Thursday, July 06, 2006

King’s Square

Finally, somewhere special.

On my birthday, we found a playground near Norman's workplace which
also has the best fish and chips shoppe we've found in London.  It is an exceptional place. The children are friendly and not prone to unpredictable violence.

Norman and I have been trying to figure out what makes this play park so special.  Because the kids are very nice and friendly.  Interesting combination of Turkish, biracial, British and Italian kids.  It is surrounded on all four sides by council housing.  And is next to a square filled with cheap, but delicious cafes with lots of outdoor seating.  

The play park is very well designed and surrounded by lovely gardens and an ancient grape arbor under which the children must pass to go from climbing frames to the water jets.  The water jets (in all different configurations) are activated by children stomping on pressure plates.  

So, Winston and I go there whenever we don't have a violin commitment - or in inclement weather.  We have lunch with Norman and play until he finishes with work.  Unfortunately, the adults aren't much for connecting with.  But, the children are lovely.

The other day we were playing with a group of kids.  Their mothers were so grateful, they sent over something they called, "Turkish dinner."  It was the most awesome, flavourful cous cous balls - easily eaten by hand.  I'm trying to figure out how to make it.  They were so filling and scrumptious. So - at least we know the adults can be friendly in their own way.

“Turkish Dinner?”
8 oz. cous cous
12 oz. broth
2 tsp. tomato paste
1 small onion minced
3 tsp. paprika

5? cloves garlic - minced
2 handfuls chopped parsley - minced
1 tsp. black pepper
hint of lemon juice

1. Bring broth and minced onions to a boil with tomato paste, paprika, pepper.
2. Add couscous and minced garlic.
3. Stir, stir and stir until all mixed. Remove from burner.
4. Let cool, add fresh chopped parsley and hint of lemon. Stir.
5. Once cool, form into tight balls (palm sized - which can be eaten by hand over a serviette.)

Quick. Impressive.  Tasty.  Easy to eat whilst standing about chatting.

1 comment:

Jax said...

I'm glad you've found a place :)

We need to coordinate diaries!