Cooking in Cape Town
Twitterville, Twitterland,tweetlets, tweethearts - that little bluebird has a lot of people hooked, including me, and I've only been tweeting for about four moths. One of the first people I followed on Twitter was Rosie Motene, who acted in Generations and Hotel Rwanda and recently produced the film Man On Ground, about the 2008 xenophopic attacks in Alexandria.Soon we were inboxing each other but it was still a surprise when she suggestedcoffee. Little ol' me having coffee with a celeb!!
Since I don't go out without anaid and a driver, my son and brother had to cancel their plans and take me tothe V & A Waterfront. Coffee turned into a three-hour breakfast with loads of laughter and talking. Rosie still had a charity event and the screening of Man on Ground to attend, so we promised tomeet up again.
On our way back to Atlantis, I pestered my brother and son about watching the movie so much that my brother suggestedwe take the MiCity bus from Tableview into town, and then the feeder bus to the Labia Theatre. A phone call to ensure that the buses were wheelchair friendly delivered the advice to ask the driver of the feeder bus to open the bigger side door and lend a hand lifting the wheelchair down.
We were all set to go on another first for me, a bus ride!! To my horror there were no clamps for the wheelchair, so my brother had to sit at an angle to prevent me from sliding around everytime the bus made the slightest turn. I was terrified and sliding all over the place! When we arrived (with frazzled nerves) at the feeder bus we discovered that "the bigger side door" was into oncoming traffic and the wheelchair platform stopped a whole metre short of the road!! Thank you so much to the two passengers who help me down. My brother quickly rushed me off the road and onto the sidewalk out of the traffic.
I immediately tweeted about my terrible experiences before phoning my son and asking him to fetch me at seven,I was not about to make that trip again back! MiCity were quick to respond, saying that fully wheelchair accessible feeder buses will be rolled out by the end of August 2012. Can't wait to see what they call fully wheelchair accessible.
So, I can now say that I have made use of all forms of transport, from trains to boats. The best is still myown car - or maybe the cute London Cab I used when I was in Jozi!!!
No Fuss Melanzane Parmigiano
Serves 5-6 as a main course
- 3-4 medium eggplants
- Seasoned Sea Salt
- Olive oil
- 400g Tomato & Basil pasta sauce
- 400g Creamy Cheese pasta sauce
- ½ cup (60 ml) grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
Slice the eggplant into 1cm thick rounds. Season and leaveto sweat in a colander (20 minutes). Rinse briefly, pat dry and brush bothsides with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 200deg C for 25-30 minutes until nicely browned.
Butter a shallow, ovenproof dish (2 litre / 8 cups). Pourhalf the Tomato & Basil sauce into the dish, top with half of the roast eggplantslices. Spoon remaining tomato sauce over, followed by the remaining eggplantslices. Top the dish with cheese sauce, spreading the sauce to cover theeggplant.
Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Bake at 200deg C for 35 minutes.
Serve with Italian bread, a crisp green salad dressed withCaesar dressing and a robust, red wine. Enjoy!