Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Seven Natural Wonders

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will have picked up how much I love Cape Town. I really believe it is the most beautiful city in the world, and Table Mountain is our biggest and most famous land mark.

I have climbed it from every side and never grow tired of the views, both from above and below. Now we have a chance to vote Table Mountain as one of the 7 New Natural wonders of the world. I hope that all the photos which I have shared with you over the past 2 years have not been in vain and that you'll vote for this majestic mountain.

In case you're not sure how beautiful it really is,

or just how high it is...

Click here to vote for Table Mountain.

Now to something which is just as popular in Cape Town - Dahl. I've made it before, but certainly not enough. The evenings are cooling down and Autumn has a arrived, which is a relief after the few weeks of heat we had earlier this month, so this dish works very well now.

This is my version of brown lentils. I have no idea what it should taste like, but this certainly works for me.

Rose's Brown Lentils

250g Brown Lentils
2 Onions Sliced
½ Teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds
1 Green chilli chopped
15ml Fresh Thyme
1 Sachet Tomato Paste
250g cut Button Mushrooms
10ml Sugar
10ml Mother-in-Law Curry powder (or whatever is your favourite curry powder)
10ml garam masala
500ml Water

Fry the fenugreek seeds until they start to change colour.
Add the onions and fry until soften.
Add the curry powder and fry for 1 minute.
Add the lentils, the chopped chilli and the water.
Simmer for 35 -40 mintues until the lentils are soft.
Add more water if neccessary.
Add the tomato paste, the mushroom, the sugar and the garam masala.
Cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Stir in the fresh thyme leaves just before serving.
Serve hot.


Nina Timm said...

I agree wholeheartedly! Every morning on my school run, I look at the mountain and every morning I get a different view....spectacular!!!
I have never made dahl.....I bought some, but feel somehow intimidated...

Cynthia said...

Yeah Rose, I see that that is really high :)

Anonymous said...

That is a beautiful spot. I noticed that you are a hiker and I'm not sure if you have a food dehydrator or not... but the reason I mentioned it is because that lentil recipe you posted would dehydrate beautiful as a meal for a backpacking trip.

Jeanne said...

Oh I love Table Mountain. It's one of the things that I miss most abotu the Cape - the stunning mountains! Hope I'm not too late to vote.

And I love dal! So wholesome and so delicious.

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