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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

The Patterned Plate 44 FI

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

The Patterned Plate Spain

Spain, Part One

I surprised even myself. As much as I loved leaving the cloying, claustrophobic heat of this desert country, it was delicious to sleep in my own bed after three weeks away! I left Doha tired, a bit jaded, resenting the

The Patterned Plate Spain

Spain, Part One

I surprised even myself. As much as I loved leaving the cloying, claustrophobic heat of this desert country, it was delicious to sleep in my own bed after three weeks away! I left Doha tired, a bit jaded, resenting the

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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

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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

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

PISTACHIO, VANILLA & STRAWBERRY SEMIFREDDO
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Pistachio, Strawberry & Vanilla Semi Freddo

Consider a semi freddo to be ice cream without the tediousness of the three Cs to contemplate – Custard, Chilling and Churning.  At this time of year, baking verges on madness. With heat hitting 45 deg c at 8 am, I

PISTACHIO, VANILLA & STRAWBERRY SEMIFREDDO
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Pistachio, Strawberry & Vanilla Semi Freddo

Consider a semi freddo to be ice cream without the tediousness of the three Cs to contemplate – Custard, Chilling and Churning.  At this time of year, baking verges on madness. With heat hitting 45 deg c at 8 am, I

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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

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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

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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

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

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A Fanciful Birthday Tea Party

Take a kitchenware and crockery obsessed mother with a keen eye for detail, a beautiful birthday girl, a few willing pals (one, conveniently, a baker with a camera) and you get a pretty fabulous birthday tea party for a wee

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A Fanciful Birthday Tea Party

Take a kitchenware and crockery obsessed mother with a keen eye for detail, a beautiful birthday girl, a few willing pals (one, conveniently, a baker with a camera) and you get a pretty fabulous birthday tea party for a wee

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

CHOCOLATE KRANTZ BREAD
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Chocolate Krantz Cake

It’s no surprise that I am a fan of taking it slowly in the kitchen. Once the hideously boring, but necessary chores are done in the morning (laundry, making up bed, tidying up the breakfast stuff), I don the apron

CHOCOLATE KRANTZ BREAD
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Chocolate Krantz Cake

It’s no surprise that I am a fan of taking it slowly in the kitchen. Once the hideously boring, but necessary chores are done in the morning (laundry, making up bed, tidying up the breakfast stuff), I don the apron

DUTCH CREAM TRUFFLES
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Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice!

We are fortunate to live in an age where sugar has become such a commonplace household ingredient. For something so sweet and pleasure giving, its history is wrapped up in every human facet of ingenuity, entrepreneurship and oppression. It has

DUTCH CREAM TRUFFLES
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Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice!

We are fortunate to live in an age where sugar has become such a commonplace household ingredient. For something so sweet and pleasure giving, its history is wrapped up in every human facet of ingenuity, entrepreneurship and oppression. It has

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and ends with a party…

“This is what I want Mummy”, she declared one morning. A green paper with her wonky writing was shoved in my face. On it, was the criteria required for birthday party cake. It had to have flowers, birds, trees and

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and ends with a party…

“This is what I want Mummy”, she declared one morning. A green paper with her wonky writing was shoved in my face. On it, was the criteria required for birthday party cake. It had to have flowers, birds, trees and

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And it began with a cake…

The festive season begins and ends with my children, literally. Lil Loon celebrates his arrival into the world on the 5th of December and Lil Lassie kicks off the closing ceremony on the 8th of January. The present hunting, wrapping,

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And it began with a cake…

The festive season begins and ends with my children, literally. Lil Loon celebrates his arrival into the world on the 5th of December and Lil Lassie kicks off the closing ceremony on the 8th of January. The present hunting, wrapping,