Archive for February, 2012

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Guilt Free Hot Chocolate

Guilt Free Hot Chocolate

When I told my eight year old son that chocolate is a bean, he refused to believe me. I got to show him the proof only this week, when I found roasted raw cocoa beans at our local organic store. It’s the first time I’ve used them this way, so […]

February 29, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides

Venice – seeing the gondola half empty

Venice – seeing the gondola half empty

Sometimes, when I’m in Venice, I hate it. Then I get home, and I wonder why on earth I wanted to go at all. It’s expensive. The food is less than average. In summer it smells, winter it floods. It is a tourist trap of the highest proportions. Nobody really […]

February 28, 2012 ×

Recipes

Seven Hour Lamb

Seven Hour Lamb

I first tried a similar recipe to this from Stephanie Alexander’s book: Cooking and Travelling in South West France. For those reading who are not Australian, she is as close to we get as a mother and mentor to all food lovers. She doesn’t only cook – she also used […]

February 23, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

Dubai Brunch and the mirror of Dorian Gray

Dubai Brunch and the mirror of Dorian Gray

There are opposing mirrors reflecting the scene to eternity, volumizing the intensity of the room. The surroundings are lavish to say the least, each surface shiny and refracting light, or dense and lush, absorbing it. Each place is set with four sets of cutlery, three glasses, candles, napkins in perfect […]

February 22, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Low Sugar Mango Tea Cake

Low Sugar Mango Tea Cake

I had some gorgeous Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla in my pantry. For some reason, I’d been saving it for something special, using vanilla sugar or standard vanilla essence in my cooking. Now I’m avoiding using excess sugar, I find myself stretching into my pantry and grasping for flavours that will disguise […]

February 17, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Eating up Dubai

Sweets in the Emirates – what and where to buy in Dubai

Sweets in the Emirates – what and where to buy in Dubai

I miss sugar. I’ve left it like an alcoholic leaves a drink. Precariously, I walk this sugar-free tightrope between poisoned pleasure and healthy pain, and every so often I fall. Arabia is obsessed with sugar. I see it every day in a multitude of disguises – each one more entrancing […]

February 14, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Corn bread without the corn meal

Corn bread without the corn meal

OK – so if you’ve read previous posts, I’m ditching wheat. I’ve said goodbye to dairy. I’m getting as much sugar as possible out of our diets. I’m also using unprocessed and non-preserved items wherever I can, to avoid a whole heap of toxic nasties. Also, when refining into meal, […]

February 12, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Teff cookies – gluten and dairy free

Teff cookies – gluten and dairy free

After a week of easing my family onto the GFCF diet, I am starting to take things a little more seriously. I have decided that the importance of reducing sugar is in fact outweighed by gluten, casein and toxic nasties, so I have spent plenty of time down at the […]

February 8, 2012 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, culture vulture, Expat Ponderings

Arabesque – How Islam affects an Expat

Arabesque – How Islam affects an Expat

I posted towards the end of last year regarding what expats might miss or not miss when they move to the UAE. There’s another post I need to do – what I would miss about the UAE were I to move back. One of the things I will miss most, […]

February 7, 2012 ×