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Everyday Chicken Curry

It hit me. Moved country, emptied boxes, bought furniture, planted the garden. Uniforms ready, school bags packed, shoes polished and lunchboxes made. School timetable is on the fridge, cupboards stocked. Laundry is getting easier, navigating a new city is still

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Everyday Chicken Curry

It hit me. Moved country, emptied boxes, bought furniture, planted the garden. Uniforms ready, school bags packed, shoes polished and lunchboxes made. School timetable is on the fridge, cupboards stocked. Laundry is getting easier, navigating a new city is still

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And Hello, from The U.A.E

Almost eight months in the works and it’s happened. We’ve moved, lock, stock and barrel. We left Doha, Qatar with 207 cardboard boxes stuffed into a 40 foot container. After a two week pause in Scotland, we flew back to the

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And Hello, from The U.A.E

Almost eight months in the works and it’s happened. We’ve moved, lock, stock and barrel. We left Doha, Qatar with 207 cardboard boxes stuffed into a 40 foot container. After a two week pause in Scotland, we flew back to the

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Kids & Cutlets

Young kids have absolutely no filter, they are born food critics. If it sucks, they will let you know in no uncertain terms. It’s even more potent in non-verbal format – the nose wrinkling, the suspicious sniffing, flared nostrils,  the

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Kids & Cutlets

Young kids have absolutely no filter, they are born food critics. If it sucks, they will let you know in no uncertain terms. It’s even more potent in non-verbal format – the nose wrinkling, the suspicious sniffing, flared nostrils,  the

STRAWBERRY & RHUBARB JAM

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Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam

My first summer in Aberdeen was much like a first love. I experienced what a strawberry really, really tasted like, simply couldn’t get enough and wanted it with me all the time. Three punnets were on the go at a shot,

STRAWBERRY & RHUBARB JAM

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Strawberry & Rhubarb Jam

My first summer in Aberdeen was much like a first love. I experienced what a strawberry really, really tasted like, simply couldn’t get enough and wanted it with me all the time. Three punnets were on the go at a shot,

MANGO & PASSIONFRUIT SORBET

Mango & Passionfruit Sorbet

Every April and May, I repeatedly face defeat. There are only so many Alphonso mangoes I can eat in a day without breaking into spots or worse. I don’t buy these in wimpy wee bags either, I carry home a

MANGO & PASSIONFRUIT SORBET

Mango & Passionfruit Sorbet

Every April and May, I repeatedly face defeat. There are only so many Alphonso mangoes I can eat in a day without breaking into spots or worse. I don’t buy these in wimpy wee bags either, I carry home a

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Lemongrass, Lime Leaf and Ginger Cordial

Deep in a Keralan city, perched atop a hill, sat the Catholic, Nun-run, girls-only college. Winding hairpin bends and rutty roads led good girls to thick, high, iron gates, promptly closed as soon as the first bell rang. No soul could

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Lemongrass, Lime Leaf and Ginger Cordial

Deep in a Keralan city, perched atop a hill, sat the Catholic, Nun-run, girls-only college. Winding hairpin bends and rutty roads led good girls to thick, high, iron gates, promptly closed as soon as the first bell rang. No soul could

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Calvin, Hobbes & Peanut Butter

Calvin and Hobbes ‘got’ me. I got them. I felt the unfairness of the world same as them, the rebellion against conformity, the over-the-top reactions, always pushing just that bit too far and the love of that one special friend who saw

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Calvin, Hobbes & Peanut Butter

Calvin and Hobbes ‘got’ me. I got them. I felt the unfairness of the world same as them, the rebellion against conformity, the over-the-top reactions, always pushing just that bit too far and the love of that one special friend who saw

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Every Grain of Rice

Let’s be honest here. We cook to please not just to provide. Personally, that means foregoing something I fancy in favour of something that’s universally appealing. Like a spag bol for the family’s British taste instead of a soul-warming biryani

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Every Grain of Rice

Let’s be honest here. We cook to please not just to provide. Personally, that means foregoing something I fancy in favour of something that’s universally appealing. Like a spag bol for the family’s British taste instead of a soul-warming biryani

