My 5 year old daughter is wearing her finest outfit, a long dress made with semi-sheer chiffon, elegantly draped over the spring-green silk lining. The stunning green floral print is perfectly contrasted with a crimson pleated waistband tied at the back. I get a glimpse of her shyly making new friends with the local children, mixing in the odd English word with the dominantly Arabic conversation. I scan the place looking for my eldest children, but they are not to be seen.
“Where are the others?”, I ask anxiously still looking out trying to see what’s going on. Continue reading →
Spicy Date Bread – CakeCall it date bread.. or cake.. or loaf.. it’s a spongy, moist and decadent mixture of total bliss crammed into a piece of heavenly bite. It’s a mild indulgent delicacy, leaving you with enough satisfaction, yet not overbearingly sweet. Continue reading →
Curry – a word so commonly misused; thought off as the greasy thick paste so heavy on the stomach, that heartburn becomes only inevitable. Well.. not so the case if they are home-made from scratch with fresh ingredients and only using a fraction of the oil usually used for its’ preparation. This recipe is no different, and in fact is very fresh, light and summery. I wish I could claim the recipe to be my entire creation, however, it is a skill best left to the masters of spice, and me, only to learn and follow instructions. The dish reminded me of my university days, the days when I began experimenting the wonderful and exciting world of culinary creations. Being a student and obviously slightly broke, I used to browse second-hand book shops for something enticing, often leaving the shop empty-handed. Continue reading →
Although I do love a long list of ingredients and spices in certain recipes, there are days when only simple stuff will do, and by that I mean downright humble simple. A slice of cold watermelon, bunch of strawberries, plain soup, buffalo mozzarella, plain salad leaves and a simple bowl of rice and yoghurt are but a few examples. There is something totally comforting in simple food, and if you’re fasting and wanting to give your digestive system a rest, then maybe that’s just what you should do.. uncomplicated. Continue reading →
Whenever we are driving along small A/B roads in the UK, going past the green hills and ancient stone walls, I picture myself sitting under a giant tree transformed back to one of my favourite childhood scenes from Peter Rabbit illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The curious side of me always wants to step over the fence and run into those hills to discover what its really like to be on the other side. Mr A and I had been on a holiday to North Yorkshire recently, admiring the breathtaking landscape the Yorkshire Dales had to offer. There, I got to experience this amazing feeling of climbing over the walls, scaring away a few wild sheep and finally descending into a hidden cave – the excitement I encountered that day was truly priceless! Continue reading →
The first rye bread I tasted was those square sliced ones you see in a vacuum packed bag with an astonishing expiry date of another whole year. The funny thing is that as I went through the list of ingredients I couldn’t really see anything peculiar, all sounded normal and non-artificial with no non-pronounceable preservatives. Maybe it was just the vacuum packing? Although I finished the pack in the end, I didn’t particularly enjoy eating it and didn’t fancy trying rye bread again. Continue reading →
This is a quick post about this simple meal which I can’t seem to get enough of at the moment. I was going through Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast and thought I’d give the recipe a try. Two days later and I’ve made it 3 times already, and becoming addicted to it. It only takes about 20 minutes to make too. Continue reading →