Archive for October, 2013

News Events and More

Dream Diary October 29

Dream Diary October 29

A little early this fortnight – considering Halloween is happening in two days, I thought it vital I give you a little time to ponder the spooktacular selections (Oh dear. I’m very sorry for that awful pun). I’m also going to keep it local this fortnight, as there’s quite a […]

October 28, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel

Penedes

Biodynamic or bull? Winemaking with magic.

The whole room is giggling. Manel Avinyo, winemaker at Clos Lentiscus, is standing in the corner with a pair of divining rods propped in empty Cava bottles. He’s showing that with the power of his mind, he can find lines of energy in the earth. He paces the room, around […]

October 27, 2013 ×

Eating up Dubai

Voi. French-Vietnamese? Or Vietnamese-French?

Voi. French-Vietnamese? Or Vietnamese-French?

The ideal dining experience is sometimes a question of fate. The recipe of situation, circumstance, object and feeling coming together with time. It’s rare to get a near-perfect meal, but I had one last Sunday night. The situation was on the Palm Jumeirah – near it’s southern tip, in Vôi restaurant. […]

October 21, 2013 ×

Culinary Travel, France

Au Fil du Temps – as time goes by.

Au Fil du Temps – as time goes by.

The centre of Pernes is discreet. It’s parcelled up in cobbles and the mottled trunks of plane trees, and not actually in the centre at all. It’s half-way up a hill, a third of the way through, twenty metres to the right, and approximately 200 years back in time. At […]

October 15, 2013 ×

Recipes

Lemon Cake

Lemon Cake

I was asked recently to step back to age six. I was to think of my favourite cake, and make it for the BBC Good Food ME team – they wanted to know what an Australian food blogger thought they should take from my food-clogged mind, and put in their […]

October 6, 2013 ×

News Events and More

Dream Diary October 3

Dream Diary October 3

A couple of decent things worth knowing: Local Eid al Adha When: October 14thish for a few days – but doesn’t matter because we’re all taking the week off! At home: Arafat day followed by two days of Eid Holiday is marked in Dubai by what else but 24-hour shopping. […]

October 3, 2013 ×

Wine O'Clock

Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio 2011

Fuzion Alta Torrontes Pinot Grigio 2011

Made by Argentinian powerhouse, Zuccardi, this is a crisp cheapie barbeque wine that is probably responsible for introducing northern hemisphere westerners to Torrontes, which is wrapped up in a neat little marketable package that includes the flavour of the moment, Pinot Grigio. For that we can be thankful, I suppose. […]

October 2, 2013 ×

gluten free, Recipes

Sweet Potato Muffins

Sweet Potato Muffins

I haven’t made any gluten free dishes for ages, and my husband is stomping around the house grumpy and with a swollen belly. Time for a little appeasement methinks. Not only that, I have been told by my own doctor that the fatigue and headaches I experience may possibly also […]

October 1, 2013 ×