Good Reading : December January 2010
DECEMBER 2009 / JANUARY 2010 ı goodreading 27 (ABOVE): Self Portrait with Ice Cream Cone on Nose (North Auckland) 1981. Private collection. (LEFT): Surf-Cultural Evolution (Amphibious Sedan), 1998. Collection of artist. (TOP): Houses With Outhouse, 2003. Private collection. (ABOVE): Me and Mum, 1975. Collection of artist. ‘This was done from a small family photograph of Mum and me at Waihi Beach. I sold it for $40 and 25 years later bought it back for $1 100.’ MOTEL COOKERY When first touring with the Mentals, it was sometimes necessary to cook food in the electric jugs that are to be found in all Australian motel rooms. We were on a minimal wage at that stage in our musical careers and jug cookery was a convenient way to avoid the expense of restaurants or fast-food outlets and still enjoy a nutritious hot meal in the privacy of your room. Because most electric jugs switch themselves off after the water is boiled, it is best to avoid foods that need a lengthy cooking time because this requires a too frequent switching back on of the jug to achieve a thorough boiling. Also, the jug lids are generally fixed on, and can only be half-opened at best, so large food items can’t be readily inserted into the jug. This rules out such things as chickens, legs of lamb and pumpkins. We had most success with easily boiled foods such as eggs, fish fillets and slices of salami. Here is a recipe for a mixed boil-up. Ingredients: One egg Small fillet of flathead 1 slice of salami 2 pieces of bread 1 litre of tap water (If you wish to upgrade this recipe, add a tea bag to the water. This will approximate the type of tea- infused poaching process that you might encounter in a fancy restaurant.) Method: Place the fish, egg, salami and water in the jug and keep switching it on until you judge the food to be cooked. Serving Suggestions: Place the cooked food on one saucer and the bread on the other. Eat with a teaspoon (the only crockery and utensils usually available in motel rooms are two cups and saucers and a couple of teaspoons). N.B. Tiny slivers of fish tend to get caught in the filaments of the jug element, so cups of tea made after the boil-up may be slightly fish flavoured. Reg Mombassa The Mind and Times of Reg Mombassa by Murray Waldren is published by HarperCollins, rrp $75.00.