Quote Able

28 11 2006

Don’t fix your life so that you’re left alone right as you come to the middle of it.


Cyber Monday

27 11 2006

Don’t you just love numbers? We overspent as usual this past Friday. I did my part with stemless wine glasses but the National Retail Foundation put it into numbers for me

  • we spent an average of $360.15 each (previously $302.81)
  • 140 million of us shopped in person at malls (previously 145M)
  • 36% of us got to our first store before sunrise and 59% had already visited one store by 0900 local time
  • men were more likely to wait in line than women (17% by 0400, only 8% for women)
  • men spent more ($420.37) than women ($304.30) and more men (48%) went shopping than women (37%, as we probably don’t count the non-spending innocent Wii-seeking children)
  • online, Ebay Inc. was the big ticket and Wal-Mart Inc slumped mainly because of server issues with downtime
  • Ebay had 7.5 million unique visitors
  • overall 12% more online shoppers
  • total sales in malls rose 6$ to $8.96 billion on Black Friday alone
  • as of Sunday, the average person has completed 35.6% of his holiday shopping (no change from previous) and only 1 in 12 has finished her holiday shopping
  • holiday sales will rise 5% this year to $457.4 billion – the terrorists have already won

Black Friday is “black” because it helps retailers get out of the red on one day alone. Traditionally, Dec 22 is the busiest shopping day. Cyber Monday is when consumers return to work and use their employers’ high-speed net access but may soon fade into oblivion as more than 40% have broadband net access.

Did you do your bit to “support the economy” or did you earmark your end-of-the-year charities?

Milagai Podi

26 11 2006

4 tbs urad dal

Dry roast 2 tbs sesame seeds and remove from pan

Dry roast 4 tbs urad dal and when slightly red, add 5 dried red chillies

Add asafetida and salt.

