Hastings on Food

2015-06-18 06:00

SALUTATIONS shoestring fries and herbed crumbs. We all need down-time to ponder on all and sundry, personally I prefer to do this at Broomers in South Broom where the food, ambiance and service are commendable. While enjoying their cuisine and a well-deserved pint, I realised that it’s almost time for Father’s Day again,

Father’s Day can be traced back more than 4000 years to ancient Babylon where a boy called Elmesu carved a message to his father on a clay card wishing him a long and happy life.

Yes, dear readers, time to gift wrap the dreaded diamond socks, objectionable neck ties, aromatic soap on a rope and try and convince dad that he did not pay for them in the first place.

I am sure you will all agree the relationship between a father and son is usually exceedingly pragmatic and unpretentious.

For only a father and a son know the magnificence of the accord they share. Us sons secretly aspire to be more like our fathers, and us fathers wish our sons to ascend to immense pinnacles in life and transcend our expectations.

My father was very disillusioned by all the discord in the world, he thought that music could vanquish all and bring about synchronisation, so as an accomplished pianist he was always trying to elevate the fact that in this life we are all brothers and sisters who should be more musically in harmony with the universe.

Of course, his attempts to accomplish this always involved him being at the piano dressed only in a towel and a straw basher together with a large gathering of souls at our house, some of whom were still present when the sun came up the following morning.

On one such occasion I fondly remember him seeing me getting ready for school and encouraging me to hurry up and not be late for class. When I got to school, there was not a soul in sight and a grounds man duly informed me that it was in fact a public holiday. I of course spat out the dummy and cycled home to confront dad who actually knew all along and found much amusement in my wasted efforts. In short, us dads have a sense of humour however are not without fault.

My dad was the one who held my hand and taught me to cross the road right, left and right again. He would industriously contemplate my trivial questions and endeavour to obtain a practical reply. He taught me no matter what to step up and do my daily chores.

He encouraged me to believe in and embrace my juvenile abilities, and he was always there by my side when my world was obscure and dismal.

Dads are truly a gift and their constant presence in our lives makes us feel secure and protected. We can’t even begin to imagine losing them, and usually take them for granted. I think of how many times did my dad solve my problems with me been less than appreciative of his concerns.

Now with my world gone dark at the youthful age of 12, am I really expected to comprehend that my dad is supposedly enclosed in that wooden chest at the front of the church. How can this be? Last week he was riding my chopper, a few days ago he was playing piano­.

He wished me well for my trip and was enthusiastic about hearing all upon my return from my school camp in the bush, now he is everlastingly vanished and speechless.

There are many ways of trying to explain the amazing and fulfilling relationship between a father and his children, and is very difficult to encapsulate the beauty and charm of the union. Bottom line is every instance is unique and the personal touch is always the best. Make the card rather than buy it.

The best Father’s Day gift my 21- year-old son has ever given me is a hand-painted cup. It has faded in time and I am still not entirely certain what the picture is supposed to be. It however, is in constant view and remains one of the treasures I would grab if my house were on fire.

So how does one impress dad on Father­’s Day? How I should know, you tell me. Nonetheless as long as it includes remarkable food and a negligible hangover you should be spot-on.

Anyone can be a father however, it takes someone exceedingly exceptional to be a devoted dad and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so specific to me. In the four decades that you have been gone I miss you immeasurably. For your silent unflinching support in countless predicaments has persisted to be a foundation throughout my existence. And to you my son your incredible charisma and extraordinary characteristics is a blessing in itself and worth more than any father’s day gift, my love for you both remains unconditional.


Fish chutney

Please note, fish chutney is usually made from dried salted fish whereby it is soaked and then fried and ground. My version is user-friendly.


•1 kg cleaned fresh Yellowtail (Sassi green)

•1 tablespoon cumin powder

•1 teaspoon turmeric

•1 tablespoon coriander powder

•Rio Largo olive oil

•Koisan sea salt

•rainbow pepper


•Mix the cumin, turmeric, coriander, salt, and pepper with the olive oil

•Rub into the fish

•Bake in a preheated oven till cooked through

•Set aside and allow to cool

•Using your fingers break the fish into small pieces and set aside

Chutney mix


•Rio Largo olive oil

•2 red onions peeled and chopped

•6 cloves garlic chopped

•1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

•1 tablespoon sliced pickled ginger

•little Tamarind paste (optional)

•15 curry leaves, bruised

•4 dry red chilies sliced or to taste

•2 green chilies sliced or to taste

•Koisan salt

•rainbow pepper

•500 grams toasted coconut


•In a pot with olive oil sauté the onions, garlic, and ginger

•Add the tamarind paste

•Add the curry leaves and chilies

•Sweat down

•Add salt and pepper to taste

•Cook till well cooked

•Allow to cool

•Blend the mixture set aside

•In a bowl combine the fish , toasted coconut and blended chutney mix

•Mix well through

•Arrange on a platter

•Serve with lemon wedges, mango chutney, pineapple salsa and chopped coriander on the side

Mango chutney


•2 mangoes peeled seeded and sliced (mangoes must not be over-ripe )

•olive oil

•1 red onion chopped

•1 red pepper deseeded and diced

•1 green pepper deseeded and diced

•1 yellow pepper deseeded and diced

•2 tablespoons pickled ginger chopped

•1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

•2 tablespoons minced chillies

•1 cup apple vinegar

•½ cup sugar

•Koisan sea salt

•rainbow pepper


•In a pot sauté the onion in olive oil

•Add the peppers and sweat down

•Add the ginger

•Add the chilies

•Add the vinegar

•Add the sugar

•Add the mangoes

•Reduce slightly

•Adjust seasoning to taste


Pineapple salsa


•2 pineapples peeled and diced

•1 red pepper seeded and finely diced

•1 red onion finely chopped

•1 table spoon minced chili

•2 tablespoons olive oil

•1 splash apple cider vinegar

•splash fresh lemon juice

•Koisan sea salt to taste

•rainbow pepper to taste

•finely chopped coriander


•Mix all ingredients together in a bowl

•Cover with cling film

•Refrigerate till chilled


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