Over the last weeks, our dear sister, Teresa, has been putting a series of searching questions to Andrew, Haya, Sameer & Sunny, with the intention of sharing a little bit more about us with you. After sharing a bit about Haya last week, it’s on to Sameer. Enjoy!
Sweet or Savoury?
Sweet; I am letting my ungodly sweet tooth take the win on this.
If you could have dinner with three people (dead or alive) who would they be and why?
Frank Sinatra would be one. He is someone whose style was a great inspiration for me. The example of his music & demeanour help me add a spicy dash of charisma & charm everywhere I go.
My grandfather from my mother’s side. I never really knew my grandparents from either side of my parents, but growing up, I felt I knew him (my grandfather) so well, perhaps because of the fact that I have his looks. Truly, sometimes I think that I am his reincarnate.
Third choice (& I know this is cheating) would be all my friends & family. I would love to have dinner with everyone who has helped me pave the path to the person I have become & of course get roasted by each & everyone in the same sitting because apparently I enjoy pain?
What is your favourite dish to cook?
One of my all time favourite go to meals to cook would be spaghetti and meatballs – Italian & mediterranean, fatty and gabagool as it can get.
If you could only eat one dish for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
Braised beef cheeks, jus, mashed potatoes. One of the rarest documented moments of me feeling blissfully happy (as a result of Vicarage & Sons & of course me being hungry at the moment) was eating this dish. I would love to have the chicken balaclava & our arancini accompanying it.
What is your favourite drink to make?
Any drink that requires the use of the mixing glass. I love being able to approximate the dilution needed to be done whilst stirring depending on the atmosphere & conditions.
What is your favourite drink to drink?
Sazerac. I heard about it in my favourite movie (Curious Case of Benjamin Button) & brought it up one day to Andrew and the rest is history.
What do you enjoy most about being part of the vicarage and sons team in Amman?
Feeling at home… being able to be myself, share my mind, bend an ear & find guidance.
It’s approaching summer so can you share a summer recipe/cocktail recipe with our followers for them to try at home?
An interesting recipe I came across that originates from Brazil is a twist on the refreshing summer lemonade, but the Brazilians just changed the letters a bit & they call it limonada. (The drink is also called Swiss lemonade for containing sweetened condensed milk). Each and every recipe differs in flavour & spirit so adjust yours accordingly but here are the basics.
- 4 limes, set some wheels for serving
- ⅓ cup of sugar/ 35 grams/ 1.2 ounces
- 200 grams sweetened condensed milk/ 7 fluid ounces
- 1 litre cold water/ 4 cups
- 4 cups ice or left to preference
Clean the tips off the limes, cut into quarters. Combine all ingredients into a blender & pulse them together, make sure that the limes aren’t too pulverised otherwise your drink would be too bitter. Strain the liquid & discard the solids. Serve immediately into ice filled glasses & garnish with a lime wheel. You can also pour into bottles and refrigerate for up to 3 days, shaking before serving.
What is your most memorable moment of vicarage and sons events so far?
I have a few, but one that I will forever remember & will continue to think about & learn from is when I was having an off day, & was being an absolute no good scrooge to the point that Andrew & I started butting heads. He takes me aside, we talk things candidly, he gives me a cuddle & I reset.
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