Scotland Calling

25 11 2006
  • See a band in the Glasgow Barrowland. Its fantastically gaudy neon exterior (cunningly doctored on the previous pages) is like a beacon to any self-respecting music lover, while the interior, complete with sticky sprung floor, is reassuringly dingy. The Barrowland is a sweaty, dark, cavernous canvas for the best bands in the world to go to town on like fevered Jackson Pollocks, squirting sound and colour over the pogoing masses below. 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow,
  • Visit the Standing Stones at Callanish. Leave Stonehenge to the hippies, Callanish is for grown-ups. The pyramids are derivative and the Incas mere weans compared to the inspired druids who erected the 50 stone sentinels overlooking Loch Roag on the Isle of Lewis 5000 years ago. These standing stones in the shape of a cross predate Stonehenge by half a millenia, and are similarly rumoured to have an astrological purpose. Myths about “the shining one” appearing on midsummer’s eve and even an adolescent Jesus visiting the site only add to the air of otherworldy intrigue. Call 01851 621 422
  • Take the West Highland line to Mallaig A 164-mile train ride bursting with superlatives – it rolls past Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis), deepest loch (Morar) and longest canal (Caledonian). The train scales mountains, glides through glens, dodges waterfalls, careers across Rannoch Moor on a floating track, and sweeps over the Glenfinnan viaduct, a place made famous by Bonnie Prince Charlie, but now more associated with a new young pretender, Harry Potter. Scotrail, 08457 48 49 50
  • Go to an Old Firm game. Every time Rangers or Celtic meet, whether in the blue and white cauldron of Ibrox or the hooped hysteria of Parkhead, it is a clash of Wagnerian proportions encapsulating centuries of religious and political feuds in 90 minutes. The football often isn’t pretty but if you can get a ticket, buckle up and prepare to be shocked and exhilarated at the greatest sporting derby in the world. Bar none. Parkhead, 95 Kerrydale Street, Glasgow, 0141 551 8653; Ibrox, 150 Edmiston Drive, Glasgow, 0870 600 1993 5.
  • Drive over the Bealach na Ba to Applecross Its official title of A896 belittles the most spectacular road in Scotland justice, or maybe Bealach na Ba (Pass of the cattle), just doesn’t fit on most AA prescribed maps. Imagine the James Bond Alpine car chase from Goldfinger, only with steeper roads and more hairpin bends, and you have one of Scotland’s most precarious drives. With the summit at 2053 feet, Bealach na Ba, just north of Kyle of Lochalsh, is also one of the highest. Hire an Aston Martin especially.
  • Visit the Turner Watercolours at the National Gallery of Scotland. With all the lights and colour of the festive period gone, January can be bleak. But every year, cracks of light appear at the National Gallery. In 1900, London art impresario Henry Vaughan bequested 38 of Turner’s finest watercolours to the National Gallery of Scotland with one condition: they could only be displayed in January, when the sunlight was weak and less destructive to the painting. So each January Turner’s masterpieces arrive like a swirling winter solstice of colour, illuminating the Mound and chasing away the January blues. The Mound, Edinburgh, 0131 624 6200
  • Eat a real Arbroath Smokie. Revel in its new EU protection status (alongside Champagne and Parma Ham), by following the wood-smoked aroma drifting from the cluster of family-run smokehouses on Arbroath harbour, and indulge on the succulent haddock meat smoked over a barrel for 90 minutes.
  • Enjoy a Dorothy’s-eye view of Edinburgh Castle. Go to the junction of Bread Street and Spittal Street in Edinburgh at dusk. Beside the shop on the corner is a blue door. Stand by that door and look up towards the castle. This is the view of the ramparts at their most soaring. Then consider this: A man called George Gibson, who was born a few feet from you, behind that blue door, emigrated to the US in 1930, worked as a scenic artist in the MGM movie studio between 1934 and 1969 and painted the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz. Now look up at the Castle again.
  • Eat a Fisher and Donaldson custard slice. As much a St Andrews tradition as golf, dead saints and posh students. Baking since 1919, Fisher and Donaldson are the closest Fife, or Scotland, has to an original French style patisserie, only with the earthy injection of Scotch pies and oatmeal skirlies. But the creme de la creme of the creme is their custard slice – gooey perfection. 13 Church Street, St Andrews, 01334 472201
  • Play the world’s oldest golf course. Pneumatic tires, radar and penicillin all have their uses, but the one Scottish invention that inspires true slavish devotion around the world is golf. And what better place to worship the sport that fashion forgot than the oldest playing course in the world, Musselburgh Old Links, where Mary Queen of Scots reputedly played a round in 1567. Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, Balcarres Road, 0131 665 5438,
  • Spit on the Heart of Midlothian. Not the football team, but the heart-shaped mosaic set into the cobbles of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. It marks the site of the old Tollbooth where criminals were occasionally executed, a place Edinburgh’s criminal fraternity would regularly spit upon. Proving there’s a vagabond inside each one of us, the tradition persists. Sadly most tourists are ignorant of this and happily wade through the pool of bronchial discharge. Eeuww. High Street, Edinburgh, near St Giles Cathedral
  • Go to a Highland Games. Toss a caber, throw a hammer, eat haggis and watch some Highland dancing – all cornerstones of the Highland Olympiad that take place in Scotland throughout summer. If you want to indulge in the more modern pursuit of celeb spotting, go to the Lonagh gathering, Strathdon – Billy Connolly invites his Hollywood buddies to it every year. But if size is what you are after, the Cowal Highland Gathering, Scotland’s biggest, should satisfy your craving. It will be held in Dunoon. Call 01369, 703 206
