One very good reason to clean out the fridge

Remember last week Thursday I said there was another very good reason I was cleaning out the fridge, well, it’s because my ever loving Pete has whisked me away on a romantic getaway.

♥ WE ARE IN MAURITIUS ♥

Yip that’s right.  After living here for nearly 3 years, Pete and I have returned for a vacation – a belated second honeymoon if you will as well as an extension to my birthday.  Woohoo.  Loving being here as a tourist and not as a local.

Sorry I won’t be around to comment on your posts, but I am very busy r e l a x i n g AND catching up with friends we made while living here.

I will see you on the flip side soon!

Au revoir.

A Semi Sabbatical of Sorts

A lot of you would have read somewhere along the line that our time in Mauritius has come to and end and of our heading back home to South Africa.

Sundays River

We are currently (while you are reading this) on the second leg of our journey and are due to land at Port Elizabeth airport shortly, where we will retrieve our luggage and head home to Sundays River eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Mauritius kitties to welcome them home and to introduce them to their new South African kitty Mom who I have missed beyond distraction the last 2 and a half years.

Further to our being away for an extended period of time, has left our home in need of some much needed TLC and repair.

I will therefore be taking the next week or two to get myself, our kitties and our home settled.  I will check in every now and again to stay in touch with you all and look forward to bringing you recipes with what will be “new” produce for me – fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and meat that I have not been able to purchase whilst on the island.  Not sure where I will begin – maybe Woolies fresh milk, yes, that will be the first thing in my trolly. 😀  I have promised myself an entire morning to browse the shelves I have so missed.

Looking forward to reconnecting with you all soon again.

🙂 Mandy

Coconut Creations

Coconut Creations

After recently commenting on a newly acquainted blogging friends (The Culinary Taste) blog about all the coconuts in our garden and the crafty bits and pieces my husband Pete makes with the coconut shells, she suggested I do a post about it, so thanks Rita, here it is.

The only experiences I have ever had with coconuts was on our honeymoon in Zanzibar a few years back when a guy literally walked up an exceptionally tall palm tree aided only by a belt to collect 2 coconuts – one for my Pete and one for me.  I had never tasted raw/fresh coconut before and was extremely excited to taste the flesh and sip on the water.  The water was incredibly rich – it baffled my brain that a crystal clear liquid can be so bold and robust.  Pete loves the flesh, me, I prefer the desiccated kind you bake with.

Apart from that, coconut cream is something I always have in the cupboard for a Thai influenced meal, like my Green Thai Curry Chicken.

Where we currently live in Mauritius, we are fortunate to have the most remarkable coconuts growing right at our poolside, now you don’t get much more tropical than that. 

My very clever husband loves pottering around creating things, usually with wood, but whilst we are away from home, he needed to get adventurous.  He thought it such a waste to throw away the outer shell, even though most of the time, it is broken into awkward pieces, hence the coconut projects were born.

Through some trial and error he figured out an easy way to remove the husk to get to the inner shell.  Interestingly it is amazing how much water the husk holds, and which stains terribly.  I still cannot get the marks out of his T-Shirts and shorts, but I digress.  Then with further trial and error and a few cracked shells, he has perfected his art of cutting off the top and scraping out the brilliant white flesh. 

To date he has made the coolest candles, bowls, and funky holders for pens or the likes and is working on perfecting his theory for adding a hinge to make a jewellery box of sorts.

A coconut palm is the most fascinating tree.  Its palms can only be stripped off in a specific order.  It is “designed” in such a way to have the strength to hold the weight of the growing coconuts and for additional strength, there is a mesh of sisal type stuff that is wrapped tightly around the palm arms, and all this starts with a coconut feeding off of it’s self and sprouting “leaves” and roots.  Clever coconut tree!

I will post  pictures of Pete’s next set of creations soon.

Mauritian Chicken Curry

This is another dish that Nanda sends home for me from the office and it is divine.  It is a super quick and easy meal to prepare so is ideal for any busy week day dinner.  If you prefer your sauce a little thicker, you can stir through a little cornstarch just before serving.  Enjoy this dish with rice or more traditionally with baguette.

Mauritian Chicken Curry

 

Ingredients

2 large potatoes peeled and cubed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 punnet white mushrooms halved
8 chicken thighs cut into pieces
1 large onion sliced
4 large tomatoes roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves crushed
½ inch piece of ginger root grated
2 red chillies seeds removed and finely chopped
1 cup water
Coriander for serving

Method

  1. Fry the potatoes in a little oil until tender and set aside.
  2. Fry the mushrooms until cooked and set aside.
  3. Fry the chicken pieces until just cooked and add the onion and fry for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, garlic, ginger and chillies and stir through.
  5. Add the potatoes and mushrooms and stir through.
  6. Add the water, bring to the boil and simmer for about 10 minutes to reduce and thicken slightly.

 

Submitted by:  Nanda Seebaluck, Mauritius