Monday, 17 February 2014

Karma Korma

This evening I braved the cold and wet to attend a Goan Fish Curry Masterclass at our local Thali Cafe.

Frank Water, a Bristol based ethical water enterprise, has come up with a delicious way to raise funds - Karma Korma - just invite your friends round for a curry and ask them to donate the price of a takeaway.

To kickstart the campaign they organised a masterclass in the Southville Thali Cafe, where Ramesh and Asha took us through their Goan Fish Curry recipe complete with tastings, not only of their aromatic curry but also lassi, papads and tomato chutney, gulab jamuns and strawberry, white chocolate, black pepper and cardamom kulfi.  Well worth battling the elements for.

All that remains for me to do is to fix a date and invite half a dozen friends round for an Indian feast.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

When will we learn?

Allow me to set the scene ...

My elder daughter, approaching her finals at Glasgow university, can't spare the time to come home at Easter.  So I decide to visit her instead.

I check the fares and discover that it will cost me £122 by train and £65.98 by air.  A no brainer?

Except I opt for the train.


Well, partly because I love train journeys, especially long ones.  But also because the return journey by train will generate 72 kg of carbon, roughly equivalent to a third of the 231.2 kg produced by the flight, and I firmly believe in the principle of making the change I want to see.  How else can I live?

Our country has just witnessed the worst flooding in decades, widely suspected to be linked to man made climate change.  Politicians of every persuasion declare their commitment to reducing carbon consumption.  And yet those who choose low carbon travel options continue to be financially penalised.

It just doesn't make any sense.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

This Weekend ...

... I made marmalade, marveling as I do every year, that every bit of the orange is used - rind, pith, flesh and pips.  I now have 9 jars of bottle sunshine to see us through the next six months.  If I manage another batch next weekend then I should have enough for a year, with a few spare to pass on to friends and family.