feasting on the tastes and aromas of Indian food

The passion to create delicious and healthy Indian food… each meal a time to come together in mutual pleasure and gratitude for the abundance life offers. It’s true, is it not? We spend more time communicating with our dearest friends, family and colleagues through social media, email and all the rest of it than actually face to face! Whatever happened to the dinner parties we (and our guests) used to get so much pleasure from?

Some of the very best times of my life have been spent sitting around the dinner table, talking, laughing… sharing delicious food and a glass or two of fine wine with friends and family. Sometimes we’d just meet for brunch – any excuse for a lie in before enjoying a casual late breakfast meal in the mid morning sun. As the sun set, we’d often find ourselves in bbq mode, cooking traditional and ethnic treats for friends and visitors to Australia. As special occasions came and went we marked them by digging out our best linen, dressing up the table, polishing the glassware and inviting everyone over for dinner. Whatever we did, no matter how casual or formal, there was something particularly warm and rewarding about sitting down to feast upon what we had all created. Which is why when you visit Prana we offer you chai, seasonal fruit or small morsels of our cuisine to tempt, ease and refresh the palate.

cookery classes: passion shared

Cooking is my passion of course. It is integral to Indian life – our way of celebrating any occasion and honouring the people we meet. If you too love Indian food, I can help you to create the sublime tastes, textures and aromas of authentic Indian food. As I was taught, SO I TEACH YOU how to create, prepare and present a meal that is all your own; not mine. That is the way that food passion spreads and enriches us all. It is the best gift I can give you; the ability to understand the complexity of flavours that comprise well-cooked Indian food. In short, you’ll learn to create your own version of a meal your guests will adore! To begin, just gather a few friends or colleagues together and call me…

Want to try one of my Indian food recipes?

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If your path demands you to walk through Hell, walk as if you own the place!

Last of the weekend's thai fish curry, washed down with beaten coffee... also known as Indian cappuccino 🙂
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Next time negativity from the past comes knocking, be too busy living life to answer the door.

High protein, low carb dinner for the one who wants a six pack by Christmas 😉
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Don't tell people your plans... show them your results!

My seafood green curry turned out much more better than I expected, and was all mopped up with garlic infused bread 🤗
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In a healthy relationship, someone will encourage you to grow and succeed.

You can bet something fishy is going on tonight... 😉
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Fake people have an image to maintain, real people just don't care!

My version of Lite n' Easy? Just made some bok choy to go with my sister-in-law's rice n' fish curry 😉

Oh and a small glass of red.
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Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

Dinner is served... hep yourself to leftovers 😉
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Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.

Roast pumpkin and sweet potato with onions, paprika and a dash of olive oil.
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Someone once asked me, "why do you always insist on taking the hard road?" I replied, "why do you assume I see two roads?" 😉

After a sinful (calorie wise) weekend, dal with steamed rice and vegetables is a nutritious dinner option... easy to digest and guaranteed to satisfy the grumbliest of stomachs!
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After last night, today was officially cancelled.

Just kidding... how could we miss lunch @sandalford on a table of twenty five to celebrate some lovey dovey news within the family? 🤗 Just sumptuous!

ON ARRIVAL
Warm Turkish Bread, Za’atar, Dukkah, Balsamic, ‘Cooladerra’ Evoo
ENTRÉE
Harissa Marinated Manzanilla Olives
Crispy Busselton Whitebait, Thai Salad, Chilli Roasted Peanuts, Spicy Nam Jim Dressing (n)
Australian Bush Spiced Cashews, Almonds, Sandalwood Nuts, Macadamias & Walnuts, Lime
MAIN
Cone Bay Barramundi, Sous Vide Fennel, Sautéed Tuscan Cabbage,
Pine Nuts, Grilled Lemon, Romesco Sauce
or
Medium Rare Ferguson Valley Lamb Rump, Beetroot & Sheep’s Milk Labneh,
Portobello Mushroom, Sandalwood Nut & Baby Kale Salad, Sandalford Merlot & Mint Saba
or
House Made Smoked Potato Gnocchi, Porcini Mushrooms, ‘Meredith Dairy’ Feta,
Black Garlic Cream (v) (vegan alternative)
DESSERT
Baked Turkish Rice Pudding, Saffron, Pistachios, Vanilla, Black Sesame Ice Cream (g) (n)
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Mexican Spiced Chocolate Crème Brulée, Orange, Hazelnut & Chocolate Biscotti
Espresso Coffee & Loose Leaf Tea
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The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - EXCELLENCE. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Steak dinner for one then I'm out to party... as a sinner 😉
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Waste your money and you're only out of money... waste your time and you've lost a part of your life.

This slow-cooked Goan mutton curry turned a special occasion dinner to a premium affair at my sister-in-law's. She was considerate enough to make fish for me before we all indulged in a sweet binge 😉
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Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.

Indo Chinese chicken sizzler... spice marinated breast pieces combined with slightly crunchy vegetables, topped with loadsa spring onions that make it colorful and full of flavour.

The best of both worlds! 😉
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When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Love that quote by Audrey Lorde... as much as I love my saucy, spicy noodles 😉
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All the lights of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the self. Merge yourself in this light and enjoy the festival of lights.

Diwali dinner underway...
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Just because you're struggling, doesn't mean you're failing.

Fried salmon. Chopped kale. Spinach leaves. Masala rice. Eggplant pickle. Some Fridays are better than others 😉
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Effort is one of the things that gives meaning to life. Effort means you care about something, that something is important to you and you are willing to work for it.

Chicken, bathed in a delicious mix of spices, chilli and coconut milk. Delish... so I heard 🙂
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Don't wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself.

A quick bite before heading off to the cineplex to watch @theskyispinkofficial, a beautiful tale of love and life.
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For some women, a man is their whole meal. For me, life is a full meal and my man is just the hot sauce. If he wants to be my whole meal, I say, "that's nice baby, but right now... I'm already full!" 😉 ...

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Happiness is an inside job. Don't assign anyone else that much power over your life.

Vegetarian and frugal it may be, but the chickpea is one of the most versatile ingredients you could keep in your cupboards...
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The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.

Rice with carrot... also known as carrot rice 😉
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