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,

FINNISH GINGERBREAD
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Deck the town with….

Gingerbread is like the perfect red lipstick. I am always, always on the hunt for the one. Christmas for me means gingerbread biscuits and here is one that definitely delivers. These townhouse beauties come from the book Brilliant Biscuits, written by

FINNISH GINGERBREAD
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Deck the town with….

Gingerbread is like the perfect red lipstick. I am always, always on the hunt for the one. Christmas for me means gingerbread biscuits and here is one that definitely delivers. These townhouse beauties come from the book Brilliant Biscuits, written by

DATE & GINGER FRUIT CAKE
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Been a while crocodile…

November moved slowly in some ways and heedlessly fast in others. My guest room was busy for weeks on end, housing people that are closest to me; family and a cherished friend. When my mother and brother were here, we

DATE & GINGER FRUIT CAKE
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Been a while crocodile…

November moved slowly in some ways and heedlessly fast in others. My guest room was busy for weeks on end, housing people that are closest to me; family and a cherished friend. When my mother and brother were here, we

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Herriot Grace

Forty sixth at Grace is the address of a blog I stumbled on years ago and passed the time of day with ever since. There was something compelling in the photography – it drew you in without resorting to gimmicks-

September2012Update0261

Herriot Grace

Forty sixth at Grace is the address of a blog I stumbled on years ago and passed the time of day with ever since. There was something compelling in the photography – it drew you in without resorting to gimmicks-

CHOCOLATE & PISTACHIO POUND CAKE
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Chocolate Pound Cake with Pistachio Buttercream

We agreed, ‘No Gifts’ this year. I still traipsed through the shops looking for something small to commemorate the occasion. Nine years, is nine years I thought, it has weight and merit. Could I find something that wouldn’t bust the

CHOCOLATE & PISTACHIO POUND CAKE
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Chocolate Pound Cake with Pistachio Buttercream

We agreed, ‘No Gifts’ this year. I still traipsed through the shops looking for something small to commemorate the occasion. Nine years, is nine years I thought, it has weight and merit. Could I find something that wouldn’t bust the

Pony Cake

A Pony at a Party

Here is the result of what a bit of bullying and some faith can do. Lil Lassie’s classmate invited her to her birthday party. Her Mum was and is in the midst of settling in the happy chaos that are

Pony Cake

A Pony at a Party

Here is the result of what a bit of bullying and some faith can do. Lil Lassie’s classmate invited her to her birthday party. Her Mum was and is in the midst of settling in the happy chaos that are

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A Fine Peach Tart

This is the 12th attempt at writing this post. In the time between my last post and this one, I have just about dug myself out of an avalanche of uniforms, lunch boxes, traffic nightmares, homework, tantrums and potty training.

Peach Tart 11

A Fine Peach Tart

This is the 12th attempt at writing this post. In the time between my last post and this one, I have just about dug myself out of an avalanche of uniforms, lunch boxes, traffic nightmares, homework, tantrums and potty training.

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