My passion for food started when I held my first baby. Having devoured all books on what nutrients to offer the little one, I realised that I knew nothing of what we were being fed. This search for knowledge carried on well after my decades working in the music industry. I started producing and selling preserves, I would research each produce for its nutritional health and its history down the ages; in short, I fancied myself to be a food detective. Extensive travel has also broadened my culinary horizons and reinforced my belief that you cannot get to know people’s culture without a visit to the market for the smells, the sights, the sounds. My diet has been vegetarian for over 27 years, I am currently a 54-year old going on 17 and I learn about foodstuff every single day. My own cultural heritage is Lebanese and though I favor it above all else, I love Peruvian and Thai cuisines. Having never liked the idea or taste of meat, I was lucky at a very early age to be around a huge selection of vegetarian food. My cooking is simple yet delicious; it’s highly nutritious and carefully chosen. If a produce lacks vibrancy, it stays on the shelf and if its origins may hint at GMO farming practices, just forget it! I derive great satisfaction from having guests at the table enjoying my food; there's something sacred about this eating together ritual, as you've given part of yourself to others. That being said, a great meal is the sum of great light-hearted company. All I ask of you is to bring a big smile and a hearty appetite.
I'm in my fifties
Having worked in the music industry for 23 years, I decided to put my other passions to use. Began to produce preserves (jams, chutneys) for a couple of years then branched out into travel. I now run a travel consultant service but food keeps pulling me back. For more information please visit my ME page on my website: http://www.travelwithmenow.com/page-me/.
My own beautifully baked desserts.
What to expect at Carol's place
I have been in the service industry for 30 years and I can only say there is nothing I would change of the very warm and comfortable atmosphere Carol created. The food was plentiful and delicious, every dish was presented well and looked as good as it tasted. One dish in particular, which I had never heard of or tasted before was "The Red One", which was a dish containing chillies and cashew nuts (delicious!). I would book again if only just to taste this dish.
Carol is lovely, welcoming and very organized. She really cares that we got to her place, and monitored the phone til we all arrived. It was a cheerful and well travelled group enjoying her cuisine last night, and four hours later we were winding down eating dessert, and making plans to eat together again. Now the food has already been described in previous reviews, all yummy and plentiful. Carol has some remarkable recipes, especially the hummous and green bean in tomato sauce. I'm a meat eater and I am going to to cook a few of these dishes.
Carol 's experiences
Plant Power - 100% Vegan
Veggie Sunny Med
Vegetarian Lebanese Feast
Where to find Carol
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