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Dinner with the Family

                                
Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.
~ Jim Rohn

Sunday was dedicated to spending family time with my family, the Natalyas. My dad’s side of the family were all invited yet nobody really knew what the itinerary for the day was. The plan simply was to spend time together as a family, meeting and mingling with those we may not have seen for a while. Being honest, the only time we see each other as a unit is at weddings, which shouldn’t be the only reason why the family get together. Families should get together because they need one another; it is always good to know that people will be there to support you even if you may not see them regularly. I don’t believe it should be a burden to maintain a happy relationship with your family, no matter how large or small it is. At the end of the day… you’re kinda stuck with them! Mwahahaha.

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
~ Desmond Tutu


So the day consisted of meeting, greeting and mingling with a few announcements of birthdays, weddings and engagements thrown in. There was a piñata in there somewhere (oh how Indian we are!), kids games, music, singing and some wild dancing to both Indian and African music…

Families are like fudge- mostly sweet with a few nuts.

~ Anonymous

Oh, and how could I forget the most important part. Food.

The event was catered for by Chetna’s Sweets who delivered some seriously yummy Gujarati food for a lot of people…

Plastic plates for the family

This many… And more!

Let me show you exactly how yummy I mean…

Ladwa- Chetna's Sweets Catering
First up there was the ‘prashad’. Prashad is simply an offering made before it is eaten by guests. In this case, the ‘ladwa’ (sweets) had been offered to our beloved, late Velji bapuji. We are very lucky that he is always watching over the Natalyas.

Poori were served with the two curries, which were…

Mattar paneer- Chetna's Sweets Catering

This mutter paneer was amazing. In true Gujarati style, it was delicately spiced with little sweet notes in the background. Perfect for all the family!

Potato and aubergine curry- Chetna's Sweets Catering
Ringra bateta nu shaak (potato and aubergine curry) is truly a Gujarati food hero. Simple, like the home-cooked food we are used to, it was something enjoyed by everyone. Except people who don’t like aubergines. It was served drier than the mutter paneer in a masala sauce which was delicious with the veggies. It teamed up well with…

Kadhi/Yogurt soup- Chetna's Sweets Catering

The kadhi (yogurt soup)

Cumin rice- Chetna's Sweets Catering

and jeeru (cumin) rice.

For me, the kadhi was the star of the show. The spices were very well balanced and included all of my favourite flavours!

And to top it all off…

Veggie samosa- Chetna's Sweets Catering
Veggie samosas which were served with green chutney. They were both perfect, my only suggestion would be that the samosa’s would have been even better had they been served with lemon wedges to compliment the dry, spicy, yummy filling.

Raita- Chetna's Sweets Catering

Cooling raita (spiced cucumber yogurt)

Hot carrot and mustard pickle- Chetna's Sweets Catering

Carrot and mustard pickle. A hot and spicy accompaniment to any meal!

And finally…

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Gulab Jambu (or gulab jamun depending on where you’re from). These gulab jambu were so dense, sweet and delicious. I believe they had been made with mawa/khoya (which is solidified milk used to make many different Indian sweets). I am used to the cakey, soft version of gulab jambu however, these made a lovely change! I only had one but I could have eaten a few dozen more!

Chetna's Sweets Catering 1
Here’s a snap of my plate before I hoovered it all up with my beak. Ha.

Overall, I would give Chetna’s Sweets Catering 9/10… There is always room for improvement *wink wink*. Their food was perfect for our occasion! I would like to say thank you to them for providing our special day with such fantastic food!

Family and food made for a perfect Sunday. Until next time, Natalyas!

Bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast.
~ Epictetus

So that was my Sunday, readers! How was your weekend? Did you eat as much as I did? Hehe.

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