Archive for December, 2011

Christmas, Eating up Dubai, Expat Ponderings

A Desert Christmas Feast

A Desert Christmas Feast

When I lived in Melbourne, I always associated a northern hemisphere Christmas with snow. While we were enjoying our Summer holidays and getting festive over local seafood, there was this far-away ideal of a Christmas Day that was not too hot to have the oven going all day, where it […]

December 17, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Mulled Cranberries

Mulled Cranberries

I’ve never really understood the whole cranberry jelly thing. It tastes nothing like cranberries, and when it slides out of the tin, it has these rings on it that remind me of a block of dog food straight from the can. It’s so easy to make your own cranberry sauce, […]

December 15, 2011 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Rocky Road

Rocky Road

  I make Christmas presents every year. I’ve found that, personally, if I really want something, I just go and buy it. If I can’t afford it, I learn to live without it, or I buy an inferior substitute. Nobody can choose a present better for me than I can […]

December 14, 2011 ×

culture vulture, Destination Guides

Full Moon Drumming

Full Moon Drumming

That’s my drum. I’ve been looking forward to this. My moment in the desert in the dark, beating something senseless for no good reason other than for the sake of rhythm. It’s one of the only drums left – all those before the stage have been taken already, and I’m […]

December 12, 2011 ×

Recipes

Salted caramel banana bread

Salted caramel banana bread

I have a friend who likes to salt slices of green apple. Some might find this unusual, but I completely understand it. Until you have tried salted caramel in Provincial France (yes, you have to be there, not just have it shipped out), you might never understand how salt can […]

December 7, 2011 ×

Recipes

Lamingtons – the great Australian cheat

Lamingtons – the great Australian cheat

I’ve only been baking for a year or two. I used to think that making cakes is hard. I presume a conspiracy of the Australian CWA (Country Women’s Association) and other organization similar. They got into our heads that cakes had to be perfect, and perfect meant the way they […]

December 6, 2011 ×

Eating up Dubai

Table 9 – the verdict

Table 9 – the verdict

“You shud hev some Shumpagne” She tells us, in her stunning Lithuanian accent. “Is goot fair you. Ze bubbles, zey gif veetality.” Victoria has read our minds. She is the new front of house manager for Table 9, flown in from London only a month ago, and yet relaxed as […]

December 5, 2011 ×