Archive for April, 2011

Recipes

Easy Baclava

Easy Baclava

I discovered a little about baclava while I was at the Al Samadi Bakery recently – the term “baclava” actually refers to the pastry, not the sweets. It’s a super-soft mix that is flattenend, then has more layers of the same placed on top, and then is flattened again and […]

April 11, 2011 ×

carrot, mint, radish, salads

Remembering French Provincial Markets

Remembering French Provincial Markets

For the last three years, we have escaped the Dubai heat and travelled to southern France. Languedoc, Dordogne, Cote d’Azur, Var, Vaucluse – we’ve seen them all. And there’s one thing that binds them – something I can’t seem to get anywhere else in the world…. Radishes. Not just any […]

April 11, 2011 ×

Mall of the Emirates, restaurants, reviews, take away

Sheikh Shaq

Sheikh Shaq

When someone in my group of food-obsessed blogging friends started jumping up and down about a burger joint called Shake Shack, I had absolutely thought that she meant Sheikh Shack. I pictured this majlis-style hot spot with a swanky modern take on the Bedouin tent. An elite place for the […]

April 10, 2011 ×

mayonnaise, mustard, potato, salads, sauces

Mayonnaise – Jar or home-made?

Mayonnaise – Jar or home-made?

I’ve tried to make mayonnaise several times in my life. Sometimes it works, and less times it doesn’t. There’s really no excuse for not making it, of course, because even when it doesn’t work, the ways to fix it are easy (I love the way this lovely lady makes her […]

April 7, 2011 ×

chocolate, macaroons, reviews

The Golden Ticket

The Golden Ticket

HWZBC7SW6Q6Y I’d like you to close your eyes for a moment. Now open them, because I need you to keep reading. But pretend they are still closed, and take yourself back to age 7. Drop all your baggage, your knowledge, your mistakes, regret, rational thought, tooth decay, and ask yourself […]

April 6, 2011 ×

Bellagio, Italy, Lake Como, Menaggio, travel, travelling with children, Varenna, villa rental

A Week by the Lake

A Week by the Lake

Grand Hotel, Tremezzo I had lunch al fresco today, and for the first time this year, the air was marginally on the wrong side of comfortable. It may be one of the last outdoor lunches I get before its too hot. Yes, that’s right, summer is on the way. Most […]

April 4, 2011 ×