salads

cucumber, fattoush, middle-eastern flavours, mint, radish, salads, thyme, tomato

Fattoush – the salad for non-salad lovers

Fattoush – the salad for non-salad lovers

I hate salads that taste like a pile of grass. I’m more of a caesar salad person – sure, I like some leaves, but I prefer them crunchy, and then I want a whole heap of non-salad items in there, like bacon, eggs, bread and cheese. Or maybe a complete […]

April 18, 2011 ×

carrot, mint, radish, salads

Remembering French Provincial Markets

Remembering French Provincial Markets

For the last three years, we have escaped the Dubai heat and travelled to southern France. Languedoc, Dordogne, Cote d’Azur, Var, Vaucluse – we’ve seen them all. And there’s one thing that binds them – something I can’t seem to get anywhere else in the world…. Radishes. Not just any […]

April 11, 2011 ×

mayonnaise, mustard, potato, salads, sauces

Mayonnaise – Jar or home-made?

Mayonnaise – Jar or home-made?

I’ve tried to make mayonnaise several times in my life. Sometimes it works, and less times it doesn’t. There’s really no excuse for not making it, of course, because even when it doesn’t work, the ways to fix it are easy (I love the way this lovely lady makes her […]

April 7, 2011 ×

avocado, cabbage (purple), chicken, Chicken and herb salad, chives, lemon, lettuce, mayonnaise, mint, mustard, salads, yoghurt

Chicken and Herb Salad

Chicken and Herb Salad

The problem with living life as a hedonista is that you tend to get fat – all of that overindulgence eventually catches up with you. I have a friend who refuses to let that get him down – he laughs and pops another cholesterol pill with his saucisson, and says […]

March 15, 2011 ×

avocado, chilli, coriander, cucumber, lemon, lettuce, mint, salads, sauces, spicy green salad, yoghurt

Green means hot

Green means hot

I am a very fortunate lady. Not only have I got a husband who very cleverly got us an expat stint in the centre of the world, but I also have Mary in our household. The title of “housemaid” does not fully describe her position or influence. Some days she […]

January 20, 2011 ×

cabbage (purple), capsicum (red), carrot, Chana Dhal, garlic, ginger, onion, salads, snow-peas, stir-fries

Rainbow Stir-fried Vegetables

Rainbow Stir-fried Vegetables

Stir-fries didn’t exist when I was a child in Australia. My vegetables were served up in steamed to the devil gray mounds in unidentifiable varieties – probably a good thing, because quite often they contained broad beans, cabbage and brussel sprouts. I remember rejoicing when my Mother took a six […]

January 18, 2011 ×