Publication: The Times Of India Bangalore; Date: Mar 27, 2010; Section: Bangalore Times; Page: 38
PIALI DASGUPTA, Cooke Town
How long can I look at the pretty girls from my balcony and count the types of birds on the tree near my house?” asks the good-humoured Noel D’Souza, who’s known for his delectable guava cheese in his locality. Noel realised the main foe of retired life is lack of occupation, which leads to all kinds of ailments. Not one to lead an inactive lifestyle, Noel started cultivating his hobby of making guava cheese. It’s been a good 15-20 years since he started making it. And he’s been selling it for the last 10 years out of his home. The 78-year-old says, “I make guava cheese every day for two hours. The recipe has been passed down from two generations and modified a bit to suit modern tastes. I make 1.5 kilos of guava cheese a day and sell it for Rs 300 per kilo (the minimum order is 200 gms).”
Eaten mostly as a dessert, it also goes well with cheese slices. “I don’t put in any additives, but just some sugar and a little ghee. I blend white and red guavas in a 1:4 proportion, which makes it unique,” says Michelle Gaf
Although it’s quite a lucrative occupation, Noel doesn’t care much about the money. “I can’t walk much anymore and I feel breathless. Standing and stirring the pulp is a form physical and mental exercise to me,” he explains. Noel has also penned the cookbook The Amateur Cook’s Companion 16 years ago, which sold abroad and in Bangalore.