Morning feast

Nothing like a traditional Bahraini breakfast at the start of a working day. And that’s what happened today. It always happens. I start work very early in the day and that means no (or a very hurried) breakfast. That also means I have to ‘exist’ on tidbits (and the occasional tea and coffee at “peepa”…

Banana boom

Bananas – lots of bananas – of different kinds – are omnipresent in Kerala. Every house has several banana trees, they are everywhere on the streets, at every roadside and on every dining table. The tiny “Kerala banana” is native only to the state while the larger, “regular” variety can also be found. However, it…

Summer visitor

We do not see many birds in these parts and in this weather but this feathered friend created quite a racket early one morning. On hearing the rather unusual noise, I discovered three of these on the branch just outside my window but in the time I got the camera, only one of them was…

Temple times

As children, we used to get this every Saturday at the local gurudwara (Sikh temple) when devotees brought savoury (and sometimes spicy) black chickpeas as an offering. Throughout the evening, the offerings were collected in a large cauldron and every visitor received a handful. The ‘concoction’ was so tasty, it made us go back again […]…

Red Riding Chick

Last week I discovered I had a five-litre ‘bag-in-a-box’ South African red wine stashed away in the ladder. It smelt all right, even for a wine novice like me – so I used it to ‘dress up’ chicken pieces in it. And nothing could be easier to cook than this. I took a kilo of […]…