|The beautiful table|
This weekend I celebrated the coming of the Year of the Horse with my girl the talented events planner and designer, Alexia Lenoir and friends with a Chinese themed lunch at my place. It was another excuse to work with Alexia, to celebrate the new year in style but most of all to treat our friends to a tasty feast and some quality time.
We decided to send handwritten invites via post; in today’s world of Facebook invites and text messages, it’s nice to actually get something in your hands.
|Homemade fortune cookies|
Steamed prawn dumplings
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Homemade Fortune Cookies
Chilli prawns on skewers
Sticky Jasmine Rice
Steamed Pak Choi
Steamed Sea Bass
Mango, passion fruit and banana dessert
Coconut & lime ice-cream
Prosecco, mango, apple and pomegranate jelly shots
To top it all off, we had delicious Jasmine Tea and Green Tea cocktails.
The theme of the day was ‘doing you’. Someone asked me what I meant by that the other day so here is my attempt to explain it.
For me, it means expressing myself freely and living my life authentically without fear of judgement from other people. More often than not, other people aren’t the problem. We are our own worst enemies and we enslave ourselves with fears and worries and judgements. I have found that when I allow myself to be authentic, people are much more inclined not only to accept me (even if they don’t necessarily agree or support what I am doing), but also it gives them the freedom to do the same in a way that feels right to them. As the African proverb says ‘When there are no enemies within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you’.
‘In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds it’s morning and is refreshed’ Khalil Gibran
Wishing you prosperity and happiness!
Peace & Love