Category Feast

Fresh salad with organic winter vegetables in Mauritius

One week into my stay in Mauritius and I already stocked up on fresh produce. As you know my love for all things pertaining to slow living, it had to be organic seasonal vegetables grown by local farmers. Fresh produce shopping I was not sure what I would find. Given that I’ve lived most of my cooking years in South Africa and not my own country, I had no idea

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Chilli or not? It’s a yes or no question really (but maybe not in Mauritius)

With lots of different cravings in mind (Briyani, dhall purri, roti), I make my way to the food counter. Sure enough, there’s vegetarian roti. I order two pairs sans chilli. While the lovely lady heats up the rotis, my eyes survey the rest of the food offerings. I’m tempted. Lamb curry. Chicken curry. Chicken tandoori. Pulses. I want to eat a bit of everything. Either I’ve been out of Mauritius for far

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Barra de pan with mini burgers on a bed of baby spinach {Recipe}

As a flexitarian, I have my share of red meat about once a week. It also helps as I have a deficiency in vitamin B12 and the best source is red meat. Often, I would combine it with plant-based sources such as spinach and avocado. And that’s exactly what I do in this recipe. Life in Spain and barra de pan In Spain, the barra de pan is a common

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A no-cook meal (perfect for a TV platter)

 We all deserve a break from cooking. Being nomads mean we are either planning for the next move, moving, packing or unpacking. And cooking, while some of us may enjoy it, can be the last thing on our minds.  Because we probably want a day to chill.  And those days include staying in. Ah, the sheer joy that accompanies knowing we don’t have to be anywhere, no site to see,

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Cabbage Bowls with the filling of your choice

Do you love eating vegetables? More specifically salad leaves, leafy greens? My take on leafy greens Don’t give me leafy greens just like that. I don’t enjoy eating them. Unless they are exquisite and fascinating when you take a forkful, the taste sends you to the Mediterranean or off to an idyllic trip. Yes, my food needs to speak to me, transport me, lift me to greater heights beyond imagination.

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Roast Chicken Wings and Fennel with Shiraz Salt

When it starts getting cold, the wonderful thing to look forward to in that season is oven-roasted meals. Nothing better than to keep us warm as well as give us the satisfaction of a delicious home-cooked dinner. I particularly enjoyed making roast chicken wings with fennel one autumn evening. Fennel grows well in South Africa’s climate and I bought it when it was in season. I love buying seasonal produce for

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Blog series: Foodie Fridays

When I left Mauritius island (born and bred there) to go work and live in the Middle-East, cooking was as foreign as Arabic was to me. Even though my parents lovingly prepared home cooked meals day after day, their culinary skills weren’t passed on to me.  Of course, they never ceased to try to instill in me enough curiosity to prepare a meal. But I unfortunately did not see the

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Rosso: flavoursome Italian cuisine at Amwaj Rotana JBR, Dubai

While there are several highlights to my stay at Amwaj Rotana, I want to share my dining experience with you, dear readers. It was such a delightful evening we had at Rosso, the award-winning bar-restaurant at that hotel. I hope you’re reading this on a full stomach! Dining at Rosso We dined at Rosso on our first evening in Dubai. It was a very special moment – this being our first international

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Saturday bliss: reading at The Book Lounge and hot chocolate at Haas

Lately, I’ve been craving reading in my spare time. Unless I make it a priority, I find that a lot of other activities often get in the way. Are you also like that? Do you find that you want to read a book but can never get to it? Making time to read One technique is to treat it as a priority and not letting anything hijack the time you’ve

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Restaurant Review: Nomad Bistro Fusion

With a restaurant that bears my name, how could I resist the allure of eating there? Therefore, you can imagine how thrilled and excited I was to be invited by the co-owners, Mohit Sureka and Chef Mardia Swartz for an exclusive tasting before they opened officially. (I felt honoured!). Wherever there’s food, I’m there. And it didn’t disappoint, in fact there were so many delicious dishes that I couldn’t pick my

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