MALABAR CHICKEN BIRYANI

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Malabar Chicken Biryani

If there is one, significant, food word that could define happy moments for me, it would be biryani. Beautiful, bountiful Biryani. Even the sound of the word is pleasing. A huge, catering sized platter took  pride of place on a

MALABAR CHICKEN BIRYANI

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Malabar Chicken Biryani

If there is one, significant, food word that could define happy moments for me, it would be biryani. Beautiful, bountiful Biryani. Even the sound of the word is pleasing. A huge, catering sized platter took  pride of place on a

Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Soup

And it’s 2014!!  December whizzed by in a flash of ripped wrapping paper, sparkly lights and clinking glasses. I selfishly surrendered control of my kitchen to my houseguest and she pulled out all the stops, dishing out one cracking meal

Chestnut Soup

Chestnut Soup

And it’s 2014!!  December whizzed by in a flash of ripped wrapping paper, sparkly lights and clinking glasses. I selfishly surrendered control of my kitchen to my houseguest and she pulled out all the stops, dishing out one cracking meal

SPICE COOKIES
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Spice Cookies

It’s always a pleasure to discover a new favourite. I have a repertoire of bakes I make every year around this time – Sticky Gingerbread, Gingerbread Biscuits, Gingerbread Men, Date & Ginger Cake, Christmas Cake and Peanut Butter Cups. This year

SPICE COOKIES
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Spice Cookies

It’s always a pleasure to discover a new favourite. I have a repertoire of bakes I make every year around this time – Sticky Gingerbread, Gingerbread Biscuits, Gingerbread Men, Date & Ginger Cake, Christmas Cake and Peanut Butter Cups. This year

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Carb fest for the Needy

We were under siege. While Lil Lassie and The Scotsman went prancing about their daily lives and taking their good health for granted, Lil Loon and I were in a state of misery. And as misery loves company, we huddled

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Carb fest for the Needy

We were under siege. While Lil Lassie and The Scotsman went prancing about their daily lives and taking their good health for granted, Lil Loon and I were in a state of misery. And as misery loves company, we huddled

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Spain, Valencia Market, Final Part

In this post, the last of the Spanish saga; I feel I’ve saved the best for last. The food market of Valencia, Mercado Central is, without question spectacular, housed in an impressive, almost church-design like building with iron, glass and ceramic

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Spain, Valencia Market, Final Part

In this post, the last of the Spanish saga; I feel I’ve saved the best for last. The food market of Valencia, Mercado Central is, without question spectacular, housed in an impressive, almost church-design like building with iron, glass and ceramic

PEAR, CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT STRUDEL
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Pear, Chocolate & Hazelnut Strudel

My mum is a sucker for apple strudel. Just mention those hallowed words and watch the mist come over her. She’s no fool with them either, dismissing several local offerings with authority. Having never put a toe anywhere in Germany

PEAR, CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT STRUDEL
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Pear, Chocolate & Hazelnut Strudel

My mum is a sucker for apple strudel. Just mention those hallowed words and watch the mist come over her. She’s no fool with them either, dismissing several local offerings with authority. Having never put a toe anywhere in Germany

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Denia, Spain, Part Three

The coastal drive to Denia has enough U bends round the hills to command a driver’s attention and plenty of natural eye-candy landscape around to ease the worry of the passenger. Craggy hills on one side and the sea on

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Denia, Spain, Part Three

The coastal drive to Denia has enough U bends round the hills to command a driver’s attention and plenty of natural eye-candy landscape around to ease the worry of the passenger. Craggy hills on one side and the sea on

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Moraira Market, Spain Part Two

Every Friday, the huge Moraira car park is transformed into a bustling, stall lined market, heaving with tourists and locals alike. The usual stalls selling ‘designer’ bags, cheap bikinis and such tat are aplenty. As are the tourists lugging huge

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Moraira Market, Spain Part Two

Every Friday, the huge Moraira car park is transformed into a bustling, stall lined market, heaving with tourists and locals alike. The usual stalls selling ‘designer’ bags, cheap bikinis and such tat are aplenty. As are the tourists lugging huge