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Goan Celebration Food

If you do nothing else but eat when you come to India, then you’ve done enough!
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Every time I visit, I find something new to try or a new idea to bring home. This time around I got to discover what goes on behind the scenes in preparation for a huge Goan feast which just happened to be the celebration day a couple of days before my cousin’s wedding.

In the morning all the neighbours and family members met to prepare the fresh fish, meat and veg.
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People gathered around in little groups, everyone seemingly knowing their job of cleaning, chopping or stirring.

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Huge pots and pans were lined up side by side and placed on open fires in the back yard.

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After a few hours an amazing array of gorgeous smelling food was displayed.

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Salad, pilau rice, slightly sticky chicken, moist beef (which by evening had an incredible ‘sunday lunch’ taste about it), pork, mackerel stuffed with masala ( a favorite),
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Rice cakes called Sannas, and everything else!!!
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The food was incredible and the way the community pulled together to make the day run like clockwork was just amazing…. Funnily enough I don’t seem to have any photos of the dancing that went on late into the night!

Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 8

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Galway was stunning! Between all the feasting that went on last night, I managed to find some inspiration for The Glen House.
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This arrangement was hung above our table at dinner. Set into a window with shutters (just like the windows at home), the fairy lights were intertwined with twigs, baubles and stars. Simple, but beautiful.
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Even in the pub I saw a cute decoration of baubles and pomegranates, (not onions!!!) hung off a light beside the fireplace.
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I loved the simple way this fireplace was decorated with reds and golds, it caught my eye at breakfast.
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Back at the Christmas market today, the stalls smelt and looked fabulous…. Burgers and German sausage stalls were nestled between festive stalls selling mulled wine.
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There were all sorts of cakes, pretzels and tarts as well as meringues and macaroons!
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I bought some pistachio and cinnamon meringues, really looking forward to them!
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There were sweetie stalls with children begging exhausted parents for this and that… For the parents there was an assortment of turkish delight.
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Strange flavours such as banana and apple were piled high.
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So, full of ideas and with a full belly I’m off back to The Glen House.
Melissa xx

Advent Calendar Day 7

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So excited…. Off to Galway Christmas market to eat, drink and be merry! I’m really looking forward to buying some festive bits for

The Glen House…
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Had a yummy hot chocolate to get me in the festive mood (and warm me up); it was thick and chocolatey with a good splash of amaretto and whipped creamed. It was followed by a pork wrap from this bad boy….
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I’ve been suprised by all the outdoor goodies here, they’ve given me ideas about what to do outside The Glen House…
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I’ll fill you in on all the foodie stalls tomorrow… For now I’m off to warm up some more in a Christmassy pub!
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Melissa xx