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Red Lentil Dal

I am marathon training again. It took a while to convince myself. Firstly, I didn't get into the London Marathon next year. Although the chances were pretty slim anyway, I sulked.  Secondly, I ran my first ma... Read More...

Pumpkin and Spinach Frittata

Continuing my argument from my last post that I am a peasant at heart, I'll always prefer homemade foods over restaurant foods. And what better opportunity of having homemade foods would there be than a potlu... Read More...

Lentil Pilaf – Stuffed Peppers

Our 1 month holiday in Germany is slowly coming to an end. We have been here for 4 weeks, and have another few days to go. Every year, after being away for 3-4 weeks we crave our comfort zones at home, less e... Read More...

Zucchini Chickpea Feta Fritters

 Piled up pancakes and fritters look really good on photos. But honestly, I wouldn't want to feed a whole family with them. Not if I have to cook them. I'd stand in the kitchen for an eternity. the bottom ones ... Read More...

Spanish Seafood Stew

 I love seafood for several reasons: I love the taste of fish, shellfish, oysters, seaweed. In any way, be it raw, grilled, baked, fried, deep-fried. It's healthy, a very convenient side effect. But most im... Read More...

Spinach-Filled Chickpea Crepes

 You eat with your eyes first?  I also love to eat with my hands: I am happy with raw fruit, veggie sticks and dips, granola bars, handy pieces of cake, and messy BBQs. I don't mind getting my hands dirty whe... Read More...

Asparagus Parmesan Tartlets

Do you know the TV show Come Dine With Me? Well, our (actually not so) little Dubai Food Blogger community came up with the idea to do a Come Dine With Me amongst ourselves. Obvious thing, since we are all fo... Read More...

Pasta Puttanesca

Finally! That's what I need to say first when writing this post for my Pasta Puttanesca recipe. It's been on my list from the moment I discovered this amazing pasta sauce, but for some reason I hadn't made Putt... Read More...

Herbed Chickpea Pancakes

Chickpea flour is still new in my kitchen, but the fact that it is gluten free, grain free and has a higher protein content than regular grain flour makes me want to explore all possible ways of cooking with ... Read More...

Chicken Coconut Curry

Did you know that Pluto is not considered a planet of our solar system anymore? Yes, in 2006, its career ended as a full-on planet after more than 75 years (as it was only discovered in 1930) because it doesn... Read More...

Chili Con Carne

Winter (Def.) = the coldest season of the year, between autumn and spring. At the winter solstice, the days are shortest and the nights are longest, with days lengthening as the season progresses after the sols... Read More...

Curried Bulgur with Carrots and Raisins

It's winter finally in Dubai. It's so cold that one wants to wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts and sometimes even socks. This is as bad as it gets. Most Europeans and North Americans will laugh about thi... Read More...

Pasta with Arugula Pesto

Hey, do you want to know how my Dubai winter veggie and flower garden is doing? It's going great. The usual suspects are up and about, like basil, tomato plants and sunflowers. Those are the plants that I k... Read More...

Chicken Soup with Custard Royale

Winter time is cold season, even here in Dubai where winter temperatures do not go below 20C/70F during the day. Husband has been sniffing and coughing for more than a week. My son has had days with fever or ... Read More...

Grilled Lentil Walnut Burgers

Confessions of a healthy food fanatic: I used to like burgers. The ones from well-known fast food chains. I used to crave them regularly, e.g once per month. Luckily, we moved to a spot that is far away from an... Read More...

Spaghetti in White Clam Sauce

We love seafood in our family. Just recently we threw our BBQ on for a midweek grilled king prawn feast. OK, we had visitors to impress, but I'd do a lot of things for grilled prawns. One of our more lazy week... Read More...

Spicy Prawn Stew

Is it allowed to be addicted to chickpeas? Like being addicted to chocolate? I think I am. Addicted to chickpeas. I panic when my dried chickpeas are finished when I had plans to use them for dinner. Low level ... Read More...

Barley with Broad Beans and Peas

I regularly read the BBC Good Food magazine. A few weeks ago I was paging through the August issue hoping to get some inspiration for a Saturday night dinner. I found a Gordon Ramsay recipe of marinated lamb st... Read More...

Bacon Mushroom Quiche

 I am not big into star signs and their attributes. I think I stopped reading horoscopes in my teenage years after I realized it will not tell me if the boy of my dreams was also in love with me. I never got ... Read More...

Bean Lentil Spinach Soup

Our summer here in Dubai is still hot as hell. But one cannot live from cooling lettuce leaves and cucumbers alone for several months in a row. In the middle of the summer heat, I felt like cooking some heart... Read More...