  • See dolphins. Moray Firth is home to a family of bottlenose dolphins. During summer 20-30 can be seen playing from the Burghead and Lossiemouth coasts, and scores of boat trips can take you into the midst of their aquatic frolicking. Moray Firth Wildlife Centre, Spey Bay, Moray, 01343 820339
  • Surf in Thurso. Industrial thick wetsuits at the ready as you prepare to ride the best right-hand breaking wave on the planet. Thurso Surf School, 01847 841300,
  • Go to a traditional music festival on an island. Whether it’s the 12-hour sail to Shetland, or the 35-minute crossing to Bute, there’s something about putting a stretch of clear blue water between you and the rest of the world that makes the festival experience extra special. A few days’ top-class music and craic is also a great incentive to sample the diverse allure of Scotland’s myriad island communities. The Shetland Folk Festival is the first of the main festivals, 01595 694 757.
  • Go to the races. The rhythmic thud of hoof on turf mixes with the quickening beat of your heart. Your knuckles go white as you clutch your betting slip. All before the euphoric release as your 14-1 shot charges over the line by a nose. A day at the races. The sport of kings has five homes in Scotland, from the relatively palatial Ayr Racecourse – home of April’s Scottish Grand National; to the rural retreats of Perth or Kelso. And with Scotland hosting 88 days of racing a year, the going is good for committed punters and those who enjoy the occasional flutter alike.
  • Follow in the footsteps on St Columba Heaven, as Belinda Carlisle melodically put it, is a place on earth; the ex-Go-Go had evidently visited the Abbey on Iona. The earliest Christian site in Scotland, the Abbey was founded in AD563 by St Columba. When the setting sun colours the white sand, Iona Abbey is still divine. Iona Abbey, Iona; public ferry from Fionnphort, Mull, 01681 700512
  • Walk the West Highland Way. The West Highland Way is picture postcard Scotland set along old sheep-herding, Jacobite-quelling roads. The 95- mile journey stretches from Milngavie near Glasgow’s industrial firmament through a landscape shaped by song, romance and roguish gallantry as much as glacial erosion and the volatile weather. Loch Lomond, Rob Roy’s cave, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe are passed, traversed and soaked into the sinew of all who tred the way. The journey ends at the base of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, in Fort William.
  • Go curling on a frozen pond. Okay, while the possibility of finding a solidly frozen pond to curl on is increasingly rare thanks to global warming, hopefully some future cold snap, ice age or winter trip into the Highlands will allow you to follow in the fevered brushstrokes of Rhona Martin and her Olympic winning girls. It is after all that rarest of beasts: a sport we invented and are world beaters at.
  • Ride the Falkirk Wheel. Rearing out of the central belt countryside, the Falkirk Wheel, linking the Forth & Clyde Canal to the Union Canal, is part engineering marvel, part HR Geiger-esque futuristic sculpture. You will never know how much you cared about the development of nautical lifts until you see the wheel move large boats with a grace that belies its nuts and bolts. Boats leave from the visitor centre, are scooped up by the wheel and placed, 15 minutes later, in the Union canal 35 metres above.
  • Go to a ceilidh at the Riverside Club. For the past 60 years this folk landmark has hosted ceilidhs every Friday and Saturday night, with Scottish dancing lessons every Monday night. There are few finer places to swing a stranger in the land. 33 Fox Street, Glasgow, 0141 248 314422. Buy Ian Rankin a pint In his books, Inspector Rebus drinks in Edinburgh’s Oxford Bar, an excellent establishment the author has also been known to frequent. 8 Young Street, Edinburgh, 0131 539 7119
  • Make the shortest scheduled flight in the world. Two minutes. Less time than it takes to boil an egg. This is how long it takes to fly from Westray to Papa Westray, two of Orkney’s smaller islands. The view is great and you get a certificate for your trouble. But it’s probably not the best time to join the mile high club.
  • Go to King Tut’s and listen to a band before they make the big tim.e Radiohead, Pulp and Suede all paid their dues at cosy King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut before packing out stadiums; a poorly-attended gig here is a rock’n’roll rite of passage. Most famously Oasis bullied their way on to a Tut’s bill in May 1993 and promptly got signed by Alan McGee. But how can you be sure you’re catching the next big thing? The forthcoming T Break showcases – featuring the most exciting unsigned Scottish talent – would be a good place to start. Call venue for details. 272a St Vincent Street, Glasgow, 0141 221 5279,
  • Windsurf on Tiree. With the title of the windiest place in Britain and blessed with an uninterrupted swell from the Atlantic, Tiree is windsurfing’s Mecca. If you are good enough, you can join the hordes that swamp this Hebridean isle every October for the Tiree Wave Classic. And when you are not on your board, soak up some sun. Another benefit of the wind is the lack of cloud cover. Therefore, Tiree is also Britain’s sunniest spot too.
  • FEED A HIGHLAND COW From the age of two’ til the day you die the response remains the same: ‘Look! It’s a Highland Cooooooo!’ Scotland’s home-grown 3D Bambi, the indie-boy poet of mammals – all sensitive fringe and Lady Di lids – is so great, so strange and so unique; its tongue is indigo blue. A sort of Plasticine-blue with the strength of a muscle in the thigh of an Olympic athlete. From the confines of a controlled, tourist’s farmyard – find them all over Scotland – you can feed, carefully, our very own tangerine dream, pellet-shaped grub scooped from your hand by a tongue the size of your foot. Don’t try this, mind, with a bag of bread in the wilds of a Highland hillock; this is a prehistoric mammal and not a six foot cuddly toy.
