it’s all about the right herbs and spices

mortarI always like to put meticulous planning and careful contemplation into my menu based on who my guests are. For example, I can prepare numerous variations of chicken or fish dishes, yet the choice of herbs and spices will be chosen intuitively at the inspiration of the moment depending on who my guests are. So while I may choose rosemary skewers for a shrimp dish for a specific group of dinner guests, the next time around, I may use lavender skewers with a different group. Hence, when planning my menu, I close my eyes for a moment and start thinking of herbs, spices and aromas and I then start pairing them up with each one of my dinner guests. I then take out my mortar and pestle and I begin to crush and grind, using a good dose of love, until that distinctive aromatic blend  fills the air. The most gratifying part is watching your guests relish every bite, laughing away and smiling. After all, it’s all about the right choice of herbs and spices..!

About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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