25/12/16

• Forthcoming Publication

Link: http://www.mendosa.com/satiety.htm

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10 Lessons We Could All Learn From 1960s Cocktail Parties

3 ways to improve your mood with food

The backbone of this introductory guide to entertaining at home is the work, life style and tolerance of the respected poet Rumi. Many of Rumi's poems will be quoted (in translation) and emphasis will placed firmly on the tolerant, all encompassing hospitality and respect of Sufi philosophy

• Things to avoid when eating in restaurants An extract from Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential

Points of interest:

The philosopher, Sufi theologan, and mystic Rumi (born 1207AD-died 17 December 1273) was mainstream during the Persian Literary Renaissance of the 13th century

Yet in 2015 he was still the most read poet in the US. source: BBC Radio 4 documentary

2013 was the 750th anniversary of Rumi's death but

there are numerous pages devoted to Rumi on Facebook

Rumi was Nelson Mandela's favourite poet, and he read and re-read Rumi's work whilst imprisoned on Robben Island. How many ancient scholars can claim a contemporary fan base into the millions?

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• Acclaimed Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk has published his ninth novel,

A Strangeness In My Mind

At a rare public appearance in London he spoke to critic and broadcaster Mark Lawson about his life and writing

19th August 2014
Poetess Simin Behbahani, the “Lioness of Iran”, died on August 19th, aged 87

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24/12/16

• Come Share A Meal With Me

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/health/nutrition_physical_activity/projects/ep_funded_projects_en.htm#fragment0

The basis of this book combines the notion of hospitality with the joy of cookery, food and beverages. It examines the various surroundings where meals can be shared and the ambiance that can be created

It is based around the idea that poet Rumi had, that all should be able to sit and enjoy food together, regardless of social class, gender and beliefs. This book is anecdotal in content and features many dishes and ideas which are based on those found in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, (as this was where Rumi travelled and settled.) It is also the region of the world where the idea of hospitality is perhaps at its strongest

The poet Rumi was born in Khorasan (Afghanistan) in 1207, although he spent much of his life in what is now Turkey. Rumi lost his mother at a young age and his father took the family from one area to another. When Rumi was 18 he settled in Anatolia; (Central Turkey) married and fathered a son

He would have been familiar with the ‘caravanserai’, (Karavansaray in Turkish) a construction where people would come and rest and refresh themselves whilst on a break from their travels, usually somewhere along the silk and spice routes. It was this experience that allowed Rumi to create his poem about hospitality. It is a piece of work with a moral and humanitarian message

This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival

A joy, depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honourably,
He may be clearing you out
For some new delight

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them in

Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond

So this book applauds hospitality, good food, poetry and great story telling. Enjoy!

And we ask you to help those less fortunate by

• Flowered Ice Cubes

are a delightfully cheap and effective way to add a luxury feel to your entertaining!

Please make sure that you thoroughly wash the flowers first, check that they are NOT poisonous or from an endangered variety, and go for "organically" grown plants if these are available

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A "How To" book aimed at the aspiring hostess. The author is an experienced hostess and cook who has lived internationally. This is reflected in the choice of menus and recipes, to which the Sufi Philosophy of Entertaining and the wisdom of Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century philospher and mystic poet, are backdrops. The author wants you, the host or hostess to be in a relaxed state of mind and to be up to enjoying their own party! The book covers how to prepare your home to receive guests and continues with how to create a convivial ambiance through your choice of music, table decorations, local splashes of colour and the use of flowers and strategically placed ornaments. How to lay a table for a sit down meal or how to display and serve finger food. Menus with approximate costings per person are considered, and when it is more appropriate to buy or to bake. Original recipes with full preparation and cooking instructions are included. Recipe combinations are considered, and dishes that can be cooked in advance and frozen recommended.

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