  • Visit the Necropolis before you have no option. Glasgow’s famous cemetery is beautiful with grand gravestones and weeping statues. Home to 50,000 bodies, it was established next to the Cathedral in 1832 and is based on Paris’s famous Pere-Lachaise, where Jim Morrison of The Doors is buried. The Necropolis has no dead rock stars, but boasts a resident family of roe deer, and the most Gothic ambience in Scotland.
  • Experience a really good traditional music session. Bit difficult to plan as sessions tend to be spontaneous, informal affairs. Some bars, however, are renowned as musicians’ havens, such as Sandy Bell’s and the Central Bar in Edinburgh, or Glasgow’s Ben Nevis and the Lismore. Sessions are where you’ll hear traditional music at its most alive and immediate, being made purely for the love and fun of it. Sandy Bell’s, Forest Road, Edinburgh, 0131 225 2751; The Central Bar, 7/9 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, 0131 467 3925; Ben Nevis, 1147 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 576 5204; Lismore, 206 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, 0141 576 0103 29. Visit Maeshowe during the winter solstice During the shortest day of the year (December 22), this neolithic corner of Orkney is magical. If you are lucky enough to be one of the few squeezed into Maeshowe, a chambered tomb dated at 2750BC, you can witness the final passing rays of the winter solstice sun streaming down the passage and illuminating the central chamber.
  • Go ‘doon the watter’ on the Waverley The nature of holidays have changed a lot since the days when Glaswegians would leave the city for two weeks in the seaside towns of the west coast, but with global travel now fraught with fear of terrorism, it might be time to swap Laos for Largs. Iconic paddle steamer the Waverley has been restored to her Forties glory and makes regular voyages to Rothesay, Campbelltown, Tighnabruaich. Waverley bookings, 0845 130 4647
  • Marvel at the Northern Lights. I want to see the Northern Lights. Last autumn, book-launching duties sent me south to the bright lights of London when I really wanted to go north to Orkney, where the night sky was ablaze with a gigantic light show. Now I’ll need to wait another 11 years. The aurora borealis – electric particles hurled from the Sun to Earth on solar winds, then drawn to the magnetic North – is a phenomenon that only happens in 11-year cycles. The next cycle begins around 2013; I’ll be heading for the heights of Hoy, although the phenomenon can be seen in many parts of northern Scotland.
  • See Killer Whales For all budding environmentalists inspired by Free Willy, there are plenty of chances to see Keiko’s kin in our own waters. Killer whale, or Orca, pods arrive with the warmer spring waters, usually in the Moray Firth or around the Hebrides. Whale watching trips leave from Tobermory on Mull, and Ardnamurchan in Argyll and, while they may not live up to their murderous moniker, swimming with them is not advised.
  • Bag all the Munros: There are 284 of them. They are all over 3000ft. They only exist in Scotland. And they are climbed, or bagged, by mountaineers with a near-religious fanaticism (Imagine the dedication of spotty, adolescent comic collectors, only with sturdier footwear). Bagging all the Munros is tantamount to reaching mountaineering Nirvana. If you are lazy and just want one, try Carn Aosda (3008ft) at the north end of Glen Shee in Aberdeenshire; thanks to its proximity to the road, scaling it is a mere 30-minute stroll. You are advised to leave the toughest Munro of all, the so-called Inaccessible Pinnacle (3200ft), which is on Skye, till last.
  • Dive at St Abbs Head If you want to know what Atlantis looks like, go to St Abbs Head, on the coast southeast of Edinburgh. A beautifully eerie world of archways, caves, tunnels and gullies lies submerged in the National Marine Reserve; its centrepiece, Cathedral Rock, is where all self-respecting divers come to worship. Before divers arrived, it was no more than an insignificant, seaweed-clad rock that surfaced at high-tide and which local fishermen nastily called The Sluts. But the first divers discovered it was merely the top of a huge submerged arch rising from the seabed, big enough to park a bus under.
  • BUY A KITE IN LARGS AND FLY IT ON MILLPORT I recommend people buy a kite in Largs and take it on the ferry to Millport, a place perfect for flying it and somewhere that seems untouched by time. Also on the west coast, people should experience Jura in December, but not without a warm coat. It’s an impressive place at that time of year, the kind of environment you should walk around while listening to Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. In Glasgow, people should sample a hot pie from Greggs on Byres road: the best pies in the world. As testament to their greatness, go down to Greggs at any time of the day and the place will be packed with queuing students. Also people should feed the fish money in the nearby Botanic Gardens.
  • Take a flying lesson from Fife Airport, Glenrothes. It’s an awesome experience, soaring up over Fife. Not too expensive either. And there is a pub there to enjoy a malt whisky to steady the nerves after your flight. Largs to Millport ferry, Caledonian MacBrayne, 01475 674134, ; Greggs, 259 Byres Road, 0141 334 8752; Tayside Aviation, 01382 644372
  • Visit The Barras. Everyone should visit the Barras weekend market at least once, in order to stock up on cheap mops, rediscover forgotten Eighties sportswear brands, and argue with a scarred man about the price of a Betamax tape of Teen Wolf. Gallowgate, Glasgow
  • Dive the wrecks in Scapa Flow. After their defeat in World War One the German High Seas Fleet performed naval hari-kari in Orkney’s Scapa Flow, scuttling themselves in the open lagoon. Today seven large warships and four destroyers remain, alongside numerous Royal Navy wrecks, many just a few metres from the surface. Dive into the eerie gloom and explore these preserved wrecks. It’s like being Indiana Jones with a breathing apparatus. Scapa Flow Diving Holidays, 01856 851 110,
