Coffee and Mum

If we were having coffee

Like the way we did

I would say less

For you shall speak more

The warm cup

With the strong aroma

Of freshly blend black coffee

You would say “get me a bit sugar”

I would say it’s just fine

You would have told its not like homemade coffee powder

I would have nodded off

I would have enjoyed a large mug of coffee

While you would have told don’t drink much,

Too much of anything is good for nothing

You would have told get some coffee powder the next time you see the coffee man

I would have noded off too

While sipping the coffee you would have been remembering dad and the lovely days we spent together

I would have enjoyed the fresh wind passing through the open door while the insense smell peeped inside and fought with my coffee aroma

I so miss having the coffee with you mum

If we were having coffee i would have talked and talked just about dad and made you laugh

My mum, brother, dad and myself loved coffee.

We used to have it plain black coffee with no milk but some sugar.

It Sometimes had a bit of ginger or spices.

The aroma was pleasant.

The taste was strong.

For an information

My mum is not feeling well

Revisiting memories; first time on print and first ever coffee and cook workshop attended

As a new expat in dubai I was so lot of activities to keep myself busy apart from the daily chores at home.  So when ever I am free I stumbled over many websites and magazines that were freely available online.  One such magazine was the aquarius a publication of the gulf news in dubai. I was asked to sign up for the membership in order to be eligible for a seat at the coffee and cook workshop. I was not very sure if I really was able to go due to event being on a weekday. Although am free at home I had many worries like if I’d be able to go so far to festival city alone in a country which I’ve been only for six months. Anyway I was so excited to attend the event and started researching on the metro routes, time and the bus routes. I am really amazed to think that I was so courageous to  travel so far by myself.
I have travelled by metro  to meet my husband whose office was in deira before they mived into al barsha. But I have never travelled in a bus all alone. This was my first experience.  Reaching al rashidiya metro and talong a bus to festival city was so exciting.  The bus had only a few passengers and the ride was bumpy that I almost rolled over to my seat while getting in. Getting off at the festival city and facing an isolated garden which had only vehicles that delivers goods to the shops I walked in hastily in search of jashanmal store. It was a very long walk. Having finally reached the store and meeting the editor of aquarius was an unforgettable experience. Meeting chef andy was even more fun as he was a friendly person. He welcomed any questions and answered with patience and passion. I can say that he was one of the few who inspired me into food blogging.  The recipes he demonstrated were really different and new for me and he even offered me his own copy of the lemon tart recipe. It was my first ever public appearance and the first time I was been interviewed so my hands were shivering while I struggled for words to mention my experience of participation in the coffee and cook workshop.
I received a free copy of the aquarius magazine and many more gifts apart from the new experience.
The event was held just a day before my birthday and the goft I won was like a pre birthday gift.
The two months later an article was published with pictures of the coffee and cook workshop.  It was my forst appearance on a print media. I cannot express the joy and happiness I felt on seeing it. As a person who always wished and wanted to get articles published on a magazine an appearance was even more joyful.

A peek into the pictures on the magazine-




Cook & Coffee Workshop by Aquarius

Aquarius a monthly magazine by one of the leading print newspaper publications gulf news organized a cook and coffee workshop recently at jashanmal festival city.
As a recipe writer and blogger I love reading magazines and newspapers participating on workshops and events. Very often I go through the gulf news website.
As a person who reads a lot not to mention only books and magazines but also newspapers, I am glad I got a chance to sign up for the cook and coffee workshop by Aquarius and was selected. The main reason why I looked forward for this workshop was to meet the chef, blog about the event and learn all about healthy cooking.
I not only learnt a healthy dish but I also had a great experience which was my first ever bus trip in Dubai and a long walk all the way at the metro and the festival city which helped me burn a few extra calories.
The event was mainly to demonstrate a healthy meal using Kenwood food processor but I would say for me it was a program that taught how to think out of the box and invent new dishes. Cooking is not difficult nor boring for people who try new things.
All the dishes that exist today was invented by people who dint care about things going wrong, they were creative and ended up inventing, this apply not only for culinary arts even other stuff.
The Demonstration was by chef Andy Campbell a very friendly and cheerful personality always answering questions without hesitating.
A lemon tart, chicken burgers, spicy bread with red pepper mayonnaise and basil oil was yummy. It was different and obviously healthy. I can’t wait till I go for my next grocery shopping to get some basil and try out the basil oil and devour with a slice of spicy bread. It was really yummy and delicious.
The Aquarius magazine distributed a bag with a magazine which I really loved. At the end of the program there was a raffle draw and guess what?
I won a prize it is a lovely tea set by dankotuwa. It’s made in Sri Lanka and I am a Sri Lankan too.
Yesterday was such a Nice day with a whole new experience.
Chef Andy could be reached at –
For more recipes and details visit the website.
Have a nice day!