Q&A WITH JEET AND CARLA
Tell us a little bit about your relationship and what you love to do together?
JEET – My mum is my best friend. We have a playful yet deep relationship. We eat a lot together.
CARLA – Jeet is my best friend, and we have a very close relationship. She is a wonderful person, and I am so proud of her. She is kind and caring and very funny and clever. We talk, laugh, and eat a lot together.
How much time do you usually spend time together or how do you make the time to see each other in your busy schedules?
JEET – We are both very busy with our work and often have clashing schedules. However, I always try my best to pop by in the morning on my way to work or if I have a freelance graphic design job, I’ll head home so we can both work next to each other and have a chat.
CARLA – When we catch up, we have great conversations about life, love, and food. She always has so many great insights. She is growing into such a wise, worldly and smart woman.
If your memories are made by cooking together, how did this start out be your way of expressing love?
JEET – it’s just a nice thing that we both love doing, and something that we have shared a lot together. Making, eating, and talking about food.
CARLA – Jeet is very creative (and messy) in the kitchen, always concocting something from her imagination, rarely following a recipe. She is an incredible cook. While we cooked together, she would often go on her own tangent and make something very delicious from random ingredients. The way she approaches her cooking makes me love her even more. She is clever, innovative and there is a curious child-like exploration that I love about her when she is baking. She carries this curiosity into life, always learning and growing.
What are each of your most fond memories together? Is there a particular moment that stands out to you?
JEET – For some reason the first thing that comes to mind, and fondest moment is the time my mum and I rode my kids scooter down Bondi promenade. We went over a rock, and we were thrown in the air. I remember looking at my mum whilst she looked at me, both of us face down on the floor. It wasn’t funny at the time; I think we both cried but I look back at it with so much love.
CARLA – Our walks, talks and cooking in the kitchen. And when she was little, her blonde curls, her big blue eyes and the cute, funny and clever questions she used to ask me. We set up a little tree house in the backyard when the kids were little called The Super Yum cafe – Jeet really took ownership of this and was often in there making all sorts of concoctions from sticks and twigs. She was always happy to be in the dirt and was the only kid in the neighbourhood that would be happy to pick up the worms from our compost.
What have you learnt about each other in these moments? Does it change over time?
JEET – Moments like these remind me that we are in it together. An intrinsic connection, we feel each other’s feelings- happy, sad, good, bad. When I think of memories like the above, that’s never changed over time, it just is and always will be and I’m so grateful for it.
CARLA – That Jeet is a deep thinker in everything she does, when she talks, when she cooks – she thinks differently and deeply about things. She has always been very smart, funny, sensitive and kind, and this makes her very special.
You’ve chosen a smoothie recipe today are there any other treasured recipes you love to cook together?
JEET – We love making everything together.. we bake a lot. My obsession with cooking started when mum showed me how to make a butter cake when I was little (gluten free of course). We went through a period where we tried to make the yummiest unhealthiest cakes healthy for her cook book a few years ago… I think we got it right.
CARLA – Jeet loves making healthy cookies and cakes. We also have made a lot of middle eastern food together – I think we are both really drawn to those flavours