Saturday night and here I am, all alone in the house, sitting in front of the old 'puter in my devilishly handsome skivvies. That's right, the 'rents are away for a week in Devon and so I can cavort around the place in me underkeks if I feel like it - and after the day I've had, believe me, I feel like it. Just me and the cat in an empty house. Ah, yes, Jimmy Stewart, it really is a wonderful life.
It's been three whole days since I last yammered on like an idiot on the blog - so what's new in food, eh?
By golly, their food is still good after all these years. I used to go there with my first wife when we had a chance to go on a date, and it brought back some serious memories. I had two of my favourite items, Sag Paneer (spinach with cheese in a mild sauce, sometimes known as palak paneer) and Aloo Gobi, an Indian and Pakistani cuisine dish made with potatoes (aloo), cauliflower (gob(h)i) and Indian spices. It is yellowish in color, due to the use of turmeric, and occasionally contains kalonji and curry leaves. Other common ingredients include garlic, ginger, onion, coriander stalks, tomato, peas, and cumin. A number of variations and similar dishes exist, but the name remains the same. With this I had some coconut rice and peshwari nan, an Indian flatbread filled with nuts and raisins. Delish!
This morning on the way to work I ate one of the new Marmite cereal bars. (Big thanks to Sam for my Marmite bar!) Billed as 'the world's first savoury cereal bar' these things rock, and at only 93 calories a bar, what's not to love?
Hang on, Jeff, you say. What the heck is Marmite? Marmite, my American friends, is... well, it's... okay. I need help here. Anybody?
Well, it depends on where you're from what it is. It was first produced in 1902 in England and it is a dark brown sticky spread made from yeast extract which is a by-product of the brewing industry. It's got a distinctly pungent flavour with a sorta-kinda soy sauce thing going on and it is one of those things that you have to actually experience to understand its taste, which is unique, and one of those flavours you either love or loathe. I used to hate it when I was a kid, because, well, it was such a strong flavour. However, I have grown to love it over the years. The bar itself is great, but the poster ads for it are kick-ass funny.
In New Zealand, however, the product has the same name but a slightly different flavour. There ya go.
Night all. Slainte!