Monday, November 17, 2014
A final visit from Von & Co. before their departure
They came over at 2pm for afternoon tea. It was a pretty hot day so we met in Joe's room, as he has the best air-conditioning. Joe even tidied up his room in advance!
I had some Japanese curry products ("Golden" curry sauce and "Vermont" curry sauce) to give Von & Simon just by way of introducing them to Japanese curry. They can probably get the stuff in NZ if they know what to look for. I also gave Simon a bottle of ready-made Teriyaki sauce, which he looked at with great interest.
On her visits to my place Von has on a couple of occasions said how much she likes my tea. It is Tetley tea, an English brand. I have a big box of it so I gave her a small pile of it to take home.
Von gave me a packet of a Pakistani curry sauce which they like. Simon makes mutton curry with it. It is Achar Gosht Masala and Von says it is their favourite curry. Apparently I can just toss it into my crockpot with a few other ingredients and that is all there is to cooking it. Hopefully, I can find some mutton to try it with. Anne is very keen on mutton so she might be able to track some down.
Joe spent a lot of time playing with Hannah, which she greatly enjoyed. He plays the sort of impromptu games I played with the earlier generation and he is very popular with the littlies because of it. He really livened her up but she wore out after a while. That was a bit of a surprise as in my day I always wore out before the kids did.
An amusing thing was Von on chocolate drinks. She thinks that things like Milo are too weak. She goes for the original cocoa, which she can put in large quantities into a drink. She likes dark chocolate (as I do) so she likes her drinks dark too.
Von is an amazing sentimentalist. Paul and I are great sentimentalists but Von leaves us both in the dust. She has mementoes of almost all of her past -- starting from when she was a little girl. So it was amusing that she remembered my writing desk -- which I still have -- from way back. She was pleased to see it again.
One of the curries