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Tag: Sides

Quick and easy sticky chilli ribs

I find with this marinade that you do not need to leave it overnight, if you have forgotten to prepare something for tonight or are not organized enough, two hours with this one is enough to bring out all the delicious flavors.I serve this with a huge dish of egg fried rice to satisfy all those hungry appetites and extra baked potatoes, especially a … Read More Quick and easy sticky chilli ribs

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Quick Weekday Meal … Simple Tortiglioni Bolognaise with lots of fresh basil …

Back to work for most of us. if you enjoy your work, its a pleasure to return but if you lack the passion for it you may have the Monday blues this morning…. in a couple of days you may hopefully find the motivation again. I have a very simple dish today, a healthy wholesome and very simple pasta dish with a drizzle of … Read More Quick Weekday Meal … Simple Tortiglioni Bolognaise with lots of fresh basil …

Good wishes for a happy day, a successful year….Roast Leg of Lamb for lunch …..

A new year is a chance for a fresh start. My advice is – Grab It ! Fly with it ! – I am good at sticking to resolutions and like most people have a little list today to follow. I will certainly be resuming a daily long walk. As I started my blog in July, my walks reduced considerably and as my blog … Read More Good wishes for a happy day, a successful year….Roast Leg of Lamb for lunch …..

A smooth and spicy guacamole dip …

Still in a mood where I want to see vibrant colors in my food to compliment the holidays, I made a guacamole dip yesterday. As long as the avocados are ripe and you squeeze lime juice straight away to prevent it from loosing its color, you cannot ever go wrong with this dip. I usually like mine with chunks in it, more texture, but … Read More A smooth and spicy guacamole dip …

Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables and Christmas Oranges at their peak

Bright juicy clementines are at their peak on the island reminding us that Christmas is with us soon. Also know as Christmas orange, the clementine is lovely to decorate Christmas tables and I love this story about Santa Claus and the tradition of putting a clementine in Christmas stockings. I decided to make a large batch of crispy pickled Vietnamese Vegetables today as they … Read More Vietnamese Pickled Vegetables and Christmas Oranges at their peak

Celebrating Thanksgiving on an island abundant with blessings …

The US Ambassador HE Ms Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley welcomes me to her home and shares her favorite Thanksgiving recipes. It is the time of the year again when Americans all over the world stop to thank for their blessings, to appreciate and give thanks for what they have. Gratitude for the harvest, the provision, the abundance….. a nation so diverse with a fusion of cuisines … Read More Celebrating Thanksgiving on an island abundant with blessings …

A day of remembrance and planning Thursday’s meal…..

Today, the American Embassy on the island lowers its flag on the 50th anniversary of President J F Kennedy’s assassination …. I am fascinated by America and whatever makes America tick when it comes to food. Everyone watches while America innovates, everyone copies while America moves on to the next new creation…. And far away from the USA, on a tiny island in the … Read More A day of remembrance and planning Thursday’s meal…..

All about Halloween in the heart of the Mediterranean …..

Halloween is here and this is one of the carved pumpkins made by Reuben’s team ! So what’s cooking today ? What do Reuben and his team have in store for Halloween ? Here is a peek view of what’s coming up today ! Reuben’s Halloween Risotto And his Smoked Duck and Pumpkin Salad And my Roasted Plum Crumble Pie And have a look … Read More All about Halloween in the heart of the Mediterranean …..

Nutty Buttery Squash (with no added butter! )

This dish is all about simplicity, texture and flavor. It is one of my favorite recipes, because it is ridiculously simple and out-of-this-world delicious. It is vegetarian, gluten free and can be used as a starter on a bed of leaves with Parmesan shavings, crumbled ricotta or feta, as a side to accompany any meal or even as a warm or cold salad served … Read More Nutty Buttery Squash (with no added butter! )

Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a healthy nearly oil free version

Beautiful murals in the old Palace Aubergines are always abundant on the island and I love this quick and easy to prepare classic North Italian dish using ingredients popular in Southern Italy. I am making it today with a bit of a local twist and I am crumbling up with fresh soft gbejna cheese sandwiched between the eggplant layers . So many people assume that … Read More Melanzane alla Parmigiana, a healthy nearly oil free version

Corn quinoa and feta salad by Jennifer Rodda at www.milk-and.blogspot.com

I love Jennifer’s food and blog so much that I published one of her recipes in the local press. Her photography is wonderful and she is always available to answer any queries. I am looking forward to trying some more recipes soon.. We had this salad one evening as a light supper and it was delicious. Thanks Jennifer! ….

Two different Watermelon Salads ….. with identical ingredients !

I always admire photos of beautifully arranged plated watermelon chequerboards and I am trying it out with a combination of avocado and feta, topped with capers and mint. There is quite a bit of wastage after the cutting process so I am making a second salad using exactly the same ingredients tossed in a bowl. I am still not sure which one I prefer. … Read More Two different Watermelon Salads ….. with identical ingredients !