Category Archives: Main Meals

EVERY GRAIN OF RICE BY FUSHICA DUNLOP http://wp.me/p1EQwF-29U

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

EVERY GRAIN OF RICE BY FUSHICA DUNLOP http://wp.me/p1EQwF-29U

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

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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

The Patterned Plate 77

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

The Patterned Plate 77

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

The Patterned Plate 56

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

The Patterned Plate 56

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

The Patterned Plate Party

Tis time for a party…

Good friends are the seasoning of life. They make my day, even in just the small things. Pals in Doha are routine victims of my pathological forgetfulness; they laugh at me and I join in. My best friend in Abu

The Patterned Plate Party

Tis time for a party…

Good friends are the seasoning of life. They make my day, even in just the small things. Pals in Doha are routine victims of my pathological forgetfulness; they laugh at me and I join in. My best friend in Abu

COCONUT CHUTNEY & CHICKEN SANDWICH
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Chicken & Chutney Sandwiches

“This is a chutney?”, I thought in my head. I immediately distrusted this vinegar reeking, almost black, cubed-something bottle of what?? On my first UK visit, in the tiny kitchen of The Scotsman’s flat, the man himself assured me that

COCONUT CHUTNEY & CHICKEN SANDWICH
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Chicken & Chutney Sandwiches

“This is a chutney?”, I thought in my head. I immediately distrusted this vinegar reeking, almost black, cubed-something bottle of what?? On my first UK visit, in the tiny kitchen of The Scotsman’s flat, the man himself assured me that

HARISSA SPICED LAMB CHOPS
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Heat & Harissa

Barbecue season has hit fast and furiously. Invites are thrown out without a second thought, which really is the best kind of weekend get together. The cool box is bursting its seams, its door opening as soon as someone else

HARISSA SPICED LAMB CHOPS
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Heat & Harissa

Barbecue season has hit fast and furiously. Invites are thrown out without a second thought, which really is the best kind of weekend get together. The cool box is bursting its seams, its door opening as soon as someone else

Orange Breakfast

A Citrus Morning

The blood orange season is short, even more so in Doha. By the time they finally take to the stage, the show’s over, and every blushing orange citrus is grabbed from a pitiful amount of crates. Mine were a pair

Orange Breakfast

A Citrus Morning

The blood orange season is short, even more so in Doha. By the time they finally take to the stage, the show’s over, and every blushing orange citrus is grabbed from a pitiful amount of crates. Mine were a pair

MEL'S MUTTON MASALA
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Mel’s Mutton Masala

I can’t say I am a terribly patriotic Indian. My conscience is a bit muddled on the subject as I am, now,  a British citizen. Yet, I am absolutely mortified at the fact that I am lousy at making meat

MEL'S MUTTON MASALA
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Mel’s Mutton Masala

I can’t say I am a terribly patriotic Indian. My conscience is a bit muddled on the subject as I am, now,  a British citizen. Yet, I am absolutely mortified at the fact that I am lousy at making meat

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Javea, Moraira, Spain

Hello! It’s been a while. How are you? Three weeks in Spain and back for one. All the necessary post – holiday processes like unpacking, laundry, ironing, food shopping et al, are done, and designed to bring you back with

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Javea, Moraira, Spain

Hello! It’s been a while. How are you? Three weeks in Spain and back for one. All the necessary post – holiday processes like unpacking, laundry, ironing, food shopping et al, are done, and designed to bring you back with

CAULIFLOWER & CUMIN FRITTERS
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Cauliflower & Cumin Fritters

I admit it, I covet everything about Thanh’s beautiful blog Eat, Little Bird. If you have ever visited, you will see why. Charmed is the word that comes to mind. So without further ado, I’ll let Thanh do one of

CAULIFLOWER & CUMIN FRITTERS
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Cauliflower & Cumin Fritters

I admit it, I covet everything about Thanh’s beautiful blog Eat, Little Bird. If you have ever visited, you will see why. Charmed is the word that comes to mind. So without further ado, I’ll let Thanh do one of

SHAKSHUKA
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Shakshuka in Plenty

Here as promised, is the meal I held back from the Plenty review. This recipe does anything but restraint. There are days that call for that, when you want a big ol’ flavour hit that refuses to compromise. Hearty, rough

SHAKSHUKA
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Shakshuka in Plenty

Here as promised, is the meal I held back from the Plenty review. This recipe does anything but restraint. There are days that call for that, when you want a big ol’ flavour hit that refuses to compromise. Hearty, rough

Nasi Goreng 02

A Bowlful of Rice

If you have a bowl of cold, cooked rice, you have much. In my book, there is no other food item that can present itself in as many satisfactory guises as rice does. The humble, willing workhorse of the food

Nasi Goreng 02

A Bowlful of Rice

If you have a bowl of cold, cooked rice, you have much. In my book, there is no other food item that can present itself in as many satisfactory guises as rice does. The humble, willing workhorse of the food

PLENTY BY YOTAM OTTOLENGHI http://wp.me/p1EQwF-1ij

Plenty for the taking…

I have been in love with this book for so long, it’s embarrassing to declare it so late. It’s hard to find the right words to do it justice. It has become so deeply inculcated into my kitchen, weaving it’s

PLENTY BY YOTAM OTTOLENGHI http://wp.me/p1EQwF-1ij

Plenty for the taking…

I have been in love with this book for so long, it’s embarrassing to declare it so late. It’s hard to find the right words to do it justice. It has become so deeply inculcated into my kitchen, weaving it’s