Monday, July 8, 2013
My birthday observances have begun
For reasons of convenience, my birthday observances generally stretch out on either side of the actual day. Since this year is my 70th., people are being extra kind. Tonight, Jenny put on a Dhansak dinner for me -- always impressive but so much work that she does them rarely.
And Jenny went the full hog tonight, not only offering the Dhansak itself but also Kachumbar (an amazing Parsee salad), Parsee pillau, green chutney and various other accompaniments. If you think you know chutney you don't until you have had green chutney.
Present were Jenny & Nanna, Paul & family, Von & family. We dined in Nanna's granny flat as it was a bit too nippy for our usual rendezvous on the back verandah.
Paul is a bit given to excess on occasions and he suffered for it tonight. He likes "hot" food so bit into some chillies Jenny had. But they were REALLY hot so he had a very sore mouth for a while. He wasn't as talkative as he usually is for a while after that.
In the circumstances a lot of the conversation was about food and I got the impression that both Susan and Simon had some interest in learning how to do a Dhansak. The one Jenny does is the real thing, not the bland curry you usually get under that name in Indian restaurants.
The Dhansak. It tastes a lot better than it looks