Monday, August 11, 2008

First Two Days in Kerala

Mike Pardus reporting on his gastronomic trip to India

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Ok, so I'm two days late....but I'm still 10 hours ahead of most of you, so maybe it's not so bad. I've got some video to post - gotta work that one out next, but these photos should give you an idea of what's going on over here.

traveled froo 20 hours to get to the hotel - across 10 time zones, slept for 4 hours and went staright to work. Got invited into the hotel kitchen to catch a Naan demo on the tandoori oven - video may actually get posted, ten went out to start eating curried fish, prawns and veg. Got a few more hours sleep and then went to the docks of old Cochin to look over the fresh catch. Fortunately, one of our group is from Kerala, and his mom - the most fierce negotiator I've ever seen - got us 5 kg of giant prawns and 5 kg of King Mackeral for about $20 US....then got a local restaurant chef to cook them for us - while we all crowded into the kitchen to watch and take pictures. The meal was very simple - fried mackerel and a prawn curry with local Keralan rice and roti - but it was as fresh as could be, cooked by a guy who did it so naturally and well that it all happened - stall to dinner plate - in less than an hour.

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