TELL ME WHEN, TELL ME WHERE, AND I'LL BE THERE*...
I am a Freelance Chef, who enjoys teaching just as much as cooking, if you need help in hosting a party, or entertaining a few children while teaching them cooking skills, then I am the person you are looking for. From BBQ's to event catering, private do's to bread making, if you need to hire a chef or just need a little help with a few items which ever the case, then you are in the right place!
I believe in wholesome, hearty, nourishing food; feeding the soul just as much as feeding the body. Its not the quantity of dishes, but rather quality of them, that catches the hearts of your guests. Provide them soul food and take them on a journey of emotions.
There is a very famous saying in the world of science, "energy is neither created nor destroyed, only transferred" I live by this rule. The energy that goes into growing food, the energy that goes into preparing the food, cooking the food, is all the energy that lives in the food and therefore the energy that gets absorbed from consuming the food.
Cold hard machines, give cold hard energy; mass produced chemical filled foods, give toxin filled disconnect energy. If it is grown with love, it has the energy of love living within it; if it is prepared by hand, the warmth and care of the cook breathes within it. If it is cooked with happiness, happiness is transferred through it.
Do not underestimate the powers of energy, it can not be measured in calories, but only experienced, felt and prospered from.
I trained especially in children’s meals as I believe the best way to teach people about eating right is by being out in the field and living the message! That is how our prophet Muhammad SAW did it, he practiced what he preached, he lived every message He taught not by words, but actions.
I believe in free and easy access to knowledge, hence my blog is a completely free space, no strings attached. Apart from my blog, I drop little pieces here and there, follow me if you like on twitter, facebook or instagram.
I have a dream to bring back the glory of home cooking; simple, loving and nourishing.
If you want to go on this journey of re-discovery with me, it will be my pleasure to be your guide.
Let's come back to living in harmony with nature; eating seasonal, local, natural and fresh.
MEHER A EQBAL
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Every day a day passes, but some days make us stop and think more, some days force us to stop and reflect.
New year's Eve is a day like every day, but one that makes us stop and reflect. New year's day, a day that makes us stop and think; dream, hope and wish. A mer moment separates the two, but turns a day of reflection to a day of hope and reinvigoration.
As the clocks struck 12 bringing upon us the new year and decade, new hope and excitement filled the air. There is definitely something about this new decade that just feels oh so right…
I feel a bit like I am in a Marry Poppin’s movie, thinking and talking in song, quite likely to break out in dance too...
#I can’t quite put my finger on it, don’t know what it is just yet, but I know there is something there, that hasn’t quite shown itself to us just yet!#
...reminds me of when Bert talks about the winds changing and something going to happen thats all happened before…
Let’s hope that this magic that can be sensed can fill our lives to come with all the right ingredients to make the future just as magical as we can imagine it to be.
As we charge forward towards the new horizon, I thought I should just shed a little light on the weeks just gone before they become but a distant memory. Amidst all the socialising and fun, as always, sat the meals of the day as the focal points of both the gatherings and the day. I normally don’t like to talk much about food that I sample, although I know it to be quite a popular practice, but due to several reasons I tend to refrain from such indulgences. But in the hustle bustle of what is the winter holidays, there was one thing that I was fortunate enough to have been acquainted with amongst many other exquisite dishes. It really caught my eye and shone out to me as something new and different and quite like nothing I had had before that I thought, for this, I must break my rule and give a shout out about it.
Believe it or not but the thing to make me stop in my tracks was a humble peanut butter! Yes you heard me, of all the things that I indulged in, the thing that made me break my rule and write was a humble peanut butter (no it is not the first time I have had peanut butter, if that is what you are thinking).
On New Years day I was out celebrating with my family and although the food was quite, well what one would call, epic on all counts, the complimentary peanut butter is what stole the show. I mean don’t get me wrong, every bite, of the entire evening, was just as scrumptious as I could have hoped for, but peanut butter, ahh!! I mean it’s peanut butter, how different can it be, how can that be the lasting memory from a meal of delectables. Well I will tell you how.
Never in my life have I tasted such a light peanut butter. It was beautiful ivory coloured, silky and light, like whipped butter, with little notes of sweetness in all the right ways. It was not sweet like it has any added sweetness, just a hint of the natural sugars already present in the peanut. It was definitely something on another level! I never thought I could enjoy it so much! Although I must say, it could not be eaten on its own ( yes I did try!) it had to be eaten with the complimentary bread that came with it, fresh hot out the oven these little pillows of delight were definitely the right partner for this condiment to tango with.
Definitely did not see that coming! If you are ever passing through the area, something definitely worth stopping by for!
So enough of my past weeks of indulgent holiday time, back to the present. With school life back in full swing, along with swinging trees in heavy winds, hope you have something nice to look forward to towards the still foggy future, hope that the new decade has got you secretly excited about something. Its an uncertain future for us still in the UK, but I hope if any one thing is certain, it’s hope! Hope for the future, hope for yourself and hope for being blissful yet!
This space features my reflections, opinions, ponderings and from time to time announcements of what I am up to. It literally is me in my corner on my soapbox.
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