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A Minute with Ali Rhind Owner of The Guilt Free Curry Company

Where do you live?
I live on the side of a mountain in Polemi, Paphos with my two huskies, Dolce and Lulu.

Best childhood memory?
Moving to Australia at age 9, and experiencing an entirely different lifestyle. We lived in a migrant hostel for 11 months, 23 days and 8 hours, not that I was counting. It was a good way to get used to life in Australia and also to learn about things that bite!

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? What do you turn your nose up at?
Suite 48, and favourite meal is the Duvet Sandwich, although I generally spend equal time at Oniro, where I love the Lamb Arack. I don’t like a Sunday dinner… Never understood what the whole thing is about Yorkshire Pudding and I’m not into roast beef.

What did you have for breakfast?
Breakfast varies for me but is mostly 30g of Oatmeal toasted in a non-stick pan with 3 eggs whipped and then cooked with the oatmeal. And of course it has to have at least one super hot chilli in it.

Would you class yourself as a day or night person? What is your favourite night out?
I’m generally a day person as I have to start quite early each day. Favourite night out is dinner with friends and then out for a bit of dancing and a few drinks.

Best book ever read?
Aphroditie’s War by Andrea Busfield. Could not put the book down and enjoyed every single page. A great story based on fact but written in a light way for all to enjoy.

Favourite film of all time?
Silence of the Lambs… Love the movie and the character Hanibal Lecter. Scared me so much in the cinema that when I got a taxi to work the next day I was dropped beside the cinema and saw a life size statue of Hanibal and nearly had a heart attack.

Best holiday ever taken?
This is a hard one as I have had fabulous holidays all around the world. But I would have to say that it was probably going to Hungary with one of my best friends. We travelled a lot while I was living in the Netherlands and both just fell in love with Hungary, the food, the wine, the people and the history.

What music are you listening to in the car at the moment?
I listen to Kiss FM because my car radio only goes up to 89 FM.

What is always in your fridge?
About 15 different curry pastes, lots of vegetables, varied Asian sauces such as soya sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce etc. Oh and there is usually about 6 cans of soda water.

Dream house: rural retreat or urban dwelling? Where would it be, what would it be like?
Hard question, I would say a semi-rural retreat, with lots of garden, great views and of course enough rooms to house visiting friends. Since moving to Paphos I have learned to enjoy the quietness and remote location of my home.

What is your greatest fear?
Snakes… I’m an Aussie and we don’t really like snakes as we have 9 of the 10 most deadly in the world. Unfortunately this makes me really nervous of them here and I don’t usually wait around to see if they are dangerous or not.

If you could pick anyone at all (alive or dead) to go out for the evening with, who would it be?
I met a lady in Sri Lanka who spent many months teaching me how to cook proper Sri Lankan food, and while she was teaching me to cook she told me many wonderful stories about her youth and how she grew up in a large family. I would love to be able to show her where I have taken the company to and how much she has influenced what I cook.

Tell me a joke
How should you live your life? By seasoning the moment!

The Guilt Free Curry Company makes fat free curries that change on a weekly basis. They are available at markets in the Paphos area and for delivery. For more information

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