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Mauritius: Sweet island in the Sun

Mauritius, the sugar cane island with thousands of Krishna devotees

The frog of post-modern Britain is boiling to death

I think I’ve told the story about the ‘frog that boiled to death’ on this site before. On the first day he hopped into a pan of hot water and, feeling immediately uncomfortable, quickly jumped out. On the second day he hopped into the same pan of water a few minutes earlier when it was cold. As the water slowly heated up to boiling point, his frog skin heat sensors failed to recognise any quantifiable increase in temperature. He boiled to death.

The Ultimate Eggless Brownie

brownies:

Here is the recipe.

Sanjana's Food Blog Rules! Be warned - this is decadent!!!! And remember, if you are a non-chocolate person, look away.

Yamuna Devi’s Batter-coated Mashed Potato Balls (Aloo Bonda)

We begin some more compilations of famous recipes by my cookery guru and acclaimed cookbook-writer the late Yamuna Devi.

Yamuna devi says “This finger food is popular as the focal point of a late afternoon Tiffin or as the savoury part of a late night supper. The ginger-flavored mashed potatoes are dipped in an herbed chickpea flour batter and deep-fried into golden globes. One note of caution: be sure to thoroughly coat the balls with batter; exposed areas of mashed potatoes tend to splatter and disintegrate in the hot oil”.

Filling a Niche for Quiche

asparagus quiche:

S from Auckland, New Zealand writes:

"Hello there. I lived in London 9 years ago and used to dine at Govinda's near Tottenham Court Road regularly. I still crave the amazing quiche they used to serve. I wondered if you would be able to let me know the recipe, or some of it so I can attempt to make it myself. Many thanks, S."

Dear S: Here's my eggless quiche recipe.

Enchiladas

Here's the original recipe from my first cookbook Great Vegetarian Dishes, now in its 22nd year in print.

enchiladas:

Baked Stuffed Cheesy Corn Breads (Enchiladas)

Enchiladas are a Mexican dish made of soft, flat tortillas that are dipped in sauce and rolled around a filling, then topped with more sauce, sprinkled with cheese, baked, and served with sour cream.

Craving Koftas

kofta:

Shannon from Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia wrote:

"I crave Kofta! The Hare Krishnas served delicious kofta at a rock concert recently in Qld. I can't get the taste out of my head. Help! Do you have a recipe to share, Kurma?"

Kurma replied:

"Yes, I can help. Here's my recipe.

Strawberry Cream Shortcake

This is a truly delicious recipe!

strawberry shortcake:

Strawberry Cream Shortcake

This cake is actually somewhere between a shortcake and a sponge. It’s enriched with ground walnuts or hazelnuts topped with strawberry jam, piled with rich vanilla-flavoured cream and studded with vine-ripened strawberries.

Royal Visit to Krishna School

A few days ago Queen Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the Krishna-Avanti school in Harrow, a district in north-west London. The royal visit was part of her Diamond Jubilee tour, celebrating 60 years on the throne.

The school is the first Hindu faith school in the country and teaches Bhagavad-gita, yoga, and Sanskrit. In addition, there is a Krishna-Balarama temple at the school’s heart. As the royals sat in the main hall, the children sang to them a Vaishnava bhajan written by the great 16th century saint, Narottama Das Thakur.

In Memorium: Sriman Nrsimhadeva Dasa

My Godbrother Hari-sauri dasa has written a very touching 'In Memoriam' for our dear friend Nrsimhadeva who passed away 2 weeks ago.

Nrsimhadeva on the 40th Anniversary Cruise:

(Nrsimhadeva, left, with Jnana Samudra dasa)

Read it here...In Memorium: Sriman Nrsimhadeva Dasa

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