Archive for February, 2013

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides, travel

Camping, glamping and dune stamping. Desert accommodation in the UAE and beyond

Camping, glamping and dune stamping. Desert accommodation in the UAE and beyond

Weekend breaks just ain’t what they used to be. None of that popping into the hills behind town, buying organic apples at a roadside stall, wine tasting on the way, rolling fields, fragrant gums, roos doing their kamikaze leaps across the highway in front of your speeding car at dusk. […]

February 25, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Veuve Cliquot Rose NV

Veuve Cliquot Rose NV

Generous red fruit on the nose, voluptuous palate full of wild strawberries and biscuit. Lovely length. Slight sweetness (only marginal, it’s still a dry wine) and very fine bead. Explosive flavour, very good value. From “Champagne in the Brain” a fizzy rundown of ranges of Veuve Cliquot, Joseph Perrier, Laurent […]

February 25, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Danie De Wet Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2011

Danie De Wet Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2011

Well, Wine-Ed-101 will tell you that limestone and good wines go together, so I picked this up hoping it wasn’t a marketing campaign to make a hill full of stones and planted with lime trees, sell. Lucky, it’s not. And, it’s quite a lovely surprise. This wine is for those […]

February 20, 2013 ×

dairy free, gluten free, Recipes

Coleslaw with an asian twist

Coleslaw with an asian twist

Coleslaw used to be one of my favourite salads. Childhood days in my Mum’s late 1970s kitchen, when Margaret Fulton ruled (she still does occasionally), and when a “salad” was always lettuce, tomato and cucumber with french dressing. There were only two other variations – Potato salad (with bacon chips […]

February 20, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai

Choo choos, Manga and sass. Where you dirham buys more than just sushi.

Choo choos, Manga and sass. Where you dirham buys more than just sushi.

Gone are the days when Japanese food was all about raw fish. We live in an age where western kids pack home made california rolls for school lunches. Sushi is passe, even Aussie grannies know what urumaki is. You can buy edamame beans snap frozen in the freezer at Carrefour […]

February 18, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

Eating on the South Coast of Sri Lanka

Eating on the South Coast of Sri Lanka

There’s a building on the corner next to the market. It’s the same colour as the sea just past a reef in the Maldives. A fresh, colour, both cool and deliciously warm at the same time. But it’s cracked in places, slabs of render have fallen off revealing the ruddy […]

February 11, 2013 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Where’s your slice of South West Sri Lanka? Part 2

Where’s your slice of South West Sri Lanka? Part 2

Part one showed three areas of the west coast, now we’re going south, deep south. I’m going to show you three distinct areas of coast, all within three hours drive of each other, but each remarkably different. We’re going to start at the bottom this time, and work back up […]

February 5, 2013 ×

gluten free, Recipes

Mocha meringue torte with hazelnut crumble

Mocha meringue torte with hazelnut crumble

This one came to be because it was a friend’s birthday. Not just any friend, but another food blogger. Not just any food blogger, but a food blogger who has been to Paris to study Cordon Bleu cookery (Francine’s blog is here). I stupidly suggested I’d make a cake, and […]

February 3, 2013 ×