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My name is Philen Naidu,
and I’ve quit my job and sold everything, in search of FREEDOM …
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IN THIS BLOG, YOU WILL FIND:

  • MY VAGABOND ADVENTURES - Cruising Off The Beaten Track To Experience the Beauty in Lifestyles and Cultures, Different from My Own.
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    A Photographic Journey of Food From Cultures I Visit – From Restaurants to Street Food to Marketplaces
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India Travel Journal: Stumbling Into India’s Shady ‘Underground’

You read it correctly.
My India Travel Journal  just took an unexpected turn.IMG_3036

I took a stroll off the beaten track yesterday, as I like to do, to check out what’s happening amongst the locals – where and what they’re eating – but I didn’t know I was stepping right into the middle of an ‘Underground Deal’.
Thankfully, I had my camera with me, having got permission from the shopkeeper, to grab some photos of his food.
It was on the table next to me when I felt a shift in the energy, so I surreptitiously captured some shots. (you can pause and move the images forward, manually, if it changes too quickly for you): Continue reading

Fish Curry with Green Mango Recipe

IMG_20140510_105644It is very seldom that I prepare a meal and feel that I have ABSOLUTELY NAILED IT … but this time, I have :)
This Fish Curry with Green Mango Recipe is a Philen-Fusion of:

* Durban’s World Famous Fish
curry

* My Mother’s Lesser-Known, but IMG_20140516_145337
   Improved Variation on that
* My Aunty Shanti’s Green Mango
   Twist to it all

Enjoy … seriously.
And if you’re cooking for guests, make sure you cook enough, because they’ll be dishing seconds! Continue reading

4 Guests, One Wok and a Gas Cooker … What a Day!

My beautiful pictureI started at 10am, with a walk to the local market where my shopping love (addiction) kicked in! Then back to my ashram dorm, where I set up a makeshift kitchen around my single gas cooker. And then I settled in for 7hrs of CREATIVE BLISS, as I prepared a farewell dining experience for my dear, dear friend from Ireland, together with 3 of our beautiful ashram friends that represented Ireland, South Africa, Germany, India, Croatia and Hungary!
I loved every bit of the day and was reminded throughout, of how much of a passion I have for food and the experience of sharing it, as a way of uniting cultures.
Here’s a trip, in pics


So … here’s what was on the menu. Continue reading

Malabar Chicken Curry Recipe

IMG_20140503_200002I’ve been hunting for something uniquely Keralan and I finally found the Malabar Chicken Curry Recipe. And I’ve gotta say that this is a keeper!
IMG_20140331_164354Kerala is the land of coconut trees. As you can see in the pic below, entire villages are hidden, under the canopy of coconut trees that extend as far as the horizon. Coconut trees are used for food, water, shelter, ‘firewood’ for cooking, benches and sitting stools and a host of other things. There is nothing from a coconut tree that is ever thrown away as ‘useless’.
And in this Malabar Chicken Curry, you will taste the coconut flavor in the gravy, and as it infuses into your chicken. Together with the spice combination, it is all kinds of deelishus!
So .. here we go … Continue reading

Veg Fried Rice – Spice Up Your Rice Life!

IMG_20140406_145552Whether it’s for a curry or a roast, rice is a popular starch. And it does not need to be boring. For an extra 5 minutes of work, it’s really simple to take your rice and turn it into something exciting. So let’s look at a simple Veg Fried Rice Recipe
Here’s how we do it … Continue reading