If you do nothing else but eat when you come to India, then you’ve done enough!
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.
People gathered around in little groups, everyone seemingly knowing their job of cleaning, chopping or stirring.
Huge pots and pans were lined up side by side and placed on open fires in the back yard.
After a few hours an amazing array of gorgeous smelling food was displayed.
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),
Rice cakes called Sannas, and everything else!!!
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!
Galway was stunning! Between all the feasting that went on last night, I managed to find some inspiration for The Glen House.
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.
Even in the pub I saw a cute decoration of baubles and pomegranates, (not onions!!!) hung off a light beside the fireplace.
I loved the simple way this fireplace was decorated with reds and golds, it caught my eye at breakfast.
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.
There were all sorts of cakes, pretzels and tarts as well as meringues and macaroons!
I bought some pistachio and cinnamon meringues, really looking forward to them!
There were sweetie stalls with children begging exhausted parents for this and that… For the parents there was an assortment of turkish delight.
Strange flavours such as banana and apple were piled high.
So, full of ideas and with a full belly I’m off back to The Glen House.
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…
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….
I’ve been suprised by all the outdoor goodies here, they’ve given me ideas about what to do outside The Glen House…
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!