  • Sugar-rushing at The Brookyln Cafe: Before you die, you should visit The Brooklyn Cafe on the south side of Glasgow (west-enders will need booster jags and sherpas, so plan ahead). Having found it, buy a double-nougat with vanilla ice-cream, raspberry sauce and sprinkles. Walk slowly to Queen’s Park, round the duck pond and back again, by which time you should be ready for another one. 21 Minard Road, Glasgow, 0141 632 3427
  • Climb the Whaligoe steps (without an oxygen cylinder) Rising steeply from a small natural harbour near Wick, there are 365 of these 200-year-old steps. The wives of herring fishermen once climbed them while carrying the day’s catch in baskets on top of their heads. Even in your Air Jordans and sans fish, you will still find it tough going.
  • Spend the night in a haunted room You don’t even need to know the stories to know that Carbisdale Castle, now a youth hostel, is haunted. Its grand exterior, eerie halls filled with marble statues and isolated location perched on a crag in remote Sutherland, oozes with supernatural suggestion. Ask for the male bedroom that was formerly the nursery if you want to stand the best change of encountering the fabled woman in white, affectionately called Betty. Tuck yourself in, lie back in the gloom and let your over-excited mind do the rest. 0870 1 55 32 55,
  • Practise paganism. Try a touch of Taghairm, an ancient Gaelic rite. Choose a good waterfall in the Highlands – the Falls of Rogie, north of Beauly, would be suitable. Wrap yourself in the hide of a newly slain bullock and plunge in behind the cascading foam. Legend has it that, through this method, you’ll be able to divine the rest of your life.
  • Eat at The Three Chimneys It is not just the food garnished with the Highlands and Islands’ finest produce. It is not even its reputation as one of the world’s finest restaurants. What makes chef and proprietor Shirley Spear’s The Three Chimneys an experience something the urban culinary mafia cannot offer, is that it is one of the country’s remotest places to dine, on beautiful, lip- smacking Skye. Colbost, Dunvegan, 01470 511258,
  • THE MUSEUM OF SCOTTISH LIGHTHOUSES A visit to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh is a definite must- do. The museum is truly breathtaking. Not only in terms of its important and lovingly preserved historical collections, but also in a more literal sense as you spiral your way up the steep staircase of Scotland’s oldest lighthouse to be rewarded with an awe-inspiring view of the North Sea and Buchan coastline. The lighthouse, built in 1787, remains a vital navigation beacon for Scotland’s coastline. Although today the light is operated automatically, the keeper’s residence has been preserved exactly as it was when the last keeper left in 1956, and is a stunning centrepiece for a facility which is a fascinating and hands-on journey through our maritime history. Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, 01346 511022
  • Climb Ben Nevis Because it’s there.
  • Go Loch Ness Monster hunting Who cares if Nessie is actually some badly developed photos, shadows, smoke, mirrors or floating debris made prehistoric flesh by local legend, a feverish media and a willing public? That shouldn’t stop you searching for the world’s most famous monster, which was first reportedly sighted in 1871. If you can’t spot the real thing, call in at The Original Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre, Drumnadrochit, near Inverness. 01456 450342;  or visit the live webcam monster-watchers’s site
  • Visit Glasgow School of Art and the Willow Tea Rooms With its groundbreaking art nouveau style it brought European design kicking and screaming into the 20th Century (it was completed in 1909). Matching the art school’s grace and elegance of design, but with better food, is the Mackintosh-designed Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street. The Willow Tea Rooms, 217 Sauchiehall Street, 0141 332 0521,  Glasgow School of Art
  • Throw a stone from the North Sea into the Atlantic Mavis Grind, a narrow neck on the Shetland mainland, is where the North Sea and the Atlantic meet, making this one of the few places on earth where you can straddle two mighty expanses of frothing water like a colossus.
  • Ski/snowboard the ‘Flypaper’ It doesn’t matter if you are a snowboarding dude or old-school skier, Glencoe’s Flypaper is challenging no matter what’s attached to your feet. This is the steepest run in Scotland, meaning that a death wish, loose screw or general sense of adventure is a must. But you better be quick. Thanks to global warming, snow on the Flypaper might become the new Nessie – an elusive Highland phenomenon.
  • Sail to St Kilda The remotest part of the British Isles juts out of the Atlantic 41 miles west of Benbecula in the Western Isles. The archipelago is an official World Heritage site thanks to its soaring beauty and huge colonies of sea birds. Charter boats leave from Oban and the Western Isles during the summer, but bring a good book – they take at least 14 hours and eight hours respectively. For those who really want to get away from it all, you can help restore St Kilda’s stone houses, abandoned in 1930, for two weeks during the summer. http://www.kilda.org.uk
  • A NIGHT OUT IN GLASGOW  Glasgow can offer a multi-textured evening out. I’d start in Rogano, the fabulous art deco restaurant while my outfit still looked respectable. From there I’d ideally take in a show at the world famous Panopticon, an old music hall, sadly in need of repair, hidden behind an Argyle Street amusement arcade. Later, we’d wind down with a night cap amongst the waifs and strays and serious players at the pool room of The Scotia Bar. (Rogano, 11 Exchange Place, 0141 248 4055, ; The Scotia Bar, 112-114 Stockwell Street, 552 8037)
  • Lather, rinse and repeat.

