Archive for April, 2013

Eating up Dubai

Fateer, Feteer, Fetir – by any other name, it’s still quite orgasmic.

Fateer, Feteer, Fetir – by any other name, it’s still quite orgasmic.

Can somebody tell me why I never tried this in Egypt? Why I had to be introduced to this Egyptian staple by an Indian girl living in Dubai? Granted, she’s no ordinary Indian girl living in Dubai – she’s Arva Ahmed, of Frying Pan Tours, but still. This should be […]

April 28, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Martin Codax Albarino 2011

Martin Codax Albarino 2011

Warm straw coloured. Wow – smashing banana lollies on the nose, giving way to pineapple and herbs, very aromatic. Palate has citrus and apricot and some ever so-subtle lean grassiness. Finish is lemon pie and minerals. Slightly oily on the palate, in a good way – makes it very gluggable. […]

April 27, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV (Yellow Label)

Veuve Cliquot Brut NV (Yellow Label)

Plenty of mousse and a warm but pale gold colour. Current bottling seems a little lighter in character than some years. It can be a very broad and yeasty Champagne, but is very nicely balanced at present. Nutty, brioche, red apple.  Not overly dry, and a good introduction to Champagne. […]

April 25, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai, Wine O'Clock

Champagne on the brain.

Champagne on the brain.

“It’s HOW MUCH?” asked my reasonably affluent but slightly grumpy husband. 950 Dihams. That’s about $300, for dinner. Each. Champagne is not cheap, despite it’s ability to turn all ladies into cheap harlots when they have enough of it. I suppose that’s why he finally caved, rather than my reasoning […]

April 24, 2013 ×

Recipes

Good-for-you Creamy Curry

Good-for-you Creamy Curry

You know those gorgeous Indian curries from up north – the ones you’re not supposed to eat because they are full of all the bad stuff – cream, butter, ghee, ground nuts and coconut cream – dishes like Butter Chicken and that super creamy Korma. By God, they’re good. But […]

April 17, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Zenato Santa Cristina Vigneto Massoni Lugana 2011

Zenato Santa Cristina Vigneto Massoni Lugana 2011

It’s Trebbiano, Jim, but not as we know it. There are some who would say it’s not Trebbiano at all, but something else, closer to Vermentino, but not quite that either. Lugana is a tiny region that runs along the shore of Lake Garda in Veneto, and there are a […]

April 16, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Jacobs Creek Reserve Riesling 2007

Jacobs Creek Reserve Riesling 2007

Well, this was a find. Usually I would veer away from any white older than 3-4 years for sale in the UAE (except perhaps a super dooper white that is in the temperature controlled cabinet), due to the storage issues – I’ve had more than a couple of cooked whites […]

April 15, 2013 ×

Recipes

Raspberry and Rose Layer Cake

Raspberry and Rose Layer Cake

This cake is not nearly as bad as it looks. It’s very low in sugar, and despite all that cream, there is no other fat in the layers (thereby knocking out all the butter in a standard cake) – and you could always use a light cream. It can be […]

April 15, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

The Barossa – The Australian home of Shiraz and much more

The Barossa – The Australian home of Shiraz and much more

The Barossa Valley was never my home – not at all… really. But it’s funny – there is a feeling of homesickness being abated whenever I return. It’s hard to figure out why – I’m from Melbourne – the city, in another state, and I’ve never lived in Adelaide, let […]

April 13, 2013 ×