Christmas

Christmas, Recipes

Christmas Sorted

Christmas Sorted

I started to write a book nearly 2 years ago. It was stolen halfway through, and so the content already complete went to the great hard-drive in the sky.  The other half went to the place that all pipe dreams go – somewhere I can see it when I squint, […]

December 24, 2013 ×

Christmas, Uncategorized, Wine O'Clock

Food and Wine Matching for the Festivities

Food and Wine Matching for the Festivities

It’s a time of year when people will spend more on wine than any other. There’s the Champagne for celebration of course – it’s an occasion where people who rarely buy Champagne will forgo the new-world sparklings and shell out the big bucks. People bring out treasured cellared items, wine-eggs […]

December 23, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes, Uncategorized

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Pain d’Epices

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Pain d’Epices

I’m still working towards a love of Christmas cake. To me, it’s just a pile of boozy dried fruit – something to make you regular and drunk at the same time. Just like medicine. It’s a bit unfortunate really, because it’s actually a great recipe to make gluten-free. All that […]

December 16, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Turkey Breast with cranberries and brie

Turkey Breast with cranberries and brie

The benefit of cooking just the breast is that this doesn’t take hours and hours in the oven. This is also a fabulous dish served cold, so if you know it’s going to be a scorcher on the 25th, you can prepare it the night before. That makes this a […]

December 13, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Brussels sprouts with roasted garlic and bacon

Brussels sprouts with roasted garlic and bacon

Traditionally, Brussels sprouts come with chestnuts at this time of year, and I’m a great fan. However, if you really want to get them eaten, the secret ingredient is bacon. And salt. And lots and lots of butter. This recipe is featured in “Christmas Sorted” an e-magazine created by me […]

December 7, 2013 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Omani Lobster with za’atar and garlic

Omani Lobster with za’atar and garlic

Omani Lobster is presently a little overfished, but just once in a while, it’s a super way to turn things up for a celebration. This is a claw-less variety, and so is easy to prepare and eat. Simply use the tails, and if you want to keep waste to a […]

December 10, 2012 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Roasted Vegetable Salad

Roasted Vegetable Salad

This is such a vibrant salad. Considering it is so hot here, even over Christmas, not everyone wants a bowl of hot roasted vegetables. It’s easy to prepare before-hand and features plenty of local and seasonal ingredients. It’s wonderful with turkey, but also makes a great accompaniment to grilled seafood. […]

December 10, 2012 ×

Christmas, Eating up Dubai

Bah Humbug

Bah Humbug

I hate this time of year. I’m perpetually hung over. At the snippets of time when I’m not, I’m drinking someone’s hideous party wine and eating god-awful canapes. My diet consists entirely of smoked salmon blinis, cold garlic prawns, hummus and mince pies. Ugh. Who on earth invented mince pies? […]

December 10, 2012 ×

Christmas, Recipes

Gingerbread lamp with stained glass

Gingerbread lamp with stained glass

I’ve been inspired by the region – hard not to be really. Last year, we made a gingerbread house, and it turned out quite nicely. But the snow on the roof and the Hansel and Gretel theme doesn’t really gel in this part of the world. So, here is a […]

December 10, 2012 ×