Pickled Watermelon Rind

Yes, you heard that right! Just think of the conversations this pickle will start! Summer is the season of watermelon, and now we have access to beautiful watermelons in the …

Himalayan Pink Salt – What is all the hype about?

  During the past few years, Himalayan pink salt has become the talk of the culinary world. We have all been hearing about this amazing salt, from health benefits to superiority in quality and flavour to even the many new kitchenware applications of these salt rocks (the salt griddles, salt plates, salt slabs…etc). So what exactly …

Homemade Vegan Food Colouring

A beautiful but non-edible rainbow; Who doesn’t love looking at all kinds of colour? We fall in love with the look of highly colourful foods, especially those baked foods. I mean who doesn’t love looking at those decorated cakes and cookies and marvelling at the talent employed for creating them? Many of us know today …

“Clean Eating”

This recipe is Gluten-free | Dairy-Free| Sugar-free | Egg-Free. Basically free of all allergens that could harm celiac patients or those who are intolerant to any of those ingredients. You will have come across recipes on my website that state the couple of lines above and similar statements. You may even find some of my …

Understanding Sumac

  Definition & Locale Summaq (aka sumac), the Arabic word based on the Assyrian, Neo-Aramaic word Summaqa, which means “red shift” or “turning red”. The plant The plant grows from 1-10 meters high, most common at 3 meters. It has hairy leaves and branches where clusters of maroon/burgundy coloured berry clusters hang. It belongs to …

Olive Oil, The Story of Terroir

  Allow me to tell you a little bit about, what to me is, one of the most Divine of liquids, Olive Oil. Olive oil, like wine, is all about the terroir. The olive tree is one that is rooted in the land to which it belongs. This is beyond just the physical root that …

I Have A Dream, in the French Provence

“Once you have heard the lark, known the swish of feet through hill-top grass and smelt the earth made ready for the seed, you are never again going to be fully happy about the cities and towns that man carries like a crippling weight upon his back.” – Gwyn Thoma I Have a dream… One …

We are in Spring! Here are some Seasonal Cooking Tips for you

Before I go into the tips, let me just tell you that there are amazing local organic turnips at the farmers’ market,  for making pickles,  for stuffing,  for roasting and making turnip sauce… The quality of turnips I find there is unmatched! It is the height of the season and the varieties of produce and …

Explaining Zaatar!

Zaatar seems to be a bit of a confusion as I had recently found out. Most are unable to determine what it is. “Is it an herb?”, “a spice mix?”, “a concoction?”, “a dried collection of herbs?”…etc. are all questions am hearing all the time. So I thought – and while I do have it …

How To Links – Make & Perfect

Who doesn’t like to know how things are made and perfected?   Here are some How To links for you to start your culinary journey on a perfect note 😉 How to Open an Oyster How to choose, clean and prepare fish & seafood (including lobster) How to Cook Fish & Seafood How to make your own …