Too Hot? Too Spicy? Hot Hot!

It’s no secret that I am a big chilli fan. Sometimes I have to stop myself from putting it in just about everything! There’s just something about the fresh flavour they impart as well as their varying degrees of tongue numbingness that I love and cannot seem to get enough of. And they’re SO versatile….

Hola Hibiscus!

I’ve just recently become acquainted with the hibiscus. Yes, I’ve known about this beautiful flower for a long time but have never really taken a profound interest in it, afterall, it’s just a flower, right? Well it is, but it has much more to it than mere aesthetics. The hibiscus is considered to have various…

Date Night

Sometimes a recipe will come into your life that you will fall in love with and not be able to live without. I believe I have found the one. Surprisingly, it is not what you may think. No, it’s not a cake or pastry, nothing sweet for that matter. It’s not deep fried or saturated…

Animals? I like that they stay standing up.

I watched a very sweet video yesterday of a little boy called Luiz Antonio questioning why we eat meat. There’s really no messing around with all the ins, outs and intricacies of the subject in question. I loved how straightforward his argument was; “I don’t like that they die, I like that they stay standing…

When Life Gives You Lemons, It’s Time for Dessert.

It was my birthday last month, and being someone who loves to read and cook to my heart’s content, I must admit.. I pray for cookbooks. It may sound corny, but my heart jumps with glee when I unwrap one. No joke. This year, my sister Rachel sent me the new book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall,…

Hummus be kidding me!

Hummus. That simple dish of chickpeas blended with a little tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt, that somehow manages to have the allure of something much grander. The debate over hummus is ongoing, from where in the Middle East it originated to how it should be prepared and eaten. Chunky or smooth? Warm or room…

Finding Joy in the Teenie Things

“If you had one shot, one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted.. one moment. Would you capture it or just let it slip?” If you were Charles “One Shot” Harris  you would capture this: Charles “Teenie” Harris, as he was also often known, was an accomplished African-American photographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Teenie photographed many celebrities…

The birthday breakfast

Today I turned 24, and it was a good day. For someone who’s always up for a good meal, for me indubitably one of life’s greatest pleasures, imagine my delight when I was told I was being brought out for a beautiful birthday breakfast! For that, I have a certain Ms. Scott to thank. Martina,…

There’s a hole in this cake

For anyone who’s familiar with the film ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’, I’m sure you’ll remember the scene when Toula’s love interest Ian brings his parents to meet the Portokalos family and Harriet Miller presents them with a bundt cake? Yes, you know the one! Maria Portokalos cannot, for the life of her, say the…

I don’t think you’re ready for this belly

‘Cause this belly’s just too delicious for ya babe. This is one cut of meat that really can’t do any wrong. Firstly, it’s incredibly economical. Why? Because it’s kind of fatty. But that’s okay since it’s the fat that keeps the meat so meltingly tender when cooked low and slow, and that is what we…

Happy Mother’s Day

Shall I compare thee to a piece of cake? Thou art more lovely and more elegant. Rough oven fans do test the resilience of each bake. And cakes expiration hath all too short a date. …then Shakespeare gawked in awe and did the dougie. Mums are just wonderful, and I would know since mine is…

The Glorious Galette

‘As easy as pie’. That has got to be one of the most misleading phrases in the world. Not that making a pie is difficult per se, but tender, flaky pastry does not come easily if the baker in question ain’t got skills. There’s the risk of a tough, over-worked crust or a soggy base…