Rikita - I would love to know a few of her concerns. I had months of having to wait with my son at school until his best friend arrived in the morning. That was when he was 4 and at pre-school. When he started Grade/Class 1, I would hold his hand walking to class - he was now 6. His teacher did not like this and indicated he was big enough to cope on his own. Now when it comes to my grandsons ( his boys) they can't get to school soon enough and seem to absolutely love it. I have to wonder if this confidence/eagerness, might have something to do with the fact their parents divorced after 5 years of marriage...
Oh my goodness! I can see us going to Cuba and Mr.Tod riding in one beautiful vintage car after another. Just looking would not be enough. I think he would even pay to drive one around the block. Fantastic array of photos - thank you so much!
Thank you so much Bixa - I had to know if you used Hoja Santa. Maybe tell me how or in what dish next time. Tonight I proudly presented CARNITAS onto the dining table! They were perfect and I have a photo which I will post tomorrow.
In South Africa the Afrikaans speaking farmer, like my Late dad, was very fond of boiling 'Skaap pens en pooitjies". Translated is - Sheep tripe and feet. Usually curried. A friend's husband was mad about roasted sheep's head. I got the fright of my life one day when I opened their oven and was greeted by a grinning sheep's head with all its teeth poking out!
Bixa - I'm going to be hugely adventurous in my kitchen this year. If I can't get certain ingredients in my supermarket, I am noting them down and will try and buy them in Paris at the end of the year. As you know I have asked about MOLE before and see it can even be bought in a jar. In my research I see Mole`s can take up 25 to 35 ingredients with a long and laborious method.
NEXT: Do you ever buy this plant leaf? Piper auritum (Hoja santa). I see it is an aromatic herb with a heart-shaped, velvety leaf which grows in tropic Mesoamerica. The name hoja santa means "sacred leaf" in Spanish, as you would know. It is also known as yerba santa, hierba santa, Mexican pepperleaf, acuyo, tlanepa, anisillo, root beer plant, Vera Cruz pepper and sacred pepper.
Rikita - Corn flour or Corn starch in my kitchen is used as a thickener for stews or a white sauce or something you might have made for Agnes - Sweet Blanc Mange made with milk & Cornflour. Polenta is just finely ground yellow corn meal. Like Mark, all maize meal sold here is made from white maize. Only when we had a shortage did they mix the two together. In a blind test I doubt one could tell the difference.
I was telling Mark that corn meal can be made absolutely delicious when made into a "Paptert" or 'Porridge Pie' (in English). It is very South African and served at a BBQ. There are dozens upon dozens of recipes on the Net, and each one can be tweaked to suit ones palate.
My tip is to mix creamed or whole kernel corn into the stiffly cooked cornmeal porridge instead of layering it separately in the dish. Also, don't be shy with the cream. Poke holes with a wooden skewer into the layered tart when pouring over the cream so it can seep right down.
Mark, I keep telling you, you have not tasted the nectar of the Gods until you have eaten 'Pap Tert'. OK, in English, Porridge tart. It is absolutely divine and she wouldn't have a clue how to make it ...but I do. For those of you out of range of white maize meal, I'm sure it could be made with polenta. I'm going to post it on The Galley....I might have done so already- better check.
Good for her! She definitely does not live in the surrounds of shit close at hand, and neither do I, but she like me, may have to see it on a daily basis. The only placating thing for me is that the shit I see is nowhere near the unbearable shit further north. Oh Donald where's yer troosers!
I read his comment as "Shit Hole" not shithole. The difference between the two for me is that Shit Hole means a really nasty PLACE. The other 'Shithole', means the place our digestion exits. In my mind he was definitely referring to AFRICA as a nasty place that stinks. If you have never been here, come and smell the shit for yourself. Some live in shit, some talk shit, some have shit for brains, and a lot treat each other like shit. We are a shitty place but it's home and we have nowhere else to go.
Great snaps Bixa - I do wish the bride was carrying the beautiful arrangement of flowers on the car bonnet instead of her tiny bouquet of mismatched colors. Almost as if they grabbed the left overs and bunched them together. The little old lady with the ice cream cart probably loves her job - instead of rotting inside four walls she is out chatting up the public. For many old people retirement is death.
