Category Gastronomy

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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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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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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Restaurant Review: Scheckter’s Raw

Ever since becoming more mindful of what I put inside my body, my choices in where I go eat out have become more selective. And so, what a delight that Scheckter’s Raw recently opened up in Sea Point (Cape Town), serving organic vegan food made with love. The first time I went there, I grabbed a salad from the fridge to peck on while waiting for the real order: Organic Lucuma Hummus and

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Mademoiselle Nomad’s Fab Finds Friday #14 – Oishi Sushi

About two months ago, I had the most incredible surprise delivery to my doorstep (at my home in Cape Town) organized by my friends at Zomato. The timing could not have been more perfect! Just picture this: I was in my PJs, getting ready to curl up on the couch for a lazy  relaxing night in. And feeling ravenous. If you’ve been following me for quite a while, you’d know that

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Mademoiselle Nomad’s Fab Finds Friday #13 – Nourishing soups

To feel safe and warm on a cold wet night, all you really need is soup. – Lauren Colwin As the winter season makes its way in the southern hemisphere, I take a lot of comfort in hearty bowls of soups. I don’t know about you, but there’s something that provides me warmth in my soul and not only for my body. Perhaps it’s because soups remind me of joyful

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Boschendal Garden Tour – foraging for my own vegetables

Upon leaving Groot Drakenstein in the early hours of the morning (to me, this means around 9am), we first stopped at Boschendal for a tour of their beautiful gardens. Beautiful is an understatement, actually. We were fortunate that we were offered this tour. And a complimentary glass of bubbly to begin the day! Better than a caffeine shot 🙂 Megan, the Food Garden Manager had a wealth of knowledge to share

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