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Friday, 11 January 2013

Cooking By An Author

Three months ago, I had the pleasure of dining with Sundari Francis-Bala, author of Olly Jolly Says Count Your Blessings (Read Dining with an Author).

Tonight I had the honour of having the author cook a delicious feast, as we discussed her upcoming reading as part of Family Literacy Week at Richmond Public Library.

And what a lovely evening it was, full of flavourful food, great conversation and lots of warmth.

So what did the author cook?

By far the best chicken curry anyone will ever taste.

Creamy and rich but had delightful clear flavours of South Indian food, making it rich without being heavy.


I was introduced to bitter melon by the author and fell in love with this vegetable (or is it a fruit).

This dish was fried bitter melon with onions and spices. Eaten over rice was an experience to savour.

The cosmopolitan author also made Kebbeh, one of my favourite Lebanese dishes.

And this version was addictive with enhanced pepper and cumin flavours.

And of course, an Indian dinner without daal will not be complete.

This was a beet daal - inventive, refreshing and thoroughly enjoyed.

For dessert, a decadent Belgium Chocolate Mousse from Brekka on Fraser Street.

What a wonderful eating experience this was. 

Thank you very much dear author...

 ... and I look forward to the book reading on January 26 (and hopefully some of you readers will join us).

1 comment:

sundari said...

Thank you, my generous neighbour, for your comments and appreciation. As somebody famous once said so eloquently, "Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul."

and this from the incorrigible Dolly Parton:

"My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order."

let's keep the fire burning...