A Beaut Day in Belconnen – One Dab and it’s Gone!

I just returned from a successful day of teaching at Canberra’s Cooking Coordinates. Here’s Nella, Cass and Lumi, my able crew for the day. I couldn’t have have done it without them.


The house starts to fill! The tiered seating faciltated a perfect view of the cooking, with the aid of overhead mirrors.


Crisp wanton pastry sheets filled with whipped cream and mangoes made for a crunchy dessert! Here’s Greg with his resounding bite.


All eyes on Greg as he took the plunge.


Pretty bogus captions, I know. Greg did assure me that he didn’t mind being recorded mid-bite for posterity. He got his wishes fulfilled.

I had a great day. It was my 10th year at Cooking Coordinates, and my 18th class there. For me, the “icing on the cake” was this letter.

“Hi Kurma

I attended your class in Canberra today… thank you, it was wonderful. I’m writing to you so that you might post this little tip on your website.

I had an unfortunate accident today, where I spilled your delicious Chickpeas in Tomato Glaze all down the front of my white skirt. The lady next to me, and your assistant both told me that I would never get the stain out due to the turmeric. They suggested I consider dying my skirt yellow!

When I got home after the class, I poured pure Eucalyptus oil straight onto the stains. I let it soak for a few minutes and then poured soda water on top and used paper towel to dab the water off.

I then put the skirt into the wash and when it came out the stains were completely gone – not even a yellow tinge. I thought you and your readers might be interested given how often you cook with turmeric.

I am told that it works well with other stains too, eg. red wine. The trick is not to do anything to the stain before pouring the Eucalyptus oil on. I usually use Eucalyptus oil instead of fabric softener… no chemicals, your clothes are soft and they smell fantastic (it also helps keep the moths away).

Thanks again for a wonderful day,

Posted by Kurma on 25/10/09; 5:34:57 PM

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