Archive for January, 2011

delivery, flour, gluten free, N_K_D Pizza, restaurants, take away

The Dough Stripped Bare

The Dough Stripped Bare

Last week I attended the launch of N_K_D Pizza (alias for Naked – oooh, far too naughty for the Middle East!) with a bunch of my famished foodie friends, including Ms Custard Pie, The Spontaneous Euphoric, The Scribblelishesse, Dubai Biter, and Mezzaloonie (she’s not really a loonie). They already wrote […]

January 31, 2011 ×

Dubai, eggs, environment, free-range, rant

Despicable Me

Despicable Me

Happy egg after an overseas trip Don’t let anybody tell you it started with the chicken. It was most definitely the egg. In fact, it was several of them, half a dozen to be exact. This was the first time in Dubai that I had to sell my earth-mother soul. […]

January 28, 2011 ×

cardamom, carrot, celery, chicken, cinnamon, honey, honey chicken, middle-eastern flavours, onion, rice, rice dishes, saffron, spiced rice

Slap-Dash Biryani in the rice cooker

Slap-Dash Biryani in the rice cooker

I have always loved Biryani. I suppose it comes from all my childhood memories of cinnamon, and of course where it was used – apple pie, with sugar on pancakes, mixed into Mum’s banana custard – all wonderfully sweet and heart-warming dishes. So now the use of it is always […]

January 28, 2011 ×

Dubai, PR, radio

Don’t mention the war

Don’t mention the war

I managed to get myself a gig on the radio. This articulated (and yet surprisingly deluded) fellow by the name of Alexander McNabb thought I might have some worthwhile information to share both about and to, the blogging sphere of Dubai. Alexander has a lovely blog about Dubai, and it […]

January 26, 2011 ×

celebrity chefs, cooking lessons, Dubai

shukran ‘ala ‘wnak lii fiil’arabiyya

shukran ‘ala ‘wnak lii fiil’arabiyya

She’s Dressed in a fitted deep purple shirt with matching lilac eyeshadow and 4 inch cork wedges. She’s got the ripe figure I expect on a female chef. I know now why they call her the Nigella Lawson of the Arab world. But would she be flattered or offended? She’s […]

January 24, 2011 ×

Dubai, expat, making friends, sadness

Round and round the rollercoaster rails

Round and round the rollercoaster rails

This is my first blue blog. And before you get all excited about THAT kind of blue, let me tell you I’m talking about feeling a little low. Another friend gone. It’s one of the worst components of expat life – the friend cycle. Firstly, we are forced to leave […]

January 20, 2011 ×

avocado, chilli, coriander, cucumber, lemon, lettuce, mint, salads, sauces, spicy green salad, yoghurt

Green means hot

Green means hot

I am a very fortunate lady. Not only have I got a husband who very cleverly got us an expat stint in the centre of the world, but I also have Mary in our household. The title of “housemaid” does not fully describe her position or influence. Some days she […]

January 20, 2011 ×

cardamom, chicken, chilli, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, curry, middle-eastern flavours, moghul chicken, saffron, yoghurt

Cooking with Sunrise

Cooking with Sunrise

Living in the Middle East does wonderful things to ones spice cabinet. Where we might suffer from a dearth of fresh local meat and vegetables , it is made up for in spades by what can be bought not only at the spice souq, but even out of sacks at […]

January 20, 2011 ×

baking powder levels in flour, banana, cakes and pastries, raspberries, school lunches, snacks

Bananaberry muffins

Bananaberry muffins

I’m not much of a baker. As you might be able to tell from the blog description, I abhor measuring and weighing and being pedantic – it’s just not me. Added to that, in Dubai, bread is cheap. I can buy 10 perfect little iced cupcakes from Spinneys for 10 […]

January 19, 2011 ×