Cowart's Common Room
Indigestible Lark

A tired old lark this afternoon; tired as a result of not sleeping well last night due to severe indigestion itself a result of eating too much of the wrong type of food, noodles mainly, at a serve-yourself restaurant offering exotic and remote dishes and called the Spice Root (or maybe the Spice Route) whence many of the dishes seemed to hail.

For £12.99 you could eat yourself silly on every brand of samoza, curry, pakora, roll, bahjee, poppadom, naan, stir fry, rice, noodle, curry of every colour and description, some dishes raw, some cooked and hot, vegetables of every kind and flavour, ice cream in various improbable concoctions, sweets and savouries. You could spend a fortnight in the place sampling the dishes and I doubt whether you would have time taste everything.

I tried a plate of starters, bits of this and that and somehow helped myself to a serving of raw onion too, which made me sneeze and my eyes water. I tried to help myself to some shelled prawns but was told to put them back as they had to be cooked.

So I went back afterwards for my prawns and handed them to a helpful cook with limited English and no teeth who lit a small volcano and poured oil into a wok and then proceeded to fill the wok with whatever came to hand, onions (the same onions that I had eaten raw) mushrooms, chicken, black sauce, white sauce, red chilli sauce - of which as I had made some inoffensive remark like 'very good' I got a double dose - and then a huge bundle of noodles, so that my handful of non-fattening prawns became this mass of noodle enriched tangle in which my prawns had completely disappeared. This was tossed in the wok and thrown up and caught and all the while the volcano of gas roared loudly below like an inverted Saturn Rocket. The man was enjoying himself when finally he tossed everything on to a plate.

My fellow diners all remarked that it smelt very good. Alas my nose remained anaethsetised from the raw onion I had eaten earlier, but my tongue tasted pure vindaloo. But dutifully I ploughed my war though two thirds of it and as many prawns as I could quarry from the noodle nest.

And what was I doing there? The only thing we had in common my fellow diners and I was that we were all alumni of one of the oldest universities of the world or spouses of those alumni. That should have made for sparkling and erudite conversation, but on this occasion it didn't. No doubt the raw onion didn't help! Most of them had been 10 pin bowling, for some reason, but having abstained from 10 pin bowling for the last 50 years I saw no reason suddenly to break the habit of a lifetime so I went, somewhat overdressed, just for the meal.

But it took until four in the morning for the noodles to digest and of course they left me with a raging hunger and I had to descend to the kitchen where I scavenged two hot cross buns and a glass of milk. Finally I got to proper sleep around six but then had to be up again at 7.30.

We are having cauliflower cheese tonight, the bandest dish on the menu!

Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 19th Feb 2019 - 04:42PM   Posted by Fennie   Indigestible Lark Comments: 7

Withy Brook's Avatar What a meal! Sadly I would not be able to partake of much of it, as my tongue will not stand curries. When in Singapore we used to be invited to lunch over in Johore by a rubber planter. There we learnt to eat really hot curry. Perhaps the prodigious amount of whisky acted as an anaesthetic! Now I have a thing called Geographic Tongue which has rendered my tongue very sensitive. Such a pity.
Still, I am spared all those noodles!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 19th Feb 2019 at 05:16PM

Fennie's Avatar Does having a sensitive tongue give you a heightened appreciation of food, Withy?

I should have written 'blandest' dish on the menu. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Feb 2019 at 05:53PM

Camilla's Avatar Gosh Fennie, what a feast I am not surprised you couldn't sleep last night.Very Happy I love savoury although not too spicy but its no good on my tummy I'm afraid and although I love onions cooked they are sure to affect my tum later.

I should have logged on last night on Coo Fennie and we could have chatted in the chat room, I also was up half the night and got to sleep eventually around 3am. My problem though was my sinuses and then I had a panic attack . So I got up around 2am and went downstairs and made a cuppa, thought I would put the fan on low to get some air (sinuses blocked), when all of a sudden I heard HL coming downstairs... Er, what is that whizzing noise? I have the fan on I said I can't sleep. Well turn the thing off now it's costing me a fortune.!! and with that he went back up to bed.Rolling Eyes

Love cauliflower cheese, I am cooking breaded Plaice fish tonight and serving with French fries and garden peas.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Feb 2019 at 06:03PM

Camilla's Avatar Hope you have a better sleep tonight Fennie, will try and pop in on Coo later tonight depending on my sleep habit.Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Feb 2019 at 06:03PM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Beware the buffet restaurant it's always way too tempting to put too much on ones plate... even without the chef adding mountains of noodles. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 20th Feb 2019 at 09:54AM

Fennie's Avatar Sage advice, FN. Very Happy

Slept better last night. Dead to the world. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 20th Feb 2019 at 10:10AM

Camilla's Avatar Oh that's good Fennie, me tooVery Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 20th Feb 2019 at 05:43PM

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