Archive for November, 2012

Beautiful places and spaces, Eating up Dubai

Not The Farm

Not The Farm

I have a pet hate of misnamed brands. I’ve had a go at Jones the Grocer for this. There are others that spring to mind – The Meadows – a region without meadows, Arabian Ranches with no cowboys, and now, The Farm. Where the livestock have pelts of Massimo Dutti […]

November 28, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Caldora Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2011

Caldora Trebbiano d’Abruzzo 2011

Trebbiano is one of the highest yield grape varieties you can get. So it’s always pretty cheap. Would it help if I called it Bombino Bianco? That sounds better than common cheap white, doesn’t it? And it should – this is a quite explosive little number. The equivalent in Italy […]

November 25, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Cossetti Barbera d’Asti La Vigna Vecchia

Cossetti Barbera d’Asti La Vigna Vecchia

I played wine options with my husband on this wine. He first picked it as New World (as against old), and then as Spanish (rather than French or Italian). He finally got the grape variety (I offered him a choice of Barbera, Sangiovese and Merlot). He was way off on […]

November 25, 2012 ×

gluten free, Recipes

Gluten Free, Dairy Free cupcakes – as easy as 1, 2, 3

Gluten Free, Dairy Free cupcakes – as easy as 1, 2, 3

It’s amazing where your best recipes come from. This was my son’s maths homework. His male, non-cooking teacher sent home a recipe that was to be used to practice multiplication. He sent home the ingredients for 6 cupcakes, and asked students to make him 12 or 18 at a time. […]

November 20, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai

Re-finding Flamenco

Re-finding Flamenco

The intensity is a little disturbing. It’s not often I get wrapped up in dance, but I suppose it’s more than that. She stamps her feet like a child with a tantrum, shakes her fists, slams her hands on her tiny little hips and makes the earth quake. I cower […]

November 19, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Villa Sandi Pinot Grigio 2011

Villa Sandi Pinot Grigio 2011

Well this one’s a surprise. During wine training I remember someone telling me a good Italian Pinot Grigio would taste like bananas. 15 years later, and I’ve finally tasted one. This is not your typical insipid crowd-pleaser, but a full and serious wine. It’s jammed with flavour, and yet still […]

November 18, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Torres Vina Esmarelda 2010

Torres Vina Esmarelda 2010

This is a wine that is hard not to like, at least for the first glass – exceptionally fragrant, and yet deceptively dry. But it’s also like a beautiful woman wearing a stunning perfume, just a little too much of it. The fragrance (lychee, jasmine and ripe, ripe pears) can […]

November 17, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV

Mumm Cordon Rouge NV

Mumm (pronounced on the short side of mewm, not “mum” as many say it) is on the gentle side of the spectrum. It’s just sly of dry, seeming to have a higher dosage than many of the other big names. The acid is a little lacking for moi – but […]

November 17, 2012 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Batheeth pies

Batheeth pies

It’s silly season again, that’s why. Only time for silliness, nothing else. In the midst, I have been preparing some Christmas recipes for Ahlan Gourmet. They are a twist on the original, and bring a little of the Middle East into the traditional English recipes.The first is Batheeth pies – […]

November 14, 2012 ×