I have begun cooking Dahl lately. The smell of those Indian spices frying off with garlic takes me back to those blue days of my early 20’s, living with my ex boyfriend in a decrepit old sub divided Queenslander, above Shaws Bay in Ballina. N- often cooked curries from scratch, and those fragrances perfumed many of our days back then. He did most of the cooking and it is not something that I began to learn or take any pleasure in for myself until my early 30’s in Sydney living with Al. It is only very recently that I have begun tackling curries from scratch myself. I particularly love pounding and grinding the spices in the mortar and pestle. N- and I parted company…