Archive for April, 2012

Recipes

Chicken and camel milk tagine

Chicken and camel milk tagine

I have a new tagine. It’s a fancy one – Staub. It cost way too much, but it’s the first tagine I’ve had that does the full job – it works on the stovetop, and in the oven. Until now, I’ve used a 45 year old enamel pot that came […]

April 27, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Sugar Free Garam Masala Muffins

Sugar Free Garam Masala Muffins

I was invited to go and have a chat with some lovely people on Dubai Eye Radio today (about food blogs), and realised with an hour before leaving time that I probably shouldn’t turn up empty handed. So, I grabbed a ramshackle bunch of ingredients out of the cupboard and […]

April 25, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Recipes

Lamb Mansaf

Lamb Mansaf

I’ve just returned from Jordan, inspired. Some people think all Arabic food is the same, and living in Dubai, I can tell you I’ve had tabouleh and hummus up to here (imagine me gesturing at my larynx).However, I’ve recently been delving into the different cuisines of the area, and have […]

April 23, 2012 ×

Destination Guides

Petra – Ancient and pretty darn awesome

Petra – Ancient and pretty darn awesome

The walk is long, there’s no denying.The path is texturally treacherous rather than difficult. I find my feet slipping over ancient cobble slabs, polished with the feet and rain of hundreds of years. The soles of my shoes trap wicked prickly pebbles and my toes are covered in dust, powdered […]

April 22, 2012 ×

culture vulture, Destination Guides

Night Treasure at Petra

Night Treasure at Petra

I’m in a womb, with three hundred siblings. It’s dim, warm, quiet. All I can hear is the rebab, as its melancholy wail reverberates off the walls surrounding us, and the occasional murmur of one of my twins. I can see just the golden pinpoints on the cool sandy floor, […]

April 16, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Honey Bundt

Honey Bundt

My kids have colds again.  My granny knew the cure for the common cold a long, long time ago. So did her granny, and her granny’s granny. Honey, citrus, and love. Now we have scientific proof – honey not only soothes a sore throat, it also aids in controlling bacteria […]

April 5, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, Destination Guides

Orvieto – a castle on the clouds

Orvieto – a castle on the clouds

I’d seen Orvieto in my dreams before. Floating, a castle village resting on stormclouds. Close up it was a town of gallant knights and minstrels, pomp and power, madness and frivolity, a big bite of full-flavoured life. In reality, the clouds are stone, but it rests on its pedestal no […]

April 2, 2012 ×