Mark - In Zambia they love tripe or as it's called 'Ichifu'. What I want to know from Kerouac is, what kind of tripe is he boiling? Lamb or beef? I don't know if I would like to eat partially or not thoroughly clean tripe.....Maybe if you are cooking it with onions Kerouac, that might be stemming the pong.
This is why Mark. Major coral bleaching. This occurs during high sea surface temperatures associated with El Nino – a warm extreme weather pattern. But other factors such as cold conditions, elevated solar radiations and pollution have been found to cause minor coral bleaching at local scale. Coral along Tanzania’s coastline is being affected.
For example, the 1997-1998 global coral bleaching event caused mortalities of up to 80% in some of Tanzania’s reefs. This worldwide bleaching event was caused by elevated sea surface temperature due to El Nino. Sea surface temperatures were 2°C higher than average (over 30°C).
The Misali and Tutia reefs in Pemba and Mafia Islands were the most affected with about 90% of these reefs suffering coral mortality.
Normally prolonged bleaching events lead to coral mortality (deaths) because the provider of food - photosynthetic algae – is no longer there to play its role. Most of these reefs have not recovered and there is no hope for them to recover completely.
Another bleaching event occurred in 2016 between February and June along the Tanzanian coast. Like previous events, this was caused by high sea surface temperatures due to El Niño. But this one didn’t cause much mortality. Few coral mortalities were observed in reefs in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Most coral recovered and are now in good health.
While these were two significant coral bleaching events, there are also minor seasonal bleaching events. These are not recorded and occur between February and June as these are the hottest months in Tanzania.
Mark another factor could also be that Stone Town Reef is probably the most visited corals in Zanzibar by snorkelers. Is that where you were? There are very vigilant tour operators on snorkel outings on The Great Barrier Reef, and if you were found standing on the coral you got a huge dressing down. It is a big No No. Maybe not so strict in Zanzibar?.
Absolutely! Poor little thing. I am hunting for my Fruit Bat photos I took end of last year. Soon as we find some time we are putting up a bat house in the garden. Don't know if it will work or what kind of bats we will attract. Doesn't matter really as long as we have them keeping the flying ants and the like, at bey.
Believe it or not, Havanna reminds me a lot of Israel. In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem I couldn't get over the neglected buildings and rubble left to grow weeds. I remember asking our guide why things were left to rot. His simple answer to an ignoramus like me at the time, was "Well, there is a war going on and just no money for anything else" No war in Havanna, but years of struggling for funds I guess. Still, clean and very interesting. I love Art Deco, Mr.Tod loves old cars - A place made in heaven for a visit I guess.
That was lovely to see - buildings might be old and neglected but what struck me immediately was the effort in keeping street clean and devoid of all garbage. Everything is old but clean. A great pat on the back from me as an armchair tourist. How wonderful not to be enveloped in another 'shit hole'. I see some pride in Regla and in Cuba overall. Africa should sit up and take note. People might not say it, but they definitely think it - Africa is filthy, filthy, filthy.
Even if the weather was not the best, the town deserted and not much going on, the majestic chalk cliffs with that arm reaching out to the little lump beside it is fantastic. And getting out of the city for a change of scenery is worth the effort to go there. It makes me consider doing a day trip there in September, or even a weekend.My Guide book on France call the cliffs Falaise d'Aval (likened to an elephants trunk)
And here we are! After a superb dinner at Ginger, the restaurant inside the hotel, we settled down on our balcony and watched a 20 minute show of stunning fireworks. And so I conclude our weekend with a bang!
To conclude our super weekend I can't not show you just a smidgeon of the wedding. I was in absolute awe of the bouquets. I have never see proteas as large as that. The venue was outdoors. There was no confetti only rose petals and bubbles which were presented in little tubes.
On Saturday just as we were closing up shop, a bat was spotted clinging to some fabic. By switching off all the neon lights it flew out of the door and grabbed the nearest perch which was the closed 'chain gate' in the entrance.