Nicest food of the day!                                                                                                                                                                                                  OK.  Confession time.  Mrs Millers and I will be taking Marmite.  No toast out there though - marmite on chapattis?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Saturday - A choice of three nicest foods!  Papaya, which is a kind of fruit.  Dosai, which we had for breakfast.  It is a rice pancake which we had with a potato and tomato curry (yes, for breakfast!)  It was especially nice as we had them hot and fresh straight from the frying pan.  In the afternoon we had a runny rice pudding with ginger, cardamom, cashew nuts and sultanas in it.                                    Sunday  Custard apples - they look all lumpy but inside they are sweet and quite juicy.                                                                                                                                                      Monday - fresh pineapple                                 Tuesday - special 'feast' lunch.  One of the nicest meals I think I have ever had in India!  Everything was absolutely delicious.                                 . . . . .  and in the afternoon we had hot doughnuts!                                                                                                                                                                                                Wednesday - Puttu for breakfast.  Mrs Millers particularly enjoyed this breakfast.  so . . . . . .  putto is rather like cous-cous, but made with rice.  First, peel your banana and then completely squoosh it up in the fingers of your right hand.  So it all squashes through your fingers.  Think what a toddler would do, trying to eat a banana.  Then thoroughly mix in the puttu until you have a sticky mess.  Eat and enjoy!   Thursday - Appam.  Like a huge pancake, again made of rice flour.  It is best with a fried egg in the middle and then you can dip bits of the appam into your egg.  Yum!                                                  Friday - we went looking for 'British' food.  We found bread (but it is very sweet, more like cake.)  Butter, cheese - think Dairylea cheese triangles. but a bit harder, and tomato ketchup.                                                                                                Saturday - travelling down to Thangachimadam, we stopped for a break and one of my friends bought this.  I don't know it's name, but it is made from palm sugar.  So palm sap is collected and mixed with ginger.  It is then dried out until it forms this sugary, hard fudge, sort of sweet.  Apparently it is very good for my cold!                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sunday - an 'English' breakfast - bread and jam (with a blackcurrant Lem-sip!)                                . . . . . .  and peanut brittle!   (In the afternoon, not for breakfast!)                      Monday -  chapatis with green beans and a tomato and onion chutney.

Tuesday - a lovely refreshing carrot salad with coconut and coriander (no chilli!)

Wednesday -  ragi (a kind of grain, like oats, which can be made into porridge, a pudding or a drink.  It is very healthy.)  with a biscuit.

Thursday -  dosai, a rice pancake with a coconut 'chutney' and a curried lentil sauce 'sambal'.  Yes, curry for breakfast!

Friday -  iddipom, rice noodles with coconut milk and okra (ladies fingers).  Vegetable soup.  Followed by guava (a kind of fruit) and a banana.

Saturday - a really lovely breakfast.  Idli (steamed rice cake) with coconut 'chutney', a hard-boiled egg, banana and two cups of very milky coffee.  Perfect!                                                                                                

Sunday - I wasn't well enough to enjoy anything.

Monday -  I have bought this lovely peanut brittle to take home and share.


 Tuesday Peanuts. I thought that they were going to be like the peanuts we have in the UK.  However, instead of roasting them, (they don't have ovens here,) they boil them in water.  So instead of being crunchy, they are soft and wet.  A bit of a disappointment.  

Wednesday - So I am sitting patiently, uploading all of the films and Sr. Shanti brings me a dish of fresh, sweet Papaya.  Lovely!

Thursday - two treats! (Sorry, I had started eating before remembering to take a photo.)   A steamed rice cake, which looked quite uninteresting, but it had coconut and sugar in it and so was very tasty.  The round ball was crushed mung beans, mixed with jaggery, a sort of brown sugar and spices.  They were then rolled in flour and fried.                                                                                                 

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