Nepali Night In
This May, we are celebrating our love of Nepali food with the second of our major fundraising activities for our 30 For 30 campaign.
Nepali Night In will run for the whole of May, culminating in a special celebration on Saturday 29th May, to coincide with the country’s annual ‘Mount Everest Day’ celebrating the very first summit of the mountain by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953.
We have some specially created recipes, which you can download and cook at home. The recipes have been created for us by Indian-born chef, Shri Naik, who runs Kurries and Steaks restaurant on the Isle of Man. PTN was originally based on the island and Shri has supported us for a number of years. Alongside the recipes, well known food and drink expert, TV’s Andy Clarke, has put together a drinks menu to go with it.
We have even created Nepali Night In party packs that you can buy, with prayer flags, table flags, scarves and notecards to make your feast feel extra special. You can buy these through our shop page using this link.
We want as many people as possible to join in with this event in whatever way suits them. (Restrictions permitting) you could invite your friends and neighbours round for a meal in the garden, or set up a Zoom and do it as a virtual dinner party: or just keep it intimate with your household. Pick whichever night in May is best for you, then get cooking! Make sure you take photos of your Nepali Night In and share them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (see links at the top of the page). Remember to tag us and to use the hashtag - #nepalinightin - as we have some prizes for the best pictures we receive.
To ensure we raise as much as we can from this activity towards our £50k campaign target, we would be very grateful if you would consider making a donation of your choice, which you can do quickly and easily via the link below.
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How to take part
We’ve made this activity as easy as possible for everyone to join in with.
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Professor Alice Roberts
Alice is an anatomist, author and broadcaster. She’s Professor ofPublic Engagement at the University of Birmingham, where she enjoys teaching medical students’ embryology and anatomy, and sharing her subject with the wider public, as well as helping other academics with their outreach. Alice studied medicine originally, before becoming a university lecturer and focusing on anatomy and biological anthropology. Her research on archaeological human bones led to the beginning of a career as a broadcaster, starting with Time Team on Channel 4, before going on to present her own big budget, landmark series about human evolution on BBC Two, including TheIncredible Human Journey and Origins of Us. She has presented the BBC archaeology series Digging for Britain for ten years, and she has made three series of Britain’s Most Historic Towns for Channel 4. In her spare time, she’s written ten popular science books, including her latest - a book about prehistoric migrations, Human Journey, for children. Alice is passionate about education in all its forms and at all levels.
Levison is a best-selling author and photographer who has worked and travelled in over 100 countries and has written seven best-selling books. He has produced six critically acclaimed documentaries, which have aired around the world. Levison is a Major in the British Army, having served in theParachute Regiment for 13 years. He is an elected Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. When not abroad, he lives in London.
Lex is a popular Nepali blogger and entrepreneur. He was born inNepal in 1992 but moved to Brunei due to his father’s posting as a Gurkha soldier and then to the UK when he was eight. He went back to Nepal for two years in 2004 and lived in the Pokhara Gurkha army camp and now lives in the UK with his family. He has a Master’s Degree from Kings College London in Tourism,Environment and Development. He launched his blog, lexlimbu.com, in 2008, and also runs a tours and sightseeing business called ‘Tracing Nepal’.
Chris had a long career as a primary school teacher, headteacher and adviser. He now spends his retirement making pots, drawing landscape and abstract pictures in pastel, taking photographs, doing voluntary work, playing bowls and trying to keep up with his children and grandchildren. Having met the then chairman of PTN, Howard Green, through work and listened to his stories of the work of PTN he made his first visit to Nepal in 2007 and has returned almost every year since developing a deep respect for the lives of the people who live in that amazing country. He served for ten years as a Trustee for PTN and has given many talks to groups around the north-west of England and supported a number of schools in making a link with a school in Nepal.
Malcolm is a mechanical engineer with over 50 years of engineering experience. He co-founded the Carnot Group in 2002, providing engineering design and development services. Originally from the UK, he moved to Australian 1972, where he undertook a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science at theUniversity of Queensland and he now lives in Greater Melbourne. Malcolm is a long-standing supporter of Pahar Trust Nepal and is flying the flag for the charity in Australia.
Laxmi Thapa Giri
Laxmi was born and brought up in the beautiful mountainous city of Pokhara, in Nepal. A a business entrepreneur and mother to one son, she has spent her life wanting to help people and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than herself. After nine years working with Rotary International, her passion for humanitarian work encouraged her to join Pahar Trust Nepal. Seeing the impact of 30 years of PTN’s involvement in health and education in the disadvantaged remote mountain communities of Nepal has made her want to contribute more.
Om Prakash Gurung
Prakash has been an educator and dedicated head teacher at the Himalaya Milan Secondary School in Tangting village, Kaski, for the past 28 years. He has been recognised with a DistrictEducation Award from Kaski, and the National Education Award from theGovernment of Nepal’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Himalaya Milan Secondary school is linked with Maidstone GrammarSchool for girls in the UK through PTN and for the past couple of years has been practicing project-based learning and global education. It has recently been awarded an International School Award (ISA) from the BritishCouncil.
Shri moved to the Isle of Man from Mumbai in 2003. He started his career at a leading four-star hotel and country club, and also worked at the Hyatt Regency. In 2013, he opened his restaurant, ‘Kurries and Steaks’ on the island. He missed the authentic North Indian food, so opened the restaurant in order to serve authentic dishes and introduce contemporary Indian to the island. It is the only restaurant on the island to serve Mumbai street food. Nepali cuisine is rich in taste and has been influenced by a variety of traditions and neighbouring cultures, including India’s. Shri’s culinary knowledge in preparing traditional Indian dishes has enabled him to offer these recipes, subtly adapted to reflect Nepalese variations.
Andy Clarke is a Bristol-based food and drink expert, writer and broadcaster, who often appears on ITV’s shows This Morning and Love Your Weekend. His background is in producing and directing food, drink and travel TV and credits include developing and producing'Saturday Kitchen Live' (BBC1), producing both James Martin's French & American Adventures (Discovery Channel) and being responsible for all food and drink on 'Gordon, Gino & Fred: Road Trip' (ITV). He has also recently produced and directed a brand new series ‘Rachel Khoo’s Chocolate’ for Discovery Channel/Food Network. While working with James Martin, he recommended all the wine and drink pairings to go with the food on the first series of 'James Martin's Saturday Morning' (ITV). He is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and has written for The Telegraph, BBQ Magazine and Crumbs magazine.