Black Friday

24 11 2006

“Wii sold out.”

It is quite insane that the signage outside the electronics store was not a typographical error but that I knew what they meant. Today is the most insane media-drive shopping day that signal the beginning of Christmas seasonal shopping. For the first time, I am guilty as I absolutely needed (stemless wine goblets) and wanted (Ultimate James Bond) but no more. As usual, I almost got run over in the parking lot by anxious shopbots and the threat of a 24-hour shopping tease at the neighboring Wal Mart is filling me with high anxiety in our time of conspicuous consumption and pecuniary emulation.

All we need is love. Love is all we need.

Giving Thanks

23 11 2006



You may know what you need, but to get what you want, better see that you keep what you have

First Thanksgiving meal ever insofar as I can recall. D & K graciously had me over at their home. A lovely time was had by all with only one unpredictable explosion of gravy. Investigations underway.


  • Herbed Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy
  • Stuffing (Traditional and Williams Sonoma Foccacia)
  • Fresh cranberry sauce and simplest ever applesauce
  • Fresh cranberry lemonade
  • Waldorf salad with cranberries and walnuts
  • Buttermilk mashed potatoes with chives
  • Honeyed cauliflower florets with toasted almond slivers in sherry vinegar
  • Pan-roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Creamed baby onions
  • Broccoli and blue cheese gratin
  • Succotash with edamame and habanero extract
  • Apple and apricot turnovers
  • Rosemary hot rolls with lemon white truffle oil
  • Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon; Gladiatori Frascati Superiore; Pomegranate blueberry soda

Cranberry Lemonade – Make simple syrup. Add 3/4C fresh lime juice. Refrigerate. Stir in 3C cranberry juice before serving.

Salad – Spread and bake walnuts 10 mins. Dice apples. Drizzle lemon. Add celery, green onions, cranberries and walnuts. Drizzle light walnut oil and vinegar. Refrigerate.

Stuffing – Saute 3C celery, 2C onions, 0.5C fennel, 0.5C shallots. Toss torn artisanal bread with 0.5C leaf parsley, 1 tbs fresh sage, 2tbs fresh thyme 1 tbs fresh oregano, salt and pepper. Add 0.5C white wine and 1.5C stock. Cover in greased 9×13 baking dish with foil.

Broccoli – Steam broccoli 15 minutes. Make blue cheese sauce and pour on broccoli. Spoon into gratin dish. Top with buttered bread crumbs and refrigerate.

