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Been a while…

imageThe MBA has been so busy, but well worth it. I’m still cooking but not so much inventing And lack of time means I’ve ignored the blog. Wanted to share a picture of a yummy lunch that I made yesterday. Which combined my favourite ingredients of: grilled prawns, pasta, butter (only a little) and spices.

P.s. I’m writing this because according to gmail an old friend started following my basically defunct blog and wanted to ensure she had something new to read! :-p

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Quick update on my Christmas menu

Well… first things first… I tend to overcook. The Christmas menu I had outlined earlier (and I will get to the recipes) even when portioned down was still A LOT of food. So this is how we managed to eat it all:

Thursday: 

– Smoked salmon (8 pieces – all gobbled down)

– Scallop, chorizo, and halloumi skewers (6 pieces – all gobbled down)

– Chocolate and alcohol = no room for my chipolatas.

But the good thing is sausages keep and are also very very good as cold sausage sandwiches, which means:

Friday

– Honey, chilli, and soy marinated chipolata sandwiches with crusty French bread and mustard. YUM

– Cheeses for lunch

– Friday night: 12 am Christmas Eve chocolate chip pancakes (1 small one)

Saturday lunch

– Roasted mushroom pasta

p.s. also note: I was too busy having fun and eating to take photos  – I did remember towards the end and snapped 1 photo of an almost decimated plate of starters but… eh…. that’s the point of food – to be eaten! 🙂


Thursday CANNOT come soon enough (i.e. drooooling over my cheese board)

At work… and there is a lot of it. In order to stop bouncing on my chair and googling ideal wine pairings for my cheese, I thought I’d share my cheeses for Thursday night’s cheese board. Figure I’d try and get it out of my system (so that I can go back to work).

First of all… I heart the cheese room at Jones the Grocer. I also heart the one at Galleries Lafayette BUT the Jones the Grocer one is bigger and their staff (at least the ones I’ve met) are very knowledgeable.

Yesterday after the gym – first time in weeks… because well all the christmas eating and drinking is definitely taking it’s toll 😦 – I headed to Jones at night. Good call, because parking was easy and I had the cheese lady all to myself!

Ended up coming away with:

– Stilton

– Truffled Brie de Meaux (can I just say that as she cut my piece and I could see all the ooooozzzzyyy goodness, it took A LOT of willpower not to eat it right then and there. This cheese will taunt me in my fridge until Thursday)

– Cantal (a very young one)

– Ossau-Iraty

Gah… I cannot wait to eat these.

Also, took A LOT of willpower not to buy out the room.

Fact: If I was rich, I’d be the size of a house. Then again…if I was rich, I wouldn’t have to work and I could spend 2 hours a day in the gym.. and eat… hmmmm…. anyways. :-p

Bring on the Christmas celebrations!! x


Christmas menu for two!

So, this year a lot of my friends are travelling for Christmas. I’d LOVE to be in London for Christmas, but as this is my last Christmas (and my last couple of months) in Dubai, I didn’t want to travel. As a result of a lot of friends being out of the country, myself and M, decided to spend Christmas together – drinking champagne and watching cheesy Christmas movies.

However, just because alcohol and movies are the first priority, doesn’t mean the food isn’t important too!

Cooking Christmas food for two people is tough, because typically everything for Christmas is meant to be consumed by many many people. But I’ve managed to come up with an a-typical but with touches of tradition menu for 2. To be consumed over a 24 hour period. Note: X-mas is actually Sunday and I’ll be working. M is working Saturday(!) so the celebrations start Thursday evening and end Friday afternoon.

Thursday night (appetizers):

– Scallop, chorizo, and halloumi skewers

– Honey and mustard roasted chipolatas

– Smoked salmon blinis (or melba toast) with creme fraiche.

– Cheese tray + crackers and tomato chutney

– Champagne

– Candy cane cocktails

Friday morning (breakfast): 

– Chocolate chip pancakes

– Strawberries

Friday afternoon (lunch)

– Garlic butter roasted mushrooms with Linguine

I’ll do posts for the recipes after X-mas, but in the mean time if anyone wants ideas. This is my plan for Xmas for 2!


Happy Blogaversary?! 1 year old today :-)

1 year ago today (November 17, 2010) I started this blog. The reasons I started blogging about my food were many, but here are the main reasons:

1. I LOVE food and I LOVE cooking

2. I had just ended a long on-off relationship and wanted to keep myself occupied

3. My friend who was meant to help keep me occupied that night (girl’s night out) bailed on me last minute

4. I wanted to!

So there I was on Thursday (our Friday) night with nothing to do and wanting to keep myself busy. The usual options were: call another friend and meet up, have a glass of wine and watch some telly, or read a book. None of these options appealed that night and I found myself with itchy fingers. No, not to text, call, or email him, but to return to a more lasting love… FOOD. :-p

The “immortal” words of my friends M + E came back to me (I know, I know I am NOT funny… but I do amuse myself) who said at a dinner party the week before that I should blog my recipes.

