.....break! Time to go for lunch
2.00 P.M Karnavati Club. Sarbhara , the Gujju restaurant
Handvo with leele chutney
Levelva na ghughra with nariyal chutney
Bataka nu Shaak
Roti / poori
Daal / kadhi
and we are still in our aprons.....people around thought we were doing a telly show.....
Now the usual plan after a royal lunch....sleep? yes, that is what normally I would do..but let's see what these ladies did.....?.
4,00 P.M shopping at sanskruti, a shop for Gujju sareess, fabric and a lot more................along with some masala chai to get those eyes wide open.
6,00P.M back, only to be ordered to get dressed .
Dress code..Traditional Formal wear
All in Traditional attire... decked up and looking stunning..with beautiful sarees and jewellery ..not missing the gajras,(flowers), that Padma brought all the way from Chennai...she even got pins to tuck these!..thanks sweetie, that was so thoughtful!!
our little BM Team
7.15P.M left for dinner
While driving to the venue , we kept talking and at one point Valli expressed her wish to visit my home, I coolly put it off saying, " ya , sure. I wondered if the group had got suspicious about the surprise, but it seemed well under cover.
8.00P.M reach the venue
AHHH!!!!!!! AND UHHHHHHHS!!..
Well the venue was my home...and a total surprise for everyone!
Some of the friends who had seen my house on FB immediately said...oh this is Vaishali's house, while the others were still wondering what was going on.I was really happy to see everyone's reaction, this was the best part of the BM meet.
What followed next...
Meeting the family
A long round of the house, where all my secrets were revealed!
A tandoori night, where we got the big tandoor from the hotel and relished
A photo shoot in traditional attire.
followed by a simple dinner, which was
And then followed the dessert!
Barbecue Dinner Party!
I wanted my friends to taste some of my signature dishes , and this was my chance, all this while they had been eating restaurant food, so I had prepared the desserts two days in advance.
Orange ice cream
Musambi badaam ice cream
The last two were store bought, but these are special ones, because they are made in the traditional way, by churning,
Last but not the least chocolate paan , was served , which is a big hit with my family.
A quick Bajri no rotlo demo by my staff, who stays next door, followed the paan session, and then it was time to drop all to the hotel.
The day flew away and when I got back into my room , I gave a big hug to my hubby ,thanked him for all the arrangements he had made to welcome my friends.
Smiling I went off to bed!
The mat you see in the picture below is a gift from Valli and the salt pepper shakers, hugging are a gift from Rajani. Thanks a ton dears!