Saturday, April 23, 2016


Hey, this video has only been viewed just over 700 times. All  you expatriate Wogs need to understand that brown onions are the key to Indian cooking. 

You curry will be blah if you do not add brown onions. Your biryani will be bully with brown onions. Let's face it, all ye fans of Raj curry, brown onions make the world go around.

Chef Harlap Singh shows you this trick. I want to try this and add these brown onions to an omelette.

I know. You Expatriate Wogs are whining, wondering why I have gone bonkers for cooking. Well, most Wogs I know from the British Colonial days are amateur chefs. I have the honor of being the one to check the curry pot just before serving, and I add the secret ingredients.

I will tell you a couple of my secrets.

1. Coffee- Add a bit of instant coffee to the pot. It does something subtle and romantic to the curry.

2. Add a bit of sugar..... Not enough to taste it, but a little sugar will clandestinely turn on the sweet taste buds, and you will fool the victims into thinking you are a curry expert.

3. Jamun- Again, just a little to get that tricky flavor of the plum.

4. Safron will deepen the yellow color without having to add too much turmeric. To little turmeric kills the curry, and too much turmeric makes the curry taste like mud. 

5. Make sure the curry powder is abundant. While many of your victims will gasp and claim they are being punished unjustly by your hot curry, they will clean the pot out in spite of themselves. The last thing you want to over hear is, "His curry is hot, but I have eaten hotter." Let no one say this about you.

For the post Colonial amateur curry eaters, have a dish of yogurt on hand to cut the heat.

There are my free tips for the chef in your house.

Not to vorry (with sincere head wag).

Thursday, April 30, 2015


I have never had much zeal for US Football since I watched Rugby being played long ago in Kenya. This game is fantastic, and it shows the lateral being used masterfully. The lateral is absolutely avoided in modern American Football. Why?

Friday, May 16, 2014


These people in Swaziland are amazing. I grew up in Africa, and one of the most terrifying cries to hear is someone yelling, "MAMBA"!

Where I live in Tanzania and Kenya, we have the black and the green mamba, and both were deadly of course. We did not see nearly as many as these people do in South Africa.

Please remember that fully two thirds of the people bitten by poisonous snakes were trying to kill them. In the US the rattle snake has a limited striking distance, but he has long fangs. In Australia there are many poisonous snakes, but they have short fangs which does reduce the seriousness of strikes where any clothing is worn. But, the Aussie snakes are very deadly.

If you want to be prepared for snake bite, research the common idea of suction after a snake bite. The venom flows through the lymph system, not the blood system. So, bleeding is suspect at best. A special stretch bandage is preferred which is available online.

Brand name, Setopress.



I bought a suction device that was highly recommended, but later I read research from Australia and from California that found it only drew out 2% of the venom. The sales pitch claims up to 80%. The research made me very skeptical, so we have the pressure bandage and the suction device. If you can get to a hospital in reasonable time, I would strongly suggest bypassing the suction method and apply the pressure bandage and go straight to ER.

Reviews on Amazon and elsewhere are not from people who were bitten and used the suction device. They are from people who bought it and were impressed by the cleverness and ease of use. So was I, but I had to admit that and decide to go with the research.

If you are bitten, call for help, and try not to panic or run or rub the limb.  That will only move the poison to be absorbed faster. In the US wear snake chaps when wandering in the woods or working there. In Africa the chaps would help, but the mambas and cobras often strike high.

Keep watching.

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Out of the colonial past.....

We're having a hear wave..... 

Tommy Emmanuel

She certainly can, can can

Friday, August 3, 2012


With India's population, a flash mob like this could get clear out of control. Can you imagine if the music lasted three hours..... the whole population of Gujarat could end up in the thing the way they kept crawling out of the woodwork.



But, the article fails to reveal with most urgent reason for the surveillance satellites. It seems the Tiffin Wallahs of Mumbai are suspected of smuggling fake currency printed in Pakistan. The tiffin wallahs are buying the fake cash at a great discount, raising the price, but still at a considerable discount, and selling it to make up the shortfall in funds for General VK Singh in the latest allocations from the Ministry of Defense to the Army.

So, why watch the Tiffin Wallahs? Well, there has never been a loss of cash in millions of deliveries of fake money stashes under the curry pot.

It seems that the Tiffin Wallahs have minimum delivery errors that are famous worldwide. They only make three mistakes in one million deliveries. This means that it will be virtually impossible to lose cash (into deep pockets) in the transactions and blame them on inflation and mismanagement.

The satellites are not meant to catch the Tiffin Wallahs. The Government wants to learn how they find politicians so well at midday without GPS devices. It is thought that Tiffin Wallahs may be used in Military operations in tanks to find the enemy. Of course, if there is a pot of curry involved, the enemy may simply surrender to get a good home made curry dinner.

Now, where else on the web can you read such priceless earth shaking news. Where can you curry favor in this way and get away with it?

Not to worry.

Here is the video story of the Tiffin Wallahs, more recently called Gabbawallahs.