Stormin’ Kormin’s Big Day

I’m chilling under the overhead fans here in Darwin (Howard Springs, to be precise – the ‘Toorak of the Territory’, according to mein host). Outside, the cicadas are rubbing whatever they rub and the heat is blistering, even at 9.00 Sunday morning. Still not a drop of monsoon rain. As my host wryly opined, “There’ll be a huge blankety-blanking storm the moment you fly out”. He could be right.

Friday was spent shopping, and we came home to a whopping brown tree snake to greet us at the back door. This one, to be precise, though our snake did not allow himself the luxury of a photograph, but rather hid for hours behind a bucket.

Brown Tree Snake:

Later that night I encountered another local inhabitant, also perched at the back door. Meet Jabba.

jabba the frog:

The class on Saturday was ‘a ripper’. Here’s our jolly crew, relaxing in their calm-before-Kurma Storm.

at home in Darwin:

Our laugh-a-minute host Andrew poses atop his prize – a (rarely seen in The Territories) Wild Humpback Panir (Lacteous lumpus, subsp. caseinii), 15 litres worth.

Mighty Cheese:

Our team sat down to one of my groaniest (I know there is no such word) dinner tables ever. What a spread!

groaning tables, Darwin:

This is what we cooked:

“Vegetarian World Food”

Fragrant, Tomato-laced South Indian Hot & Sour Toor Dal Soup (Rasam)
Seared Chili-infused Fresh Panir Steaks On a bed of Sweet Potato Mash
North Indian Cabbage, Coconut and Peanut Salad (Kobi Pachadi)
South Indian Lemon Rice with Almonds, Fresh Coconut & Coriander
Stir-fry of Oven-roasted Cauliflowers with Sugar Snap Peas and Cashews
Fresh Crisp Puffed North-Indian Fried Wheat Breads (Poories)
Hot & Sweet Orange-scented Apple Chutney
Creamy Cardamom-infused Condensed Yogurt Dessert with Pistachios and Saffron Syrup (Shrikhand) (pictured below)


It’s time for a late brekky. No guesses what’s on the menu.

mangoes for breakfast:
Posted by Kurma on 26/10/08; 10:30:19 AM

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