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Goan Voice Newsletter: Saturday 03 Feb. 2018

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This much I know: Rebecca Mascarenhas

2 Feb: Caterer (UK). Rebecca Mascarenhas has had a hand in opening some of London’s top restaurants, including Sonny’s Kitchen, Kitchen W8 and, more recently, Elystan Street. She reveals to Katie Pathiaki her advice for those wanting to follow in her footsteps. She says, “My first job in the industry was while I was at drama college. I started waitressing because I didn’t get a full grant and so I needed to earn money. I did want to be an actress, but I decided that I was probably rubbish … I am still, after 35 years, interested in food … The hardest thing I have had to overcome as a business owner is finding time to run my restaurants and see my family… I never had a dream, I never thought I would own a restaurant or be in business, but I suppose what I’m most proud of is being able to have a career and a family and I think I have been super-lucky to have both… 936 words.  click here
Daily Telegraph (UK). Soul food: Rebecca Mascarenhas on Kenyan mangoes …  click here
[Rebecca Mascarenhas was born in Mombasa, daughter of the late Sonny and late Carmen (nee Freitas); sister of Vernon, Louis, Marian, Charlene, Giselle, Everard and late Louella].

Video: Suella Fernandes makes her debut appearance at the Dispatch Box of Parliament

1 Feb: BBC. Live coverage of questions in the House of Commons to the Exiting the European Union. An example: at 28m. 25s. MP Bob Blackman said, “As my hon. Friend will know well, in Harrow, we have a thriving Indian diaspora, whose members are desperate to encourage trade between the UK and India. Will she ensure that, during the negotiations, they will not be held back from improving trade between India and the UK by artificial trade barriers between those countries?
Minister Suella Fernandes responded, “I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for his lifelong advocacy for the British Asian community, not least in the 1990s when he encouraged my mother to stand as a local councillor—you could say, Mr Speaker, that my hon. Friend is to blame for my being here today. Leaving the EU offers us the opportunity to forge a new role for ourselves in the world. The Prime Minister’s first bilateral visit outside Europe was to India, which is very telling. It was encouraging that the Indian Finance Minister visited the UK for the year of culture launch in February last year. I am optimistic about the opportunities that leaving the customs union and the EU presents for UK-India relations…  click here
For a transcript of the proceedings,  click here
Suella Fernandes is the daughter of Uma and Christie Fernandes, (ex- Nairobi - Dr Ribeiro School - Class of '63 and Assagao, Goa). An uncle, Rev Dr Ayres Fernandes, is the Executive Secretary of the Liturgy Commission at the Conference of Catholic Bishops of all India.

Cardinal in India calls for Catholic education to help counter violence

2 Feb: Crux. By Nirmala Carvalho. One of India’s leading bishops has called on education in the country to help bring about “a moral revolution with a renewed ethic of justice, responsibility and community.” Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, said, “Education should help people realize that national unity and integrity of the nation should be placed high above any divisive forces and sectarian interests.” The cardinal’s words came after a series of incidents when Hindu nationalists tried to force their way into Catholic educational institutions in order to perform Hindu rituals. Gracias – who also serves as a member of Pope Francis’s Council of Cardinals which advises the pontiff on the reform of the Curia – was giving the presidential address at the 9th International Conference of UNESCO and Cardinal Paul Poupard Chair for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue at St. Andrew’s College in Mumbai… 1154 words.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Cardinal Oswald Gracias,  click here

Video: India's boho beach hotspot

2 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. Goa seems a different world to the rest of India: jammed with white-washed churches and crumbling Portuguese villas, a barefoot-chic city sat right on the oceanfront. Goans speak about India as if it were a separate country, and Indians as if they were another people. Once a mecca for trance-lovers and ravers, often thought of as overrun with tourists, Goa has smartened up its act. And yet, while it begins to draw a new crowd, it's still full of runaways of every description: from romantic and bohemians to glittering socialites.  click here

Drinking on a Goa beach could get you in trouble

2 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. Now is probably a good time to stop dreaming about lazing on the beaches of Goa with a beer in hand. On Wednesday, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar declared that by March, drinking in public places in Goa will be a punishable offence, with a fine of up to Rs 5,000. He went on to say that while drinking in restaurants, bars and homes is alright, drinking outside of those—especially on the beach—is not… Parrikar went on to add that there will also be a ban imposed on plastic bags in Goa from the month of May…  click here

The music festival that has got everyone’s Goat

2 Feb: Herald. GOAT, a music festival scheduled to happen in Ashvem over the Republic-Day-long-weekend was denied permissions by the state authorities, leaving music lovers disappointed. It was cancelled following restrictions from the state authorities. Police Inspector of Pernem Police Station, Sandesh Chodankar, said that the organisers of GOAT had never sought for permission from the appropriate authority. The police officer further clarified that the owner of the venue had asked for the required permissions for the music festival but it was rejected by the Deputy Collector of Pernem… festival goers had purchased tickets for the festival, ranging from around Rs 3000 – 5000 per person, from, and with the festival failing to happen, have not yet received refunds…  click here

This new restaurant in Mumbai has the best of both, Portugal and Goa

2 Feb: Vogue. Goan cuisine is clearly the flavour of the season. After O Pedro and Lady Baga, it’s Juhu’s turn to welcome Porto & Poie, chef Gracian de Souza’s labour of love, which opens next week… De Souza is an old hand in the kitchen, having worked in restaurants in Mumbai, London and the US. … the winner is the Crispy Fish Cutlet made with mackerel and served with balchao. This is followed by warm Poie served with a generous bowl of spicy and sour Prawn Balchao… The large plates are a feast of seafood—Shark Ambotik, a sweet and sour thick gravy with poached shark, followed by a classic Goan Fish Curry flavoured with aamsol (dried mangosteen) and tirphal (Goan peppercorn). A fiery Pork Sarapatel also makes an appearance, a vinegary sauce with pan-fried pork belly… Porto & Poie opens on February 5 …  click here
For the Porto & Poie Facebook site,  click here

UK: Sauces break new ground: cooking sauces category report 2018

3 Feb: The Grocer (UK). Forget bog-standard bolognese. Cooking sauces are now pioneer territory as Brits demand new frontiers in health and authenticity … Morrisons' new lineup of Indian sauces includes Goan Vindaloo Sauce (rsp: £1.55/350g) … Meanwhile Sharwood's pan-Asian World Inspired range, launched at the end of 2016 with flavours such as Hunan Smokey Chilli and Spicy Goan Curry, continues to go from strength to strength after being poured into pouches last year…  click here

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