Ann my neighbour gifted me a potted bulb of Amaryllis belladonna. It was a farewell 2015 intimate food based Casa Ali gathering in my front room. Ann, Vojko my ex-flatmate, Franz my couch surfing guest et moi. Amidst hugs and laughter and anecdotes and reminisces, Ann brought out this decorative pot boxed with no nonsense instructions. A beautiful thoughtful gift marking the end of an year and welcoming the new. Continue reading Amaryllis… a token of neighbourly love!
Casa Ali food gatherings are growing in scope. With the passing of each day, harvesting sunflower seeds is becoming more of a fantasy for me and a concrete reality for the wild ringneck parrots! Crocosmia in my garden has already gone rust. Marjoram and thyme are bee magnets at the moment, courgettes are still plentiful, tomatoes are ripening each day and beans and chard would be on the menu along with wholesome potatoes.
Coming up… August. Two of my homes, India Pakistan celebrate their 66th birthday. My recipes for the month can not help reference some of the food that I grew up with. And its Eid as well! What’s nearly gone is…
… July and what a packed month it has been. Four Casa Ali gatherings, created and handed over content for food4thought, some of my harvest has begun, couch surfer guests from Turkey and Australia and a new kid added to the line of royals in a summer which has been the hottest in many years (wonder how it would impact on the future of united kingdom). Continue reading Casa Ali >> Happy birthday India Pakistan!
This month of june has been very exciting indeed. Concocting july menu for my supperclub Casa Ali, developing content for Food4Thought and my birthday according to the Arabic lunar calendar.
Fifty years ago in Bombay, on the eve of 12 January, 15 Shaban Shab-e-Barat (the birthday of 12th Imam Mehdi whom I am named after) as well as the brightest moon of the year celebrated by the hindus – I was born! Lunar calendar days begin at dusk… so my second birthday of this year was technically the evening the super moon graced our skies!
Casa Ali dinners and lunches in april turned out amazing. Dinners were totally booked out and sunday lunches saw rather intimate gatherings which resulted in cooking sessions with guests and on an other occasion, planning the performative culinary collaboration with Gabriela Parra.
As promised, a Romainian treat graced one of the dinners made by my flatmate and his girl-friend visiting from Milan. Reconnected with some old friends after many years and via Casa Ali I was introduced to some new faces. Continue reading Casa Ali ~ Supperclub dates – May