House No 337, Britona
How to Spot It: Look for post-it yellow walls, sticky notes left behind by students on Prussian blue windows and a verandah for gossip.
Inside: A food & travel writer's father runs a sourdough bread baking class.
Eight students gather under a 100+ year-old roof edged with a latticed border, which gives it the appearance of wearing a petticoat slip. Sunday is longer than Monday at the Sumitrans’, where man of the manor Sujit teaches bi-monthly sourdough baking classes. He and his wife Sudha, also an “ace cook” who teaches Kerala cuisine, built a wood-fired oven when they moved to Goa and rented this home.
Although the baking classes are fresh (two months old) everyone in Goa seems to be gushing about how swell Sujit’s bread is. “I have local students from Goa, but also people from Bombay (ex Ellipsis pastry chef Heena Punwani went to the last one), Jalandar and Singapore who are planning trips just for the class,” says Sujit, a former leadership coach and self-trained chef, whose daughter Neha Sumitran is a food and lifestyle writer in Mumbai.
Eight students gather under a 100+ year-old roof edged with a latticed border, which gives it the appearance of wearing a petticoat slip.
“That to me is scary. Too much pressure, but I’m going with the flow,” he says, pausing to order his organic stone ground grains from gorus.in. He gives us dates to his next class and leaves us with what he always tells his students: “sourdough is real bread. Everything else is something you do quickly.”
The next bread making class is on July 31 and August 7, and Sudha’s Kerala cuisine class is on August 6. To sign up, visit www.glutenforgluttons.com.
Rosie & Peter’s Food Forest, Assagao
How To Spot It: Follow the scent of tropical berries and ask where a beast called Kang Kong lives.
Inside: Rosie and Peter run a kitchen garden, perma-culture park, re-generating field project and a food farm that you can walk through to learn about sustainable farming and on a good day, partake in the harvest.
Rosie & Peter’s home in Assagao is surrounded by gardens, farms and food forests. It’s a private estate and walk-throughs are conducted (by appointment only) to highlight why environmentally-positive, nutritious, diverse and climate-adapted local food is important.
Rosie, an Australian national who moved to Goa three years ago, draws our attention to the weird and wonderful local produce she grows and promotes: winged beans, rosella greens, talinum, moringa leaf and Kang Kong – “as in King Kong with an a.” Other beastly tales will be saved for when you visit the food forest.
Visit Rosie & Peter's Facebook page here, where you can also message for an appointment, they typically reply in a day.
Tropical Woods Villa, Britona
How To Spot It: Look for stern panchayat members or school kids leaving the Salvador Do Mundo church nearby.
Inside: An artist from Delhi conducts Portuguese style mosaic tile classes.
Two and a half years ago, Shalu Sharma was the new kid on the block(s). A textile designer from Delhi and ex-art teacher at Mirambika, Pondicherry, she conducted block printing classes at her Tropical Woods home in Goa, but has now graduated to mosaic tiling.
Shalu has created mosaic designs for Goa parks – “you know Kampala Park opposite Wendell Rodricks' studio?”- the Indian navy, a house in Parra and a homestay in Dona Paula. When in Goa, tile away your time here.
To sign up for basic two-day workshops, call 09503861454.
Rosie draws our attention to the weird and wonderful local produce she grows and promotes: winged beans, rosella greens, talinum, moringa leaf and Kang Kong – “as in King Kong with an a.” Other beastly tales will be saved for when you visit the food forest.
How to Spot It: Follow the Om vibrations to this “extremely basic” Goan house in the middle of the jungle.
Inside: An ex Bollywood script writer holds yoga classes and lets monkeys join for free.
Rifq Sarao jokes that her home has a flexible roof now, given that the same one stretches over Yoga Dog, her yoga shala or school-plus-home. A former Bollywood scriptwriter, Rifq spent a year travelling across the country, studying in yoga schools like the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala. Having trained under multiple teachers and different schools of thought, her classes offer a mix of the fluid Ashtanga and static Hatha styles, customised to give students an optimal workout, develop meditation skills and inspire creativity. There had to be a writer’s agenda in there somewhere.
“I live in the middle of a jungle, which means monkeys and other creatures often join our practice. I also have a large garden and porch where students sometimes gather before or after class to discuss love and other worldly problems.”
Visit yogadog.in for information on classes (they even do singles for travellers).
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