MY FABULOUS FRIDAY
The creative director at Dubai Garden Centre talks about her love-hate relationship with Casablanca lilies and waking up at the crack of dawn
Dubai-based Saresa Anthonissen, of the Dubai Garden Centre, on food, friends, flowers and Friday.
FOOD, FRIENDS, FRIDAYS Forbidden flower
Casablanca lilies are my favourite flowers but, unfortunately, they are also the ones I’m allergic to. Friday for me is spent with family and friends. I don’t get much time to socialise during the week, so I love inviting friends over for a big Mediterranean meal on a Friday afternoon. I enjoy cooking, [but] I don’t spend the entire day preparing the meal. There’ll be huge Yotam Ottolenghistyle platters of roasted vegetables, salad and fish or meat, all informally laid out on my big wooden dining table.
‘It’s not what you say to everyone else that determines your life; it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the greatest power,’ is a quote that has stayed with me for the longest time. I can’t remember where I read it, but it reflects how important being true to myself in everything I do is. At the end of the day, I am solely responsible for all my deeds and actions.
THE EARLY BIRD AND THE DOG
I am usually awake at 4 in the morning. This is my quiet time that I use to walk our dog Simba, a miniature schnauzer, and then spend time cooking and reading before the rest of the house wakes up.
As a family, we recycle all our waste from home. I buy organic products when and wherever I can and try to waste less. I seem to be forever decluttering nowadays. We also make sure we segregate all our waste into separate bins for plastic, paper and glass. Also, we never throw away our old clothes; they are always donated to clothing banks.
I love travelling. Spending time with my family as a child on holiday in Elandsbaai – a coastal town in South Africa – is my earliest memory of happiness. A trip to Angkor Wat and seeing the Northern Lights are ultimate travel goals.