Archive for April, 2011

Eating up Dubai

Almaz by Momo

Almaz by Momo

I love finding a secret. It pampers the selfish egotistical side of me. I’m clever enough to know this secret, and nobody else does. Will I tell them about it? Or will I keep it to myself, selfish, enjoying the quiet Friday lunches. I mean, if I tell you all […]

April 25, 2011 ×

breakfast, cakes and pastries, honey, saffron

Saffron and Honey Breakfast Cake

Saffron and Honey Breakfast Cake

Friday morning is the start of the weekend in this part of the world. It is the holy day, and so we rest on Fridays and Saturdays. I am still getting used to the whole ‘work’ routine on Sundays, but something I have settled into quite nicely is pancake morning […]

April 25, 2011 ×

Bab al Shams, Desert, embracing culture, hotels, Qasr al Sarab, weekend break

A taste of the desert

A taste of the desert

I had been looking forward to this weekend for over a month. In fact, I had been looking forward to this weekend even before I booked the trip. I knew we would do it. It was going to be hellishly expensive, it would involve an incredibly boring drive with two […]

April 22, 2011 ×

Recipes

Crunchy prawns with korma dipping sauce

Crunchy prawns with korma dipping sauce

Every once in a while, there is a dish from a restaurant that sticks with me. One evening, about 8 years ago in Melbourne, I dined with my husband at Circa at ‘The Prince’ in St Kilda. It was fairly soon after it had opened, and it was still well […]

April 20, 2011 ×

arabic food, shopping, Traditional Dubai

Souk, Souq, Suq

Souk, Souq, Suq

Cinnamon I can smell it as the abra touch-parks at the riverbank. The aromas lead me stumbling up the gangplanks and into a throbbing intersection. I ponder for a moment – safe stroll through the subway, or manic death-wish rush through Deira traffic? I opt for the road – the […]

April 18, 2011 ×

cucumber, fattoush, middle-eastern flavours, mint, radish, salads, thyme, tomato

Fattoush – the salad for non-salad lovers

Fattoush – the salad for non-salad lovers

I hate salads that taste like a pile of grass. I’m more of a caesar salad person – sure, I like some leaves, but I prefer them crunchy, and then I want a whole heap of non-salad items in there, like bacon, eggs, bread and cheese. Or maybe a complete […]

April 18, 2011 ×

middle-eastern flavours, pastry, snacks, za'atar

Za’atar

Za’atar

Living in the Middle East is a dream for a spice lover. It is of course, smack in the middle of traditional spice trails, and the trading hub for all the fragrant and piquant treasures of this world. Baharat, Sumac, Saffron, Cardamom, Oud, Roses, Za’atar. The list goes on. A […]

April 18, 2011 ×

Recipes

No pain, no gain

No pain, no gain

I’ve always been more of a non-recipe cook. Don’t get me wrong – I love cookbooks, but after years of working in restaurants alongside chefs – some great, some mediocre, I have realized that once you develop some basic knowledge, and learn to trust your taste buds, anyone is capable […]

April 13, 2011 ×

Dubai, environment, farmer's market, organic

The Source

The Source

When I first came to Dubai for a little look-see with my husband, a weekend break to decide if we could ever live here, we were taken around by a French Relocation Expert. This was in 2007, when Dubai was heaving in every imaginable direction – up, out, down, in. […]

April 13, 2011 ×