Recipes

At the market & in the kitchen with Pierre Gagnaire

It’s two days before Christmas and I’m in a car heading towards the Fish Market in Deira, Dubai.  No big deal, I’ve been to the fish market lots of times. It’s a great place to buy fresh fish and take some great photos and feel part of an old Dubai tradition.  This time it’s different, in the car with us is a big hero of mine, French Chef Pierre Gagnaire.  Pierre Gagnaire is a chef with a three Michelin star credentials and he’s visiting the fish market for a first time. Pierre has agreed to cook lunch for a few of us from what he finds at the market, which is a rare treat and something I have been looking forward to for a long time, after all it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to go shopping with a Chef with Michelin star credentials. On arrival,we wander around the fruit market with Pierre picking up and buying one or …

Jordan | Movenpick Bitter Orange Marmalade

Almost 90% of the produce at Movenpick Dead Sea Resort & Spa is locally sourced which is an incredibly high figure, and you can taste it in the food that you eat, everything tastes fresh, is packed full of colour and full of flavour. Each year 2000 kilos of organic oranges are harvested by the team and made into Bitter Orange Marmalade which you can find as part of the breakfast buffet. We were lucky enough to take part in a cooking class to see how it was made.

Love at First Bite and why it takes two days to make a decent Mille Feuille

It was love at first bite ! At the tender age of eighteen with my first ever full wage packet clasped in my hands I remember visiting Carwardines Coffee House in Corn Street, Bristol which was just around the corner from my new office. My mission was to buy myself a treat to celebrate my first ever full time job. Treat in hand, a cup of fine roasted coffee and a  plate bearing a posh french dessert I retreated to a window seat and started to enjoy my treat. The dessert on my plate, was a cream slice, as I knew it then, and I remember every mouthful with a pleasurable sigh even to this day. Later, I came to find out that there was much more to this treat than I had imagined and the humble cream slice as I knew it (also known as a vanilla slice or a custard slice) is also more famously known as the …

Ramadan | Mouhalabieh

  It’s 6pm towards the end of the first week of Ramadan and I’ve just got home from another day of handing out food and drink to the construction guys as part of #FillingTheBlues.   There’s just over an hour and a bit until the end of the fasting period when I can break my fast with dates and water.  I’m fasting for the first time ever in my life and have committed to fasting for the whole of Ramadan, so far it’s going well, aside from feeling thirsty I’m not hungry until all of a sudden and completely out of the blue from absolutely nowhere I start thinking about a sweet dessert that I’ve only had a few times here, but which I am craving … Mouhalabieh. In typical fashion, when searching for a recipe or inspiration I take to Google where I find a host of recipes, some claiming the dessert is Lebanese, some Syrian and some just …

Food Memories | The best ever Coffee & Walnut Cake Ever

Did the headline grab your attention – Here’s a recipe for Coffee & Walnut Cake which takes me back to my childhood. OK I should have added, in my humble opinion at the end LOL.  Here’s a tribute to my mum on Mother’s Day.  Though she’s in the UK and not in Dubai often, I talk to her often sometimes in person, more often by Whats App where she writes essays and seems to not know there’s a return button, I catch up with her shenagans on Facebook and remember her dearly through our shared love of food. So here goes. Does food trigger a memory for you?  It most certainly does for me, and here I share one of my childhood memories, a cake with a bitter sweet story. Arriving home from school aged eleven or twelve years old, I vividly remember the house smelling of baking – not just any baking, but the sweet smell of baked coffee …

Philippines | Chicken Binacol

Day 5 #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines brings us to The Ambassador In Paradise Hotel and a tasty lunch where we all order traditional Filipino dishes from the menu.  Adobo for me, which I have fallen in love with, and the dish which seems to have at least 100 recipes on how to make it as each island and family have their own version – I must admit I love those which are heavy on the garlic as one of my favourite recipes, anyway I digress.  One of our guides orders a dish of Chicken Binakol which is fragrant, sweet and full of rich tastes and textures of coconut, it’s just begging to be slurped right off the spoon, though to be fair as it’s not my dish, I decide to reserve that treat for another day … I digress, Chef Fortune, the Executive Chef of the resort, has invited us below ground to the kitchen to learn how this traditional yet rustic Filipino …