Now before this starts sounding like my blog was a last minute whim of the broken-hearted and friendless (of which I was neither and thankfully am still not), I had always thought about blogging but just had no clue where to start. Also the thought that I’d be terrible and no one would care crossed my mind a couple (hundred) times.

However, that night with M + E’s words ringing in my ears, I thought f**k it, it’ll be fun! It also seemed like a great way for me to document my recipes in an easily accessible format (as I have TERRIBLE handwriting!). My first post was posted in the EARLY morning Friday!

So I took off the party dress, kicked off the heels, poured myself a glass of wine and went to work. Till that date, I had never read a food blog, barely knew what WordPress was, and was a total blogging newbie. I had absolutely no clue (this state still exists), and if you read other people’s far superior blogs you’ll see the truth in those words. But the point is: it was easy. So easy and so much fun. That night I got to create a blog name, “design” my site, and start writing. I haven’t really stopped either.

Blogging about my food has caused me to think up new recipes and be more varied in what I eat (because I can’t blog about the same thing… or can I? Cheese toast, 100 different ways???). It’s also taught me so much about the on and offline world of food love, and shown me just how much passion there is out there. Just how amazing and dedicated people can be to food. I freely admit, I’m still such an amateur and before I started blogging, I didn’t realize quite how much there is to learn and discover. Being young(ish) this excites me… because I can see so many adventures ahead. Blogging has also introduced me to a whole variety of people on and offline that I otherwise would never have met and I just think how cool it is that something as small as a comment made at a dinner party and an unreliable friend! (lol) can be the start of a whole new set of experiences.

I genuinely love that I get to write down and share my recipes and that people read and engage with me over the stuff I write. Thanks so much to everyone who has visited the site and those who comment as well – I really appreciate it!

x


Vacation time!!!

As of 4 minutes ago I am officially on holiday! 🙂

So excited to be hitting London and Barcelona. Double bonus because they are foodie meccas and I can’t wait to go back to Burrough Market (one of my favourite places in London) and go to (for the first time) La Boqueria. I also can’t wait to eat seafood in Barceloneta and have tapas (pretty much anywhere!).

Needless to say I won’t be cooking and blogging, but I will be eating! Let’s hope I come across some memorable meals.

If anyone has any recommendations for Barcelona…. please do let me know!

Thanks. X


More food musings (because apparently I have no time to cook?!)

Well, it was a super busy weekend… I basically was not home for a single meal (other than breakfast) and so no time for me to make anything. Which is a shame because I really want to try the basil gnudi recipe. Soon.

In the mean time, a few thoughts on what I did eat:

Friday:

Lunch:

Roasted fennel and blood orange salad, pasta with cajun prawns and a butter sauce (i.e. just a load of butter, corn, and lime juice), and apple pie: all delish and not cooked by me but friends… perfect! hee.

Dinner:

Went to Caramel (at the DIFC) with friends. Caramel is definitely a favourite in Dubai, its such a great place to catch up with friends over a few drinks and food. I LOVE their petite plates. My favourites have to be: TNT Shrimp, Lobster and Mango Tacos, and the Mac n Cheese. (Although their Black Cod is also a really nice option – healthy and yummy). Plus my favourite thing about Caramel: their Margaritas which are hands down the best I’ve tasted in Dubai so far. Not the best I’ve ever tasted, that honour goes to Naughty Nuri’s in Bali and my Sister’s / Dad’s (theirs are pretty good too), but really good anyways…. very happily sat there from 7:30 till 9:30 drinking my margaritas, eating my food and chatting with my friends. We then moved on to Zuma (another food and drink favourite).

Saturday

Lunch:

Ping Pong: another favorite. Usually I hit up Ping Pong after a leisurely morning spent purchasing and browsing books at Kinokuniya. I then take said books and eat dim sum and drink tea while reading one of my new purchases. This time I went with the same friends from the night before at Caramel (D and M) and had a dim sum feast… yum!

Dinner:

FINALLY tried Shake Shack and boy was it good. I’ve been meaning to try this place ever since I read a few reviews on my fellow blogger’s sites but till now never really found my way over to MOE. The wait is now over and honestly… I will be heading over there soon again. The burger was divine, the cheese fries I wouldn’t have again, but the burger… soooooo soft. The bun was like baby butt cheek soft (though I do promise I have never tasted a baby butt cheek). As I ate into the burger I was aware there was bread and yet my mouth barely registered it as it all melted away leaving the whole eperience feeling so light. The burger too was great, tasty, juicy, and it also melted away. Like you know you had a bite of a burger and that it was a good burger, and yet it was gone so quickly (again due to lightness and non-chewiness of it all) which I know sounds bad, but it was great. Also, their veggies are nice and fresh (crisp) – which is important. Plus, their burgers are on the smaller size, which for me, was perfect. Its a little expensive, but still mid-priced, and thus move over GBK… I’ve found a new favourite burger joint in Dubai.

Another thing I really liked about Shake Shack: they have mustard and chili sauce available in their condiments section. Such a small thing, but a really nice touch.