Sake Poached Pears

Here is a twist on the normal poached pears recipe. Instead of using red wine which makes those stunning red pear  jewels, here I use sake to infuse a different flavour and keeps the pears a natural colour. In this recipe I used a bit of orange zest, and cinnamon for the added flavour notes. You can add alternative spices like ginge, star anise or cardamon if you fancy. I… [Read More]

Triple Orange Gin Mare Cocktail #ATasteofTravel

Being a mixologist has never been on the top of my list of potential slashie personas. I do quite like to tinker with recipes.  Celebrity Cruises sent me some of the ingredients to make this cocktail for their #ATasteofTravel campaign. Here is what it looks like: Gin Mare is a unique Spanish gin made in a small fishing village on the Costa Dorada. It’s a “Mediterranean” gin made with infused with… [Read More]

Malaysian Chilli Crab Recipe

This is one of those ultra memorable dishes that a lot of visitors to Malaysia rave about. There are a lot of seafood restaurants in Malaysia. These are commonly neighbourhood restaurants, quite basic, sometimes open air and have plastic table cloths. The menus at these places are usually just a simple list of shellfish available that day from Sri Lankan to Indonesian crabs to local prawns, all sold by the… [Read More]

French Goats cheese, bacon and Sweet Potato Rosti

Rosti is one of my go to comfort food dishes. The combination of potatoes, onion and bacon is hard to beat. It’s really easy to make and can be served as a light meal or as a side dish. I was sent some French goats cheese to create a recipe with and this is the result, a Sweet Potato and  Bacon Rosti. I substituted sweet potatoes to give it a… [Read More]

Slow Cooker Braised Pork Belly

As the weather changes and the its getting colder, time to bring out the slow cooker to make some comforting food. This Slow Cooker Braised Pork Belly recipe is a Chinese family favourite, very simple to cook and great for dinner parties. Here I am using my new Crockpot which has a 4l capacity and is more than enough to make this recipe. I like the removable stoneware bowl that… [Read More]

Chocolate and Wine Tasting for National Chocolate Week

It’s National Chocolate Week and a great way to celebrate the event is holding a Chocolate and Wine tasting dinner. If you have not thought about it, this is a great way to enjoy these two indulgences. The Chocolate dinner  party menu was as follows: Starter A glass of prosecco and a simple starter of white chocolate spiked baba ghanoush. Main Course Slow Cooker Chicken Mole paired with the Château Liversan… [Read More]

Cooking Chinese with Ching He Huang and Amoy sauces

Cooking Chinese food just got a lot easier. I got to try cooking with these easy sauce packs from Amoy. On hand to demonstrate the versatility of these products was Ching He Huang, pictured here with ther new book, Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health. She made some satay chicken with some ready made satay sauce. Although these are not very Malaysian, they were more like Thai satay, they were… [Read More]

Taste Japan – Chicken and Shitake Mushroom Rice

We are lucky in London. There are so many great shops that stock fabulous food products from around the world. If you want to recreate a dish that you had on your travels, you can easily source all the ingredients to do that. Japanese cuisine is one of my favourites and I am still learning about new dishes and new ingredients. The Japan Centre just sent me a box of… [Read More]

Cypriot Pork Souvlaki recipe #myholidaydish

When I was working in Athens, one of our regular favourite takeaways was the Souvlaki Man. It was one of the simplest lunches but quite delicious. If you are visiting Greece or Cyprus, you will find a souvlaki stall serving these grilled meat (usually pork) rolled up in soft flat breads with a bit of salad and zingy tzatziki.

Tzatziki Recipe

Tzatziki is the staple on every Greek Taverna’s table. We had it at every meal, eaten as a dip with bread or with grilled meats or souvlaki. This recipe is quite garlicky, as this is the authentic way that my Greek friend’s mum taught me. It is nothing like the stuff you get from supermarkets in the UK. PrintTzatziki Recipe Ingredients200g Greek Yoghurt Half a cucumber 1-2 cloves of garlic… [Read More]

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