Hastings on Food

2015-10-08 06:00

SALUTATIONS salt-air sniffers. Finally I am back home after much carousing in the scorched bush and adjacent topography. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised by the level of tolerance to certain beverages as well as the genuineness displayed by all and sundry as well as the stark reality that most things are not taken as lightly as they first appear.

When staying at the Thaba Nkwe (mountain of the leopard) lodge in Thabazimbi, I was honoured to meet the farm manager’s Thai wife JJ.

Having visited Thailand many times it was good to be able to speak to someone about my travels there, especially the time I spent at the Queen Sirikit (Mae Sa) botanical garden in Chiang Mai.

The garden is massive and a whole day is needed to rush through. It was set up in 1992 with the main objective to serve as a research centre for Thai flora and botanical studies, as well as provide an aesthetic refuge for the public.

The other event that left a formidable mark on me was the annual Songkran festival which means astrological passage. It is celebrated throughout Thailand as the traditional New Year’s day from 13 to 15 April. Traditionally, lots of water pouring is done as a symbol of washing away all one’s sins and bad luck so with streets lined with hoses and everybody getting involved you spend the day literally soaked, with the one I attended in Bangkok finishing off with a three-hour unsurpassed fireworks display while sailing up river.

JJ then graciously offered to cook me some Thai pork salad and pawpaw chutney which I aptly named “seven 11” for the heat factor. Believe me it was a treat enjoyed by many, which almost caused major energy shifts.

Then last week in the Cradle of Human Kind near the Kloofzicht Lodge, one such formidable occasion occurred whereby I spent the afternoon with remarkable folk who outlined the effects the recent discoveries in the region had.

Like in most conversations these days our children enter into the fray and the common belief is that they are here to heal the world, although I wish they would learn to do the dishes, phone when they don’t need something and make their beds first.

The current banter is whether our children are indigo, crystal or rainbow, and no, it’s not a flashback of the numerous colourful substances that were easily available in the sixties and seventies.

These children all have their own unique traits and personalities and need to be fully understood and supported as they can experience deep emotional pain as they strive to utilise the gifts they have been blessed with.

Indigo warrior children are more often than not misdiagnosed as having ADHD, mainly because they have enormous amounts of energy and refuse to follow normal orders of direction.

They bore easily, and although they dislike discipline and authority, they want, and respect, boundaries that are consistent and fair.

We as parents need to learn to give them enough freedom to flourish and really listen to what they have to say, as they look to us as role models and often want to be treated as a best friend.

Most indigo children already know their life path and it is vital that we remain positive and supportive in their quests as ultimately they are important to the outcome.

Indigo children are spritely athletic with intelligent talent and being creative in what they choose to do.

They have easy bonds with animals and nature, are quite strong willed, but can at times lack self-esteem, and quite often see a better way of doing things by being telepathic and powerfully intuitive.

They are very intolerant to those who display ignorance or arrogance , will at times express their anger outwardly, and never do guilt trips as they want good sound reasons for persons responses.

Throughout their life they will look for deep and lasting friendships.

Crystal children

Most crystal children, who have spontaneous unconditional love and who have taken their psychic and telepathic abilities to even greater heights, were born in the nineties-plus.

They took two decades to descend in force as humanity had to be ready for change.

Unlike the indigos these children are not confused, know their purpose and completely embrace their role in saving our world while still living in harmony with adults at the same time.

I am proud to say that my son is one of these crystal children. He is very special and displays an easy going air of authority that portrays “I am the man and know what I want”.

He has beautiful piercing penetrating blue eyes that are certainly hypnotic and warn you to be honest as he assesses you for whether you have an open heart or not.

He has a happy, forgiving, loving and nurturing personality and is fearless in climbing and exploring with sound confidence and balance. He is very picky when it comes to food and hates cumbersome clothes, so much so that he has never worn a pair of jeans and prefers loose clothing that is practical and comfortable. He loves the outdoors and adores his dogs.

He has special healing hands abilities that his grandmother swears by and has astounding patience, especially towards children in need.

Personally, I am convinced he is an intelligent wise old soul, He is quite spiritual and seems to identify with family members who died long before him, and is extremely musical and gets the drift of a song after one hearing.

Like most crystal children he is very sensitive to environmental pollutants and refuses to tolerate most chemicals as well as the majority of intoxicants.

He was mistakenly diagnosed as a child with ADHD and one doctor even said he was autistic. This, as mentioned before, is a very common trait and thankfully I adopted the educate not medicate option.

So thank you my son for your unconditional love, strong values and boundless generosity.

I would like to see more parents being more committed to making their children’s emotional wholeness an essential priority. Discover and learn the new things in your child’s life as it will reflect on yours,

Remember today’s children are here to change things and help us restore the balances and live in greater harmony without unnecessary conflict, as well as to be honest and real and reside in peace and happiness with one another.


Thai pork salad


•1 kg minced pork

•2 tablespoons long-grain rice

•4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

•2 red onions, finely chopped

•300 grams mixed baby greens

•1 deseeded red pepper, thinly sliced

•50 grams diced deseeded and peeled cucumber

•1 tablespoon minced lemongrass

•Bird’s eyed chili

•juice of one lime

•3 tablespoons chicken stock

•2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (Nam Pla)

•1 teaspoon brown sugar

•1 teaspoon chili sauce

•coriander chopped

•chopped mint

•chopped basil

•freshly ground sea salt

•ground rainbow pepper

•1 cup chopped peanuts

•Cos lettuce leaves

•lime wedges


•Dry fry the rice till it turns golden brown allow to cool and grind it into a course powder, set aside

•Heat some oil in a wok add the garlic, red onions, lemon grass and chili

•Add the pork and separate the lumps with a wooden spoon, cook the pork through.

•Stir in the chicken stock, fish sauce, lime juice, and palm sugar, bring to the boil and remove from the stove

•In a bowl combine the rice powder, baby greens, red pepper, cucumbers, mint leaves coriander, basil.

•Add the pork mixture and mix through

•Add the peanuts and mix through

•Adjust seasoning

•Serve with lime wedges and whole Cos leaves to make parcels

•Garnish with additional mint and coriander leaves

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