Archive for January, 2011

cabbage (purple), capsicum (red), carrot, Chana Dhal, garlic, ginger, onion, salads, snow-peas, stir-fries

Rainbow Stir-fried Vegetables

Rainbow Stir-fried Vegetables

Stir-fries didn’t exist when I was a child in Australia. My vegetables were served up in steamed to the devil gray mounds in unidentifiable varieties – probably a good thing, because quite often they contained broad beans, cabbage and brussel sprouts. I remember rejoicing when my Mother took a six […]

January 18, 2011 ×

BBQ, five-spice powder, hoi sin sauce, meat cooking test, pork, stir-fries

Barbecued Pork Tenderloin

Barbecued Pork Tenderloin

five spice You know that smell when you walk down a Chinatown strip – sort of sweet and gamey – honey and spice and smoke and roasting meat? Part of it is Peking Duck, and the other part is Barbecued Pork. It’s one of ten key smells in the world […]

January 18, 2011 ×

Recipes

Smoked tuna spaghetti

When I was single, this dish kept me alive. If I had not found this combination, I would have existed entirely on toast and red wine, so we can thank it for my healthy heart and buttocks today. Back then it was far less gourmet – simply “tuna spaghetti”, but […]

January 17, 2011 ×

breakfast, cakes and pastries

Renewed Croissants

As my first lazy post, I would like to talk about my favourite pastry treats from the Boulangerie. We have escaped the Dubai heat during summer for the last few years by going to a cottage in the French provincial countryside so we can eat the real thing (I know, […]

January 17, 2011 ×

celebrity chefs, Deira, Dubai, Dubai restaurants, restaurants, verre

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare

more about the show here I love the food channel. Back in Melbourne, before my kids grew up and commandeered the television, Saturday mornings would provide 4 hours of back-to-back entertainment by the way of Masterchef and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. It’s the perfect way to clear the hungover brain – […]

January 16, 2011 ×

Dubai, floods, rain, the real story, weather

Where the weather weathers one.

Where the weather weathers one.

Australia is in the news in a big way, and for the first time in ages, it’s not because a sports star or politician has accidentally touched someone inappropriately with their hand or ill-advised wisdom. It’s raining cats and dogs and cows and chooks. The entire state of Queensland is […]

January 14, 2011 ×

Cairo, Egypt, food poisoning, Movies, Sheraton, the Nile, travel

Cairo Time

Cairo Time

I have just watched then opening fifteen minutes of “Cairo Time“. I love the gritty finishing, it would often indicate the work will be a little art-house gem. But I know this one is going to be a chick flick. How? Because it is just like the catchphrase says: “Sometimes […]

January 11, 2011 ×

Deira, Dubai, fish, Fish Market, lobster, prawns, shopping, Traditional Dubai

The early bird catches the fish

The early bird catches the fish

It’s more than a little too early… I can hear the muezzin to the north, and he is soon joined by the east and south. It can’t be more than 16 degrees, and my heat-accustomed body is shivering despite a cardigan, jeans and boots. It is predawn, still dark, and […]

January 8, 2011 ×

coffee, Dubai, Dubai Mall, Galeries Lafayette, shopping

The Secret Circle

The Secret Circle

Galeries Lafayette Dubai Mall Christmas eve brought me here for my virgin experience. I had been in Galeries Lafayette before, but it’s the kind of store I tend to walk through quickly and wistfully on the way to the carpark, trailing my fingers over the dangly costume jewelry, not bothering […]

January 6, 2011 ×