Sydney has changed its clock to Daylight Saving and we’re getting days of high 20s and even towards 40ºC on several days this week. It is fitting that it’s ending with a thunder storm and a sprinkle.
I went into the city to see The Beaux Stratagem by National Theatre Live. It was an amusing farce with a lot of clever choreography and surprisingly well sung songs accompanied by some excellent musicians, including a great fiddler. The Irish dramatist George Farquhar died in 1707, two weeks into its first performance, at 30 years of age. What a loss. I have not read Farquhar before so will see if I can track down the play.
Today is Sunday, the end of a hot weekend and I couldn’t face the stove so I bought some take away Lebanese Cuisine from Al-Amar on my way home. The eatery was introduced to me by my friends Ang and Ben, who took me there last Friday. The food was so good that I had to try more of their dishes. The restaurant is two minutes’ walk from my place and one ‘mix plate’ will last me days. It includes tabouli, hommous (that’s how they spell it!), garlic labne, three shish kebabs, falafel, salad and a pile of flat bread.
The tabouli is a salad of finely chopped parsley, mint, onion, tomato and crushed wheat mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The three kebabs are of chicken, lamb cubes with red capsicum and kafta (minced lamb with garlic). The Falafel was a deep fried crunchy ball of chickpeas, broad beans with coriander, crushed garlic and lemon.
Baba ghanoush is barbecued eggplant blended with tahini and fresh lemon and the hommous was soft chickpeas blended together with tahini sauce and lemon. The meal took me back to Turkey where the cuisine is not dissimilar.
Yesterday (Saturday) I went to North Sydney market to see the orchid man and bought some new plants from him.
And here’s more Lebanese Cuisine from Friday when I ate at Al Amar for the first time with Ang and Ben.