Let me start by telling you about how I came up with the name for my blog. Its a funny little story. Ours was an arranged marriage and we didn’t get a chance to get to know each other at all during our engagement period. As luck would have it, Mazhar had to relocate to Abu Dhabi, UAE from Karachi, Pakistan just three months before our wedding. With a new job and new place he couldn’t get a lot of time off for the wedding. In short, Mazhar spent 8 days in Karachi, but only 6 days with me. So everything went by in a bit of haze, rushing here and there, from one event to another, from one party to another!
The day after he left, Mazhar called me on my cell phone and said in a deep, husky voice “Hello Mrs. Mazhar”. Since it was all so new for me and I didn’t even have his number saved on my cell phone, I hastily replied “wrong number” and hung up. It may sound bizarre but this moment in time became our “cute-meet” as they call it in the movies. That moment when a boy meets a girl and they experience their first interaction that sets the pace for their romance in the rest of the movie. Well, for us it has become such that we call each other Mr. Mazhar and Mrs. Mazhar as terms of endearment.
As the story moves on… My mother and my mother-in-law are both amazing cooks. And Mr. Mazhar likes to eat good food which has driven me to delve deeper into the world of food, taste, aroma, textures and presentation. And my guides have been Masterchef Australia and amazing chefs such as Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, Marco Pierre White, Peter Gilmore, Donna Hay, Maggie Beer to name just a few. I keep fiddling around with their recipes and techniques to make them more palatable to Mr. Mazhar’s eastern acquainted palate. But some recipes and cuisines should be true to their origins and so those I honour and respect and make them as instructed by the experts!
Through this blog I will share with you how well (or not!) my attempts at whipping up dinner come along. So let’s get started shall we?