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    Friday, October 15, 2010

    Team Raro’s Captain - The Planner, Stuffed Up, Kia Orana Lucy

    We were planning to go to the Tamarind Room for dinner, but they were booked out... it is Wedding City Here in Raro
    Weddings right through to Sunday and Ms Mary is outgoing that day and she wouldn't get her special night.
    So I suggested cocktails at Sunset.
    Manuia Beach Hotel seemed a good idea with its Infinity Pool. So off we trotted to get some supplies first from town in preparation for Lucy’s arrival on Friday.

    Arrived at the Manuia, as promised very pretty, but they only had ½ bottle of Sauv Blanc , would you believe.

    Must move on. So onto Waterline. Chris the host, pleased to see us… he has the good wine list. A nice glass of Oyster Bay and onto the sand to watch the sunset.

    Moving on.Oro’a Beach Resort. Rudy was on the Ukulele and Vibraharp.He is Hawaiian, from Maui
    Jim is the owner of the Resort, also from Maui.
    It is a very relaxed place. We have done 3 trips there now.
    Before long, it was rocking
    Another 1 glass for me and a couple for the passengers.

    Rudy’s wife got up and did some Hawaiian Hula. Very pretty.
    Below Rudy's Wife and Jim waiting to go on stage.

    Then, Stephanie from behind the bar was next. She sang some Rarotongan songs

    THEN Jim got up and sang "The Pub With No Beer".

    We all joined in and then there was “10 guitars”, “Sweet Caroline”. Loud singing from the troops, hands in the air. If we had had candles, they would have been waving. All go at the Oro’a.
    Finally it was 7.30, Rudy finished then, so did we. Into the car and arrived home, got out of the car and to our surprise, there was Lucy.
    Team Captain, Silly Gilli had the wrong date in the diary. Which was quite mad, as I had booked the ticket for her, requested the seats and printed it out for her and all!!!
    Dear Me. Anyway, while we were swanning about, Crawling through Pubs.
    Lucy arrived on the big plane.
    Waited ages for us to pick her up.
    She spoke to a lady at the terminal who knew where Kathy and Tony lived so she finally got a taxi, and ended up at the house. Empty no Team Raro. She looked int he window and recognized the house from my photos from last year
    Oh what to do next...But lucky for her, Tony arrived up when he saw the taxi and let her in.
    Lucky Lucy, ever resourceful, she poured herself a drink (there is no shortage of alcohol in Titikaveka and waited.
    The Merry Revellers arrived home, I wish there was a photo of the looks on our faces.
    As luck would have it I have made chili earlier in the day.

    So after a couple more wines  many apologies from Silly Gilli.,we assumed the position.

    We sat down to a good bowl of chili, topped with sour cream, coriander, spring onions, finely chopped.

    I like to cook the mince over a high heat first to get a good sear. Helps the flavour.
    If you have any fresh corn that’s a good addition as well but we didn’t have any.

    Black Bean Chili Con Carne
    Olive oil
    500 grams mince
    1 onion chopped
    1 carrot finely chopped
    1 green pepper
    2 cups black beans (soaked overnight and cooked for about 30 minutes)

    2 tsp ground cumin
    2 tsp ground coriander
    1 tsp dried oregano
    Good shake of chili flakes (to your taste)
    Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Tin of tomatoes
    1 cup Chicken Stock

    In a hot pan add a little oil then the mince
    Brown, season, remove set aside
    Add 2 tablespoons olive oil
    Add onions, soften,
    Add carrot, green pepper
    Season with S & P
    Add coriander, cumin, oregano and chili flakes
    Cook for about 5 minutes
    Add tomatoes, beans and stock

    Bring to boil and simmer gently for about 20 minutes

    Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

    Best to cook it earlier in the day and reheat before serving.
    Top with sour cream, spring onions, fresh coriander and grated cheese

    Now what to do with the leftovers
    Make a Pie

    Puff pastry
    2 tablespoons Sour cream
    Grated cheese
    Spring onions and coriander, finely chopped

    Roll out pastry and line greased tin
    Prick the base and grate a layer of cheese
    Mix leftover chili with sour cream and herbs
    Into tin

    Another layer of grated cheese
    Top with Pastry
    And bake 190C till golden brown and crisp

    And to give our livers a treat...
    Ms Mary made a lovely Beetroot and Carrot Salad to accompany the pie.
    Welcome Lucy.
    Another delicious day in Paradise.

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