One of the things I enjoy about teaching is that it broadens your horizons. I am not just talking about the rewards of teaching others something new or even travelling to new places; it’s the whole experience. For example, a week or two ago I taught Serendipity Circles at a weekend retreat of Riviera Quilters in East Gippsland, Victoria. (You can view their projects in progress in the Serendipity Circles Student Gallery and below). Gourmet, home-made savoury pies were on the menu for Saturday lunch accompanied by a selection of relishes and salads.
Now, maybe I had a sheltered kiwi upbringing, but I have somehow made it through life without ever knowingly eating kasoundi, a spicy tomato relish with lots of cumin and mustard seeds. Yum! I bought the leftovers home with me and then set about to make some for myself. While I chose a recipe with way too much oil, and not enough cumin flavour to my taste, I am not deterred. (Besides blending up all that ginger, garlic and chilli was great for my head cold.) If you have a favourite kasoundi recipe, I’d love to have the details!