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04/04/2007 2:47 pm  

Do any recipes exist for Crowley's 'Glacier Curry'- and why was it called that?

Thanks in anticipation,

CHRIS


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04/04/2007 8:06 pm  

i think it was called a "Glacier Curry" due to the simple fact it was that hot u would have needed a whole glacier to cool urself down afterwards...
as for recipes? i have never came across any but as a curry lover myself would be very ineterested indeed!
see the below quote from Confessions.

"The weather made it impossible to do any serious climbing; but I learnt a great deal about the work of a camp at high altitudes, from the management of transport to cooking; in fact, my chief claim to fame is, perhaps, my "glacier curry". It was very amusing to see these strong men, inured to every danger and hardship, dash out of the tent after one mouthful and wallow in the snow, snapping at it like mad dogs. The admitted, however, that it was very good as curry and I should endeavour to introduce it into London restaurants if there were only a glacier. Perhaps, some day, after a heavy snowfall"


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05/04/2007 1:05 pm  

From The Yogic Quest by Richard Boyle, published in the Sunday Times:

There is, however, one further reference to things Ceylonese in Crowley's autobiography. While in New York Crowley was recommended by a friend 'a Singalese joint on 8th Avenue where they made real curry'. Crowley was a Westerner who had a passion for curry. For instance, of the variety he sampled in Singapore he writes: 'They sting like serpents, stimulate like strychnine; they are subtle and sensual like Chinese courtesans, sublime and sacred, like Cambodian carvings'. Crowley began to frequent this restaurant where he met yet another of his many mistresses - a girl he called The Dog because she appears in one of his poems as the "Dog headed Hermes or Anubis".

Some clues, here, perhaps?
I have tasted some Ceylonian curries (but cooked by Tamils rather than Sinhalese), and they were indeed very hot.

CHRIS


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02/10/2010 12:22 am  

Coilhouse Blog has a brief item on Crowley's recipe for the perfect rice, including scans of AC's typescript instructions from Bird Library, Syracuse University, for its preparation.

Riz Aleister Crowley, as he called it, is flavoured with herbs, spices, almonds and green pistachios.

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 Anonymous
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02/10/2010 10:31 pm  

Thanks!

I've learned very recently that Sinhalese curries differ from Tamil curries only in the addition of coconut oil and milk. Tamil curry-powder is very easy to come by in the Asian supermarkets, so to make an approximation to Crowley's "Glacier Curry", I'd say do the initial frying in coconut oil, use Tamil Sri Lankan curry-powder, add coconut milk (available in tins) plus additional chillies to taste (the curry-powder will already be pretty hot 😳 ). Serve with rice prepared as above!


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Alan_OBrien
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19/05/2020 12:56 pm  

Is anyone going to make one of these curries for the lockdown?


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Shiva
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19/05/2020 6:16 pm  

I've learned very recently that Sinhalese curries

WTF?


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19/05/2020 6:43 pm  
Posted by: @shiva

WTF?

"Worth The Frying"?

Curry and hot food generally was a lifelong interest of AC's. Seems to me there have been a couple recipes other than the Riz Aleister Crowley (to be taken with curry) one Paul links to above. As that recipe indicates, AC knew how to cook, and had some sense of subtlety (he wasn't just a "torture them with food that tastes like military-grade pepper spray " man) and knowledge of middle eastern/Asian foods.

We are not all of us so lucky as to live where taco trucks are everywhere.


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19/05/2020 6:58 pm  

@ignant666

 

I would love to cook some of his curries but unfortunately the smell of curry and cumin in particular makes my wife want to vomit.  She hates the smell so much she could never even try a taste.  if I have ti for lunch (takeout or frozen) I have to air out the house verrrrry well before she gets home. 

I on the other hand am slightly obsessive about spicy food, particularly Korean and I know how to cook it. 

I discovered the joy of Thai Chili peppers this year . 

 

Cooking for me is definitely an art rather than a science, and my intuition usually pays off well.  Kind of like matching colours/clothes? Even though I don't care about threads. 

