooking.

CCC girls:

Staff-members Laura, Cass and Sharon dry-roasted some pappadams before the class began.

This is what we rustled up:

Vegetarian Curries of the Subcontinent

Mixed Vegetables in Creamy Gujarati-style Karhi Sauce served with flaky Paratha Breads
Simple & Sublime Fenugreek-scented Gujarati Pumpkin Curry with flame-toasted Pappadams
Karachi-style Masoor Dal & Potato Curry with Middle Eastern Breads
Bengali Panir, Chickpea and Cauliflower Curry served with Basmati Rice
Breakfast-time Cashew-Studded Sooji Curry (Upma) with Sourdough Toast, Fresh Yogurt and Chutney
Saffron Rice Pudding (Kheer)

full house at CCC:

Three hours of entertaining, educating, communicating, and of course quality cooking of 5 tastings for 40, all with non-stop-banter, requires the utmost concentration and professionalism. I think I did pretty well. My dedicated crew of staff made it all possible.

I didn’t have time to stop and take any photos of what I cooked. It was all delicious, though you’ll have to take my word for it.
Posted by Kurma on 16/9/08; 6:47:32 AM

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