Archive for September, 2012

France

Chateau d’Estoublon – Summer Dining Nirvana

Chateau d’Estoublon – Summer Dining Nirvana

The cicadas chant their summer song fortissimo, drowning the petty murmurs of urbane diners. French preschoolers clash wooden swords and shields between the roses. Mine bury their gazes in iThings, oblivious to the beauty of a thirty degree day, en vacances, en France. A plate of gently baked tomatoes sits […]

September 25, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Kiddies Corn Fritters

Kiddies Corn Fritters

These have always a staple in our family. I think they started off as a breakfast item, but now they are one of the most frequently requested dinner veggies, and I always save some for the lunchbox the next day. Considering we have switched to being gluten and dairy free, […]

September 24, 2012 ×

dairy free, gluten free

Pomegranate and Quinoa salad

Pomegranate and Quinoa salad

I’ve just discovered that you can cook quinoa in a rice cooker. This means no more sticky-together or crunchy bits, no more burned quinoa stuck to the bottom of the pan, and no more constant checking. Just plop in 2 cups of quinoa to 4 cups of water, turn it […]

September 23, 2012 ×

best restaurants in Dubai, blue flame, Deira, Dubai, Dubai restaurants, hotels, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

Blue Flame – hot, pure, fast, and full of treasure.

Blue Flame – hot, pure, fast, and full of treasure.

It’s the kind of flame that comes from a gas cooker – shaped like a lotus, perfectly rigid until a pot is slid across it, then it too opens like a flower, and spreads, stretching always up – trying to find the highest point. It’s contained in a blowtorch – […]

September 19, 2012 ×

gluten free, Recipes

Tiger Fish

Tiger Fish

Well, it’s not actually tiger-fish. That’s just for the benefit of Goldilocks, my picky 5 year old. He hates just about everything, except the things I can’t feed him, namely gluten and dairy. Oh, and sugar of course. He LOVES sugar. With Goldilocks, it’s all in the eye though. If […]

September 16, 2012 ×

Recipes

Beef Daube Provencal

Beef Daube Provencal

I love stews, particularly French ones. Unfortunately however, I can’t get my kids to adore Boeuf Bourguignon the way I do. It’s not just the mushrooms they can’t stand, but the overall richness. In a recent trip to Provence however, I discovered the lighter, mushroom-free alternative. It’s only been around […]

September 13, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai

Sinking ships and floating cities – Titanic by Marco Pierre White, Dubai

Sinking ships and floating cities – Titanic by Marco Pierre White, Dubai

I’m not entirely sure what Marco Pierre White was aiming at when he named his new Dubai restaurant “Titanic”. Press suggests that it is designed to be a kindred spirit of the original London Titanic restaurant, which went down when the Regent Palace Hotel entered its facelift period. He named […]

September 9, 2012 ×

Culinary Travel, travelling with children

Escaping in my home town – Collingwood Childrens’ Farm

Escaping in my home town – Collingwood Childrens’ Farm

When I had my first child (Lion), I lived in Abbotsford. My little factory workers’ cottage in Paterson St was 4.5km from the smacking centre of Melbourne’s CBD. This working class nook was built on blood, sweat and crime. It’s tendency to flood before the sewer system was installed in […]

September 5, 2012 ×