Succotash – Saute shallots 3 minutes until brown. Add 2C edamame, 1lb freshly shucked corn, red bell pepper and a little water for 5 minutes. Add habanero essence.

Onions – Peel and halve onion pearls. Melt butter and fry 6 minutes until brown flecks. Add 0.125C water and simmer 10 minutes until tender. Add cream, parsley and flour. Cook over low heat 4 minutes until thick sauce.

Potatoes – Mash potatoes after boiled and peeled. Add 1C buttermilk and 6 tbs butter. Add chives. Let settle.

Bali Talk

20 11 2006

Some key phrases in Bahasa Indonesia are:

Druggist – Apotik [ah-pot-ik]

Excuse me – Permisi [per-mi-see]

Expensive – Mahal [mah-hahl]

Good morning – Selamat pagi [se-lah-maht par-ghee]

Good afternoon – Selamat siang [se-la-maht see-ahng]

Good evening – Selamat sore [se-la-mutt sore-ray]

Good night (at night) – Selamat malam [se-la-mutt mah-lahm]

Good night (before going to bed) – Selamat tidur [se-la-mutt ti-dur]

How much/many – Berapa [ber-ra-pa]

I want to go… – Saya mau pergi ke [sigh-yer mow (as in cow) purr-ghee ker]

I want ….. – Saya mau [sigh-yer mow]

I don’t want… – Saya tidak mau [sigh-yah ti-duck mow]

No – Tidak [ti-duck]

No, thank you – Tidak, terima kasih [ti-duck, ter-ri-mah car-see]

Please (when asking for help/bargaining) – Tolong [toh-long]

Thank You – Terima Kasih [ter-ree-mar car-see]

Two people – Dua orang [do-u or-rung]

Where is … – Di mana [dee mah-nah]

You’re welcome – Kembali [kem-bali]


1 – Satu [sah-too]

2 – Dua [doo-u (as in gun]

3- Tiga [ti-gah]

4- Empat [em-putt]

5- Lima [lee-mar]

6- Enam [er-num]

7- Tujuh [too-joo]

8- Delapan [del ah-pahn]

9- Sembilan [sem-bi-lahn] –

10 – Sepuluh [se poo-loo]

I am going to learn Indonesian in Seven Days, having given up on Viet Namese last month. For the Bahasa Indonesia (i.e. Indonesian language), adjectives always follow the noun, e.g. beautiful car – mobil (or motor) cantek . Word order is usually subject-verb-object (e.g. Saya(I) mau(want) makan(to eat) nasi (rice) – means I want to eat nice; and the personal pronoun goes after the noun (motor saya is “my car”). Respect is shown when addressing, so the custom is to address an older man as “bapak” or “pak” and an older woman as “ibu” or “bu” and for younger woman- :”Nona”

Food and Drink

fork- garpu

spoon- sendok

knife- pisau

cup – cangkir

plate- piring

glass -gelas

restaurant – restoran, rumah makan

food – makanan

drink- minuman

breakfast – makan pagi ; lunch – makan siang; dinner – makan malam

good day – selamat siang, good afternoon- selamat sore; good evening/night: selamt malam

boiled water – air putih, air matang

iced water – air es

tea – teh ; coffee – kopi

milk – susu ; rice – nasi

noddles – mie, bihun, bakmie,

fish – ikan,

prawn – udang

vegetables- sayur

fruit- buah

egg- telur

sugar- gula

salt- garam

black pepper – merica, lada

chilli pepper- cabe, lombok


shop – toko

How much is it? Berapa? /berapa harganya?

fixed price – harga pas

cheap – murah ; expensive – mahal

price – harga

to buy – membeli

money changer – penukar uang

change(of money) -uang kembali

money -uang

Directions and transport

toilet – kamar

office -kantor (so, e.g. post office – kantor pos)

tourist office – kantor pariwisata

pharmacy – “farma” as in Bali Farma in Denpasar or Farmasari in Sanur.

I want to go to ..saya mau ke

car – mobil, motor

motorcycle – sepeda motor

pedicab – becak ( so do not get confused if someone ask if you want a pedicab, and you think it is a taxi and you get a trishaw)

petrol station – pomp bensin

stop here – berhenti disine, stop disini

left – kiri, right- kanan ; near – dekat; far- jauh; from : dari ; to – ke

(saya mau ke Ubud, berapa jauh dari Kuta – I want to go to Ubud, how far is it from Kuta)

embassy – kedutaan besar