Archive for September, 2011

gluten free, Recipes

Gluten Free Banana Date and Hazelnut muffins

Gluten Free Banana Date and Hazelnut muffins

Finding a gluten free flour that works well is like finding the holy grail for celiacs. Only five years ago, they were only available in specialist stores, and varied in quality and texture – producing pizza bases that tasted like soggy cardboard, muffins that were as dry and heavy as […]

September 30, 2011 ×

Culinary Travel

How do you choose an excellent restaurant in a place you’ve never been before?

How do you choose an excellent restaurant in a place you’ve never been before?

I’m lucky. I nearly always dine well when I’m travelling. Which is good, because I’m absolutely obsessed with food and wine. It will probably one day be the death of me. On second thoughts, maybe I’m not lucky – not because I will probably be inflicted with gout and diabetes […]

September 29, 2011 ×

Destination Guides

San Gimiganano

San Gimignano – disecting towers…

Why do men build tall towers? After visiting the beautiful San Gimignano, and living in the shade of the giant needle that is the Burj Khalifa, I resolved to learn more, and typed that sentence into google. The entire first page is taken up with the Tower of Babel, a […]

September 26, 2011 ×

Cafes, Cheese, Dubai, food sourcing, Gourmet, Jones the Grocer, shopping

Shopping for groceries at Jones the Grocer

Shopping for groceries at Jones the Grocer

I’m a fairly literal person. As far as I’m concerned, if you are going to call yourself something, it must reflect what you are. Otherwise it causes disappointment for everyone on the receiving end of your name and your offer. A wine called “The Chocolate Block” must be big and […]

September 23, 2011 ×

Culinary Travel

Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

He’s not going to do it.The waiter just slapped a medieval-icious silver sword on our table, and started peeling the foil off the top of our bottle of Franciacorta Rose. I mean, seriously? It’s dangerous. He might get glass in my glass of bubbly bubbles. Isn’t swiping the top of […]

September 21, 2011 ×

holiday rentals, Italy, Paciano, Tartagli Bassi, travel, travelling with children

Home away from home

Home away from home

I don’t want to leave. I’m pressed in embrace against Leslie, and it’s like I’m frozen. I know that when we part, I will have to join my family in the car, and leave her forever. Or maybe, just maybe, this time I’ll be back. I am an ADHD traveller. […]

September 18, 2011 ×

challenge, fish, fruit, meat, seasonal produce, vegetables

Keeping it fresh

Keeping it fresh

   Kari over at “Chef and Steward” has set a Mystery Basket challenge. It doesn’t sound too hard – simply get three fresh items per day and cook with them. But what is fresh? I decided to set myself an extra challenge, and in order to benefit my family with […]

September 14, 2011 ×

apple, apple pie, cakes and pastries, condensed milk, pastry, quick and easy

Apple Pastries

Apple Pastries

 There used to be a show on Australian TV called “Surprise Chef“. This excitable chef would accost people in supermarkets, force the camera in their face, and then go home with them and put the camera through their pantry and fridge. His aim was to make a gourmet three-course meal […]

September 14, 2011 ×

croatia, grgic, orebic, posip, travel, trstenik, wine, wine tasting

Croatia part 4 – Pining for Posip

September 9, 2011 ×