Food & film… those were 2 passions that I shared in common with three of my housemates while at London. We called ourselves the Chenies Mews girls!🙂
A Greek Ph.D student at London School of Economics, a British (of Sri Lankan origin) law student, an American (of Chinese origin) student of Library Science and me, the Indian at Film School- yes, nothing much in common there but each of us loved to eat, cook and watch movies! Our house was often enriched by the smells of various cuisines as we took turns in the kitchen.
I remember stumbling in at some late night hour- starving and missing home. Just as I’d put the spices on the stove, my housemates would troop down one by one in their pyjamas and all of us would wait till the curry is cooked to wolf it down!🙂 I’ll never forget some of the delicious dishes all three of them treated me to.
Our special days were those with movies and restaurants sampling all kinds of exotic dishes… imagine my surprise when I’m grandly introduced to the delicacy of Congee at China Town only to recognise it to be our poor old kanji (rice gruel)!🙂
The parties are our place were famous because we had a great mix of people, a garage transformed to a dance floor, and ofcourse there would be plenty to eat and drink! None of us were particularly into alcohol but we had to serve something special to our guests so we’d make SanGria – that lovely spanish concoction of wine and fruit… The first time we made it, we tried it so many times for taste that four of us were exquisitely happy (read tipsy) even before our guests arrived- ha!
All three of them were so patient with me as the house would fill up with film shooting bric-a-brac until there was no room to breathe! Trust me- it takes an amazing amount of tolerance to live with a film student. And these wonderful gals had it along with a generous dollop of good spirit! When I graduated they got me a film clapboard and am happy that I still use it for luck when we shoot.🙂
One of the Chenies Mews girls is getting married at the end of the month and I was so looking forward a Chenies Mews reunion. But unfortunately it looks like that has to wait for a bit longer… I wish Ann & Mikael all the best for a fabulous life together and hope to meet them soon.
Until then as I am writing a film script where food plays a big role I am reminded of those lovely days & good friends. I am smiling because somewhere out there, there are three women who would be so chuffed to watch a film for foodies :-) This one’s for you!