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CLASSIC DOUGHNUTS
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I dream of doughnuts

Gina was every little girl’s dream aunt. Fun, girly and pretty, she had an incredible capacity to accept children as they were, even if they were utter spawns of the devil as I was. She was that grown-up – the

CLASSIC DOUGHNUTS
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I dream of doughnuts

Gina was every little girl’s dream aunt. Fun, girly and pretty, she had an incredible capacity to accept children as they were, even if they were utter spawns of the devil as I was. She was that grown-up – the

Lime & Coconut Cake2 TPP

Meanwhile in the kitchen…

Every few months I get the urge to re-arrange my folders and icons on my beloved Mac. Pity that enthusiasm for organisation doesn’t spill over to the rest of my life. The cleanup had refreshed my memory of food that

Lime & Coconut Cake2 TPP

Meanwhile in the kitchen…

Every few months I get the urge to re-arrange my folders and icons on my beloved Mac. Pity that enthusiasm for organisation doesn’t spill over to the rest of my life. The cleanup had refreshed my memory of food that

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Keralan Stew

If ever there was an internationally recognised doyenne of Indian food, it’s Madhur Jaffery. As a teenager, I stumbled across her programmes when satellite TV finally reached Abu Dhabi air space. I remember feeling like I was caught off-guard, blind

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Keralan Stew

If ever there was an internationally recognised doyenne of Indian food, it’s Madhur Jaffery. As a teenager, I stumbled across her programmes when satellite TV finally reached Abu Dhabi air space. I remember feeling like I was caught off-guard, blind

PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM WITH HOT CHOCOLATE SAUCE http://wp.me/p1EQwF-2cx

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

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

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

RigatoniForno TPP

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

RigatoniForno TPP

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

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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Melting Moments for Tough Times

I made a huge batch of the most perfect lemon curd. The recipe it was intended for tanked spectacularly, a tragic mass of sliding fat and collapsing layers. I braved a second attempt but humidity and egg whites loathe each

The Patterned Plate Melting Moments_0064

Melting Moments for Tough Times

I made a huge batch of the most perfect lemon curd. The recipe it was intended for tanked spectacularly, a tragic mass of sliding fat and collapsing layers. I braved a second attempt but humidity and egg whites loathe each

Tamarind Cooler

Tamarind for the thirsty

Sucking on a leathery tamarind fruit  is as much  punishment as it is a pleasure. The initial sweetness, gives way to such tartness, it pinches the sides of your tongue to release more saliva just to cope. There might be

Tamarind Cooler

Tamarind for the thirsty

Sucking on a leathery tamarind fruit  is as much  punishment as it is a pleasure. The initial sweetness, gives way to such tartness, it pinches the sides of your tongue to release more saliva just to cope. There might be

LALALLAA

Cherry Pie

The best way to eat cherries? Fresh, straight out of the greengrocer’s brown bag. Preferably while sitting on a park bench, people watching. Wet wipes would be handy, but the stains are a small price to pay for such a

LALALLAA

Cherry Pie

The best way to eat cherries? Fresh, straight out of the greengrocer’s brown bag. Preferably while sitting on a park bench, people watching. Wet wipes would be handy, but the stains are a small price to pay for such a

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

CITRUS ICED TEA
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And there was Iced Tea

To my young 13 year old teenage eyes, Chae Wan’s mother was a formidable woman. She didn’t say much, rarely smiled, and only nodded her head in recognition of my greeting as I entered her home. She would wait in

CITRUS ICED TEA
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And there was Iced Tea

To my young 13 year old teenage eyes, Chae Wan’s mother was a formidable woman. She didn’t say much, rarely smiled, and only nodded her head in recognition of my greeting as I entered her home. She would wait in

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