Baking on the other hand seems more like a science with too much room for error. 

I had to look up Sinhalese:

The Sinhalese, also known as Hela are an ethnic group native to the island of Sri Lanka. They constitute about 75% of the Sri Lankan population and number greater than 16.2 million. The Sinhalese identity is based on language, historical heritage and religion


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19/05/2020 7:18 pm  
Posted by: @ignant666

We are not all of us so lucky as to live where taco trucks are everywhere.

We have Taco trucks all around, but so what? I have inhabited a touchy vehicle that employs a medical constitution that rejects all "hot" or "spicy" fire-saesonings, and many "milder" seasonings. So you cannot interst me in this mystery.

 


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19/05/2020 8:53 pm  

@shiva

Perhaps your vehicle is too naturally FIRE and so you want more WATER like fish or cabbage?

Perhaps my vehicle is too naturally WATER so I want more FIRE like chili peppers and things that foam?

 

If one had an EARTH vehicle would they perhaps want AIR things like pastries and coffee?

I wonder about Taoist cooking. 


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19/05/2020 9:12 pm  
Posted by: @christibrany

I wonder about Taoist cooking. 

It is said that they are very tasty if done just right, but this is now prohibited in most places.


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19/05/2020 9:17 pm  
Posted by: @ignant666
Posted by: @christibrany

I wonder about Taoist cooking. 

It is said that they are very tasty if done just right, but this is now prohibited in most places.

Insert bad Maoist Cultural Revolution joke here


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19/05/2020 9:24 pm  

Actual cannibalism (not restricted to Taoists) during the Cultural Revolution:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guangxi_Massacre#Massive_cannibalism

But really it was mostly only landlords eaten- "no harm, no foul"?

I used to know a notorious old commie tenant-side NYC landlord-tenant attorney who had an embroidered cushion on the couch in his office that said

They're not the lords of the land

They're THE SCUM OF THE EARTH

Some of the landlords, and other running-dog revanchist elements, may have been served curried, to keep us OT.


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19/05/2020 11:36 pm  
Posted by: @christibrany

Perhaps your vehicle is too naturally FIRE and so you want more WATER like fish or cabbage?

You are thiking along the right lines, and they only got tangled in the second half of the equation.

My vehicle is naturally AIR (the heathen Chinese, my teachers), call it METAL. These are both the same.

The nature of AIR is DRY (mental). So, yes, I need WATER. But my Chinese horoscope (very accurate, by the way) gives me a liberal dose of WATER. The pathological factor I need to avoid is FIRE. Dry materials catch fire easily.

I am fine with the dry desert, but cannot be left out in the sun.

In the 5-element control cycle, Fire controls both Air and Mental (both being "mental." The Mind is controlled by the Fire of the pure Shen (consciousness). In Oriental Medicine, "control" means "put the braks on."

Guess what controls FIRE? That's right, WATER. This stuff works in treating the human psyche, the physical vehicle, and it holds equally useful in the forge, the kitchen, or the garden.

Posted by: @christibrany

If one had an EARTH vehicle would they perhaps want AIR things like pastries and coffee?

Earth people are happy eating pastries because they are earthy (flour) and sweet (sugar), and both are EARTH foods.

Coffee is different. As a stimulant, it is both FIRE and WOOD. Fire is the mother of Earth. The Earth likes to be warmed by the Sun. (When a Fire burns down completely, there is nothing left but ash, which is as pure a sample of the Earth element as you can get in your home or back yard). The WOOD exerts control on the EARTH vehicle, so the Fire doesn't get out of control - like would happen if you simply took caffeine pills (which are more fiery and can more easily cause jitters).

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Some of the landlords, and other running-dog revanchist elements, may have been served curried, to keep us OT.

But you did not mention AC in relation to curry, which I just did, in order to save our licenses, our accounts, and what is left of our ...

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20/05/2020 1:26 pm  
Posted by: @ignant666
Posted by: @christibrany

I wonder about Taoist cooking. 

It is said that they are very tasty if done just right, but this is now prohibited in most places.

That's right. Cheese on Taoist.


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