Nepali delights

Namaste!

Lunch in Nepal was another grand affair although, with hindsight, I don’t think I chose the menu wisely. With only a couple of exceptions, the ingredients and cooking methods were quite similar so there didn’t seem to be very much variety.

The standout dish was the mutton curry, except that I couldn’t source mutton in a hurry (why the heck am I always in a hurry?), so it was lamb curry. But it was still very nice, and definitely worth trying again. If only I knew a butcher who could get mutton for me!

The momo (dumplings) were lovely, but I must make a note to myself to not make them the day before and leave them in the fridge overnight. They tasted OK, but looked quite messy.

And the cocktail. Yes, the cocktail lived up to all of our fears. Coconut and curry and lemon and gin was never going to be a good idea. It just goes to show that you should always listen to those little warning bells.

At this stage, it sounds like lunch in Nepal was an exercise in what not to do. But that is a very unfair judgement on our meal. The Chicken Thukpa (soup) was delicious, as was the mango chutney, and the gwaramari (bread) was a big hit. And, if I was perfectly honest, the mango chutney was the nicest I’ve had. The Kheer (vermicelli pudding) has great potential. I’ll definitely make it again, but with more sugar and perhaps some vanilla.

We invited Liam’s two mates (who are twins) and their parents along, so with Jan, we had four kids and six adults. As a variation of frog in a pond, I did a frog on a mountain for the kids.

Will won the quiz. Truly, Jan, we’re going to have to think of a way to sabotage Will so that he doesn’t win so easily so often!

Photos are below. Elysia wasn’t able to make it, so Pete took the photos. Pete – they are awesome photos, especially for a nine-year-old. Thank you so much for taking them!

Namaste, Nepal, and Konnichiwa, Japan. I’m very excited about going to Japan!!

 

Hitting the heights – we’re off to Nepal!

It’s October. It’s Nepal.

Nepal – land of the Ghurka, birthplace of the Buddha, and home of Mount Everest, the world’s only non-quadrilateral flag and truly amazing food.

I have eaten at quite a few Nepalese restaurants in Melbourne, mainly in Lygon Street, and the food has always been almost to die for.

We’ll have lunch in Nepal on 22 October. The usual suspects will be there – Jan and Lauren and Will and the kids, and we’ll be joined by Jacqui and Rich and their twin boys, who are Liam’s best mates. Its going to be a noisy lunch, this one!

My research tells me that dal bhat is compsulory Nepali food, so obviously we have to give that a try. And there’s chicken thukpa, momo (can’t wait to try the momo!!!), mutton curry, cucumber pickle salad, to name just a few. So much good food to sample!

Alcohol is not a big part of Nepali life, so I’ve had to resort to a cocktail named for Nepal – the Everest cocktail. Like Cleopatra’s kiss for lunch in Egypt, the ingredients sound more than a little contradictory. But hey ho, we’ll give it a shot.¬†Curry and cream of coconut together sound OK, and lemon and gin together sound OK. But curry and coconut and lemon and gin all together sound weird.

Nonetheless, it promises to be yet another afternoon of great food, great company and, um, interesting cocktails.

Thank you, Lauren, for choosing Nepal!

The fact sheet and place mat are attached below. Watch this space for more reports.

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