There were also book shelves, where Baba (father) often read, and played a game of chess with uncle Sshari. I often dozed in the early hours of the afternoon in the relaxing atmosphere with Baba reading the famous book of Shahnameh (“The Epic of Kings”) to me with his soft musical voice.
Many of the stories written by Ferdowsi were about Zoroastrian religion and history. It was much later in life, when visiting Mashhad the holy city of Muslim, that I made the journey by bus to Tus to see Ferdowsi tomb. I stood under the shaded tree in a cool breeze, and almost drifted back to my childhood days in the cool cellar with Baba reading the book of Shahnameh to me all over again.
300 ml (½ pint) orange juice, freshly squeezed
Thinly pared rind of 2 medium oranges
4 tablespoons lemon juice
90-115 g (3-4 oz) granulated sugar or to taste
Put all the ingredients in a small heavy saucepan. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for about 30 minutes until thick. Drain in a sieve over a bowl when cold. Store in airtight bottles.