"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

A Malabar Lunch On Christmas Eve

For our last meal together before Christmas, Dalila had been exceedingly busy all morning.

I managed to keep my own plate down to almost reasonable proportions:
locally caught tuna curry; fish molee; prawn curry; cabbage gently fried with spice and coconut; and appams (rice-flour pancakes).
All served with fiercely spicy, mango pickle and Shaji’s home-made wine!.

But there was also chicken curry, pork vindaloo and, of course, rice.

Ours was a party of eight:
Shaji, Dalila, Anu, Robin, plus our three working painters – Justin & Paul, with today’s extra hand –
who are halfway through repainting the house, inside and out.

This special lunch was meant as a very heartfelt thank you,
to them all.



Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    What a lovely way to celebrate. Merry Christmas to you too!

    December 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    • It was a perfect start to the Christmas celebrations!

      December 25, 2011 at 10:19 pm

  2. The spread table and lunch looks so inviting. A nice way to express gratitude.

    December 26, 2011 at 5:40 am

    • Though, of course, it was dear Dalila, Shaji & Anu who did all the shopping, preparations and cooking!

      December 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

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