Selma’s Ruby Chard, Shitake Mushroom and Chestnut Tart

I’d like to add another post dedicated to Selma as I wanted to keep it food-related.  As we all know, Selma was the “Culinary Queen”.  I always loved how she talked about finding ingredients in her cupboard and adding them in her dishes giving a surprise element to the final product.  I loved reading her stories about her son Jake and his friends, about organizing events, her gadabouts through parts of London that she favored, her taste for ethnic foods and markets.  It was all part and parcel of what Selma was and how she came across.  She reached out to so many folks via the blogging world, helping new bloggers like myself, and making them feel welcome.

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Uniting strangers, creating friends, that was Selma!

When I first read Selma’s Introduction Page I already felt we had a special bond having both spent our formative years growing up in Kenya, Canada and England.  When I reached out to her via the blogging  world it was obvious that I did not know what I was getting into.  We exchanged some Swahili words, talked about our experiences in these different countries and immediately I felt the warmth and friendship that emanated from her.  Selma Jeevanjee’s family at one point owned 70% of Nairobi in the pioneering, colonial days of the city.  We talked about our love of Kenya and Africa as a whole.

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