Keeping it fresh

   Kari over at “Chef and Steward” has set a Mystery Basket challenge. It doesn’t sound too hard – simply get three fresh items per day and cook with them. But what is fresh? I decided to set myself an extra challenge, and in order to benefit my family with the extra taste, vitamins, and…

So very nice to meat you…

Recently, I returned to my home town of Melbourne, Australia for a visit. While I was there, the Australian news teams discovered some brutality going on in Indonesia. Australians were being slaughtered callously, slowly, unhygienically, unprofessionally. No, I’m not talking about humans, I’m talking about livestock. A couple of reporters had gone into some Indonesian…

Biryani v Biryani

What is it? I know it’s more than just curry and rice. And it’s not pilau – that’s lighter, I think. And is it the same as Pilaf? Or isn’t it? I wikipedia-ed it, and it says it is spiced meat or vegetables and plain rice cooked separately, then brought together and layered. This differentiates…

Come dine with me.

Foodies. The word itself is cozy. It’s got a lovely long vowel sound that makes one pout, followed by one that encourages a smile. a kiss and a grin – worthy of replacing the word “cheese” during a photo shoot. So why is it that I find myself gritting my teeth when I bring this…

Venice Transplants

Imports… In Dubai, it would be nigh impossible to live without them. Even historically, this region has been a centre of trade – silk, spices, gold, food, it all comes and goes. When I do my weekly shopping, I return home with beef from Australia, prawns from Oman, apples from China, oranges from Spain, potatoes…