Yesterday I enjoyed an al fresco spring lunch at Dar Caravane. It spoke to me of the wonderful summer to come . Soon all those banana lounges will be full and splashing will come from that delicious blue swimming pool. The lunch was with friends and we shared platters of snacks with a Thai influence. We were in no rush and enjoyed the sunshine, the garden and the company for a couple of hours before heading back to the city in tremendous storms that had luckily held off during our sojourn.
Travelling across Morocco means varied and interesting meal stops. Often the cafes are cavernous and very basic but have very expensive coffee machines. That hiss of steam is always music to my ears. We recently had a brief lunch stop in Erfoud for a pizza, a delicious one. The cafe had beautiful windows with an olive tree filled outdoor area.
I was keen to see what was on offer when I saw the words 'Busimess Lunch' on a board in Essaouira. So we took a seat at the cafe. Food was yummy but comes with a twist. We were sitting there, munching away when a large cat launched itself at our seat and wedged itself in between us and we became a table for three. It was good and quiet company as it drifted off to sleep quite quickly and it certainly enhanced our lunching experience !
Milo was 'invented' in Australia in 1934 for Nestle. I saw this vintage advertising on big double warehouse doors in a town out of Mysore in India . This super food energy drink certainly has a presence all over the world !! I grew up with it, loved it on ice cream !!! I wonder if the kids in the photo have ever tried it ??
Indian people, like Moroccans, love sweets and sugary snacks. I watched this man cooking jalebi on the sidewalk in Bangelore. Coils of dough are deep fried till crisp then soaked in sugar syrup. My sister said they were super rich and ultra sweet. I said no thank you to the lovely man slaving away over a hot deep fryer in the midday sun, preferring to watch than sample.....just this once.
A warm sweet homey banana smell pervades several alleys of the Mysore market . These corridors are devoted to selling bananas in every shape, size and kind imaginable. I have never seen so many bananas in my life ! Do Indians eat a banana only diet ?? Do they all get sold ?? Makes me long to bake some banana muffins.
Sugar is a topic close to my heart, taste buds and stomach !! In India (and across Asia) there is a type of brown sugar called jaggery used in a lot of their confectionary. It is often made by local farmers and I visited a shed on a local farm today where the simple process takes place. Sugar cane is juiced and boiled till it becomes a soluble paste. It is sold in blocks and tastes like molasses.