If more space to you means more stuff (and inevitably, more mess!) then you will probably benefit from being a little more organized in the kitchen :) The French have a wonderful phrase mise en place which roughly translates to 'everything in place', so I have used this concept to draw some inspiration to help other home cooks and foodies become a little more organized in the kitchen.Read More
It’s almost Halloween, the shops are now brimming with ghoulish costumes and pumpkins galore, and mums and dads are stocking up the cupboards with bags of sweets, chocolates, and anything else that will keep the endless hordes of wonderfully dressed children happy! But Halloween can be healthy too... here are our favourite scary snacks that are not packed with sugar :)Read More
One of the most satisfying feelings is using up those items in the kitchen that we think are bin-ready. Each month we will give you some great ideas for what to do with a few of those store cupboard or fridge staples that you think have had their day. This month, we start with bread.
For some reason, I always seem to have a few slices left in the bag of bread that are just not nice to eat or even toast, so I've come up with a few ingenious ideas on how best to repurpose these into yummy recipes.Read More
All chefs and good home cooks, or anyone who’s ever read a recipe for that matter, have been guilty of a little artistic license. But what happens when good recipes go bad? And is there a right and wrong time, place, or manner to experiment with ingredients?
We've got all the answers and more for you here!Read More
Living in the UAE, autumn is certainly an exciting time; most of us who have endured the summer are now excitedly making plans to be outdoors! But it also means we are blessed with new seasonal produce in the supermarkets. Take a look at some of our favourite fruit and veg for October, and get some fantastic ideas for cooking with brussel sprouts.Read More
When I think of September, I think of the leaves changing colour on the trees from vivid greens to deeper, warmer oranges and browns, and this too is reflected in the fruit and vegetables - bright reds and greens of strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers make way for warmer, more autumnal deep reds and oranges of blackberries, plums, figs, aubergines, cabbage, and my all time favourite, the humble pumpkin, or more specifically butternut squash.
Read more for my favourite creamy pumpkin recipe and a link to download all of September's seasonal produce.Read More
I had the absolute pleasure of attending the “simple organic suppers” course last Saturday at Daylesford Organic Farm, run by the very knowledgeable chef Jason. Despite it highlighting how much I already know, I realized there is always something new to learn, and with that in mind I plan to attend as many cookery courses as is financially possible, as I love learning everything I can about food :)
But without further adieu, take a peek at what we cooked (and you might even find a free recipe at the end!)Read More
It’s that time of year again when us mums are over promising ourselves that we will make even more effort with our kids pack lunch this year :)
I’m already receiving mailers and blogs with lunchbox tips suggesting all kinds of cute little shapes and animals I can spend hours turning my kids food into, but, the reality is that I really don’t have the time and I will not chastise myself for this anymore. So here are some tips and ideas that are actually really important for the health of your kids and realistic to achieve for busy mums...Read More
As I sat eating my dinner for one, it dawned on me that I must not be the only single person in Dubai eating alone. In fact, I am sure there are many of us! I also wondered how many people actually cooked for themselves instead of getting take-outs....
So that's when I decided to start putting together a small arsenal of recipes that I can cook for myself when my husband is traveling, and I thought that I would share some of these with you too!Read More
For me, August is dedicated to well-deserved holidays, lazy afternoons on the terrace, endless country fairs and more importantly, farmer’s markets! The dramatic sunsets, no, the epic sunsets, and the fruit trees groaning with an abundance of delicious produce - it’s a foragers dream! If you’re lucky enough to be in Europe or North America during this heavenly month, then make the most of nature’s larder.
See what's in season and get inspired to make the most of summer's fresh produce.Read More
There's something enchanting about sitting on a wind swept pebble beach eating fish and chips from a paper bag whilst constantly removing and putting on layers of clothing as the sun dips in and out of the clouds. So was my experience in Southwold at the Sole Bay Fish co.Read More
Cooking may not be rocket science, but so many budding cooks make the simplest of mistakes that show up like a sore thumb when preparing and presenting a basic dish, from using the wrong knife, to cooking on the wrong heat. We have discussed, in the past, the importance of using a good cooking kit and always buying the best ingredients that you can afford, but that still doesn’t mean you’ll become an instant Gordon Ramsay! So here are my top 8 tips on becoming an authentic home-chef...Read More
I remember my mum saying to me occasionally “hard cheese” when there was something I wasn’t allowed to do that I protested against, but I never gave it a second thought. Oscar being way more inquisitive than I ever was, often asks me what things mean, so I thought it was time to explore them further and here are some of my favourites...Read More
One of my favourite summertime ingredients is courgette flowers - it is such a delicacy that I simply had to treat you all to the recipe that I cooked and ate on Friday evening. I highly recommend it for anyone who has some time to make something special as a snack or starter for a summer dinner party - enjoy!Read More
Most home chefs (including me) will tell you that there is one ingredient that you can always fall back on in times of need when you've forgotten about dinner (it happens!), have unexpected guests over or even when you're feeling a little lazy and uninspired... mince! Ilove mince - it's tasty, versatile and so wonderfully easy to cook with and over the years I have developed a mini guide to cooking the best mince ever, no matter what recipe you choose.Read More
One of my favourite months for ingredients is July - it’s all about soft fruits, delicious salad ingredients and some of the best flavours from the sea! You see, I am quite passionate about eating seasonally and I wanted to share some reasons why it's not only good for the environment but excellent for your health too! I have included a truly yummy recipe for you to make at home, and the full list of seasonal foods for July. Enjoy :)Read More
Shruti Raj - Content Head and PR Manager at ICCA Dubai and food blogger from Being Wholesome.
They say “food is the essence of life” which I believe is not only because it feeds your body but also nourishes your mind. And when it comes down to nurturing your mind and body, nothing beats homemade food prepared from scratch and served with love! Although with a busy and hectic lifestyle, sometimes it’s difficult to find time to cook food for ourselves and our loved ones on a regular basis, but I'm here to try and convince you to make home-cooking a priority!Read More
Summer in Europe is my favorite time of year, at some point we will always grab a rug, pack a picnic and often find a river to sit by and swim in; well I usually end up paddling while Kris and Oscar swim :) But there is something exciting about taking your food outside and finding the perfect spot to enjoy it in, and I find it all starts with the anticipation of planning and packing the picnic basket.Read More
I’m a Father of 2 (that still sounds strange to me), and while I am against all the overblown commercialism of such holidays, I do find value in celebrating these special days. So why not swap the last minute gift and treat your dad this Father’s Day with one of my all time favourites: a roast dinner? I don’t think I know any man who doesn’t love a decent roast dinner and the roast beef must be the king! And an epic roast will make everyone else smile too!Read More
I have recently had the enormous privilege of visiting the Seychelles with my family. Only a short 4-hour flight away, the Seychelles island group is made up of 115 islands to the northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, and is perfectly idyllic! I also had the privilege of participating in a Creole cooking class and have two delicious recipes to share with you, plus some family travel tips.Read More