01st April, 2015
The Haft-Seen Table: The Table of the Seven S’s
The Haft-Seen Table: The Table of the Seven S’s as part of the Norouz (Persian New Year ) celebrations represents the spirit of hope, renewal, togetherness, health and wellbeing, and is symbolized by:
Sumac (crushed spice of berries): For the sunrise and the spice of life. The promise of good growth.
Senjed (sweet dry fruit of the lotus tree): For love and affection.
Serkeh (vinegar): For patience and to ward off various ills.
Seeb (apples): For health and beauty.
Sir (garlic): For good health symbolizes medicine.
Samanu (wheat pudding): For fertility and the sweetness of life.
Sabzeh (sprouted wheat grass): For rebirth and renewal of nature.
18th January, 2014
A Short History of Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts:
Around 400BC, the Persian Empire’s nobility indulged in an iced dessert made of snow, vermicelli and rose water, and at times floured with saffron or fruits. The snow used in this dessert was from the mountains and stored in yakhchals (specialised subterranean chambers with thick walls and domed roofs rising above ground). The walls were heat and water resistant ensuring the ice would not melt during the long, hot Persian summers. The falooda is a modern day version of this ancient dessert.
In the 14th Century, flavoured ice was developed in Mughal courts.
In the latter half of the 17th Century, ice cream arrived in Napoli, then spread through Europe via the royal houses of the continent.