Today, on the Culinary Calendar, is ‘Setsubun’ in Japan; National Bean Throwing Festival. I’m not entirely sure that bean throwing will go down well with my colleagues, or – for that matter – what bean throwing entails. Is there a target, I wonder; or are the beans just tossed about willy-nilly? I’ll have to do some research and get back to you.

Yesterday’s calendar delivered a more happy event: Jan van Riebeeck, the first governor of the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, planted a vineyard back in 1655. On February 2, 1659 he made the first wine from grapes grown at the Cape. On Feb 2 1852 the first public lavatory opened in London.

Glad SA had priorities right and made wine 200 years before they worried about loos!

And, on the subject of lavatories, my stomach was frightfully cross with me last night; in the interests of research, I sampled the local street food from one of the informal vendors, whose little carts are dotted all over the city. The one I visited was owned by a lovely lady named Primrose. Primrose’s offerings yesterday were chicken feet in a tomato gravy or chicken curry, served with pap; our indigenous staple of stiff maize porridge. I opted for the curry.

This dish is not something for the faint-hearted; my head was almost blown off. The meat is boiled in a fiery concoction consisting mainly of chakalaka. I declined the pap, but perhaps this would have gone some way to diffusing the spiciness. At under R20, it was a very filling meal, but I’ve done it now and doubt I’ll do it again.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, I’m off to phone my friend, Liz Windsor, who’s having a perfectly torrid time over in London. She called in a complete state last night; says this Egypt business is making her have copious stiff gins. Says the Pope keeps emailing her saying “what’s the news, Doll?” and it’s irritating her …


39 Comments Add yours

  1. slpmartin says:

    My dear day has been like your meal rather frightful..and so now I’m finishing my wine…then heading off to bed…hoping for a better day tomorrow or at least one filled with less anger on my part…have a wonderful day and I shall try to do the same myself tomorrow. Cheers!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m very sorry you’ve had a bad day, Charlie, I hope that a good sleep soothes your troubles and that all is well tomorrow.

    1. theonlycin says:

      To say the least … 🙂

  2. bluebee says:

    Maybe gin is not quite the stiff that Lizzie needs?! 😀 I’m heading to SA tomorrow and your post has me looking forward to one of those ear-steaming Durban Indian curries whch I haven’t had in a long while…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bon voyage, bluebee, enjoy your stay “)

  3. so brave! fiery could have put you out of action?

    Poor Lissie, that boykie in the Vatican doesn’t really have enough spies there, or maybe he watched Lawrence of Arabia too many times? Now he maybe has a fantasy of trotting around in a bedsheet and dishcloth?

    1. theonlycin says:

      You just may be right about his fantasy 😉

  4. nrhatch says:

    Chicken! If you’d been really brave, you would have opted for chicken feet. 🙂

    We had a fab dinner tonight at Freedom Village ~ wine and cheese reception followed by a delicious vegetarian dinner and a decadent dessert. My appetites are sated.

    Have a Terrific Thursday!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sounds great, Nancy, so glad when I was informed it’s Thursday, not still Wednesday 😉

  5. Primrose’s cart/stall if very smart compared to the vendors here in Mauritius – some only qualify for a box on the back of their mo-peds with an umbrella.
    Well done on not being feint-hearted – I would probably pass out!
    🙂 Mandy

  6. Man…., you gotta love Jan van Riebeeck’s priorities huh 😉 But I’m guessing those old vines are paying off big time if they’re still around.
    Tsk, Tsk!!!! – nothing worse than the Pope bugging you, you go through way too much gin that way 😉 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Embracing Van Riebeek’s legacy and trying to ignore the Pope 😉

  7. leigh says:

    Cheepers 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very, only ZAR20 per plate 😉

  8. The Pope can be quite trying sometimes. I screen him using the answerphone.
    I confess to being very glad your head was not blown off.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will tell Liz about the answerphone thingy 🙂

  9. Tilly Bud says:

    I thought she was teetotal…just shows, you never know what old ladies get up to behind your back.

    Enjoyed your post.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I believe the correct comparison is that Liz drinks like a Welsh longshoreman …

  10. nursemyra says:

    I love the texture of chicken feet, they’re so gelatinous

    1. theonlycin says:

      Egad, you’ve eaten them, Myra? You sure are a strong gal!

  11. souldipper says:

    Majorly diverse in both text and comment! Good fun.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Blame my ‘flu for the digressions 😉

  12. colonialist says:

    You need a medal for bravery, I would say!

    Liz is finding that there are times when giving a smile and wave imposes quite a strain on the resources…

    1. theonlycin says:

      Liz just told me that she is moving gin-o-clock forward by an hour every day …

  13. Very freaking brave!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I paid the price …

  14. Tandy says:

    *lifts a glass to the man who made sure we get Merlot*

    1. theonlycin says:

      *refills both glasses and raises a toast*

  15. You were brave to try the spicy dish of chicken feet. My hubby and I went to a restaurant that serves spicy Thai food. We ordered a spicy dish with the privilege of picking 1 to 5 for spiciness. We both ordered 2. My hubby did fine with his, while I felt my whole body was on fire. I think they must have served me a 5. Sounds like you were served a 5 also. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’d say it definitely was a 5, Carol, maybe even a 5PLUS!

  16. gospelwriter says:

    I do love me a good curry, but I think I’ll stay away from anything based mainly on chakalala; thanks for the warning (and for the link – I swear my knowledge base grows by leaps and bounds whenever I visit your blog).

    1. theonlycin says:

      Chakalaka comes directly from the devil’s kitchen, I’ll be sure to stay away from it in future 😉

  17. Liane says:

    I take my hat off to you trying that meal; I’m a little less adventurous 😉 The pap might have been my preference instead; however, that leaves me with a ‘gagged’ stomach anyway 🙂 🙂 Someone, give me a raw carrot! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, pap does tend to have the effecting of plugging 😉

  18. buttercup600 says:

    Kudo’s for trying this my friend…don’t think I could…as always, I so enjoy reading you!! oxo

  19. Smiley next? Hope you’re feeling better. I just heard that your friend gave The King’s Speech the “royal seal of approval”, so perhaps she’s feeling less irritated …
    Sunshine xx

  20. Poor Cindy. Think I could easily pass on that meal from a cart.

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