Part Five: São Paulo, Brazil
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always impresses my students how amazing it is that one minute there
is milk in the saucepan, and fifteen minutes later it has been transformed
into a block of cheese. I gave the class a taste of the fresh product,
sliced while still warm, and drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil,
a squeeze of fresh lime juice, a sprinkle of cracked peppercorns
and a pinch of sea salt. Quite a sensual experience. More
about homemade cheese.
entire lunch took less than three hours to prepare. Inspired by
my suggestion that 'half the cooking is cleaning', we all cleaned
the kitchen. A group photo was in order. Best before we ate, I thought,
so we could include the lunch in the photo. And of course, so we
could all be standing for the photograph! It turned out a wise choice,
since we all ate very well indeed.
all the guests went home, we sat around and chatted. Madhava pointed
out a noticeboard with many newspaper cuttings glorifying the restaurant.
She also showed me her selection of vegetarian stickers which are
very popular with the clientele. I chose a few to bring home, including
the one pictured which says "Pigs are our friends, don't
the evening we visited the Hare Krishna Temple at Avenida Angelica.
It was the famous Sunday Feast! After the exhuberant congregational
mantra chanting before the Deities of Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra,
I read a few excerpts from my book "The Great Transcendental
Adventure". A feast was served after that, and somehow
I politely ate some, although our party were well and truly stuffed
from the cooking class lunch. This was a wonderful spiritual finale
to our all-too-brief stay in São Paulo. Tomorrow,
onwards to Pindamonhangaba.
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