Sunday, 4 September 2011

A chef's culinary chatter

2011-09-04 THERE'S always a story to be told, and those working in the food industry have hundreds, if not more, anecdotes about their progression through this sometimes funny, sometimes infuriating, but always much-loved life that encompasses the world of...

Sunday, 28 August 2011

So, you wanna be a Chef?

2011-08-28 THE title of an aptly named chapter in Bourdain's latest raw-edged, straight-shooting, epitome of his rise and consequential descents in the world of food, has so far been the most revealing and personal addition to my culinary knowledge.One; it's...

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Soup: Healthy food for the soul

2011-08-21 WHAT is it with being sick, that makes you crave nothing more than a big fluffy blanket, your bed or couch, and a big, hot bowl of soup?I've been under the weather lately and find that my taste buds have been reduced to little short of a...

Creamy asparagus soup with poached egg on toast

2011-08-21 800g asparagus, woody ends removed olive oil Two medium white onions, peeled and chopped Two sticks of celery, trimmed and copped Two leeks, trimmed and chopped Two litres good-quality chicken or vegetable stock, preferably organic sea salt and...

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Braving Ramadhan with a proper diet

2011-08-14 ACHIEVING and maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging. A person must sustain a careful balance between calories consumed and energy expended for efficiency.This year when Ramadhan falls in the summer, we will have very long and hot days to...

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Going for fudge brownies

2011-08-07 I WASN'T born a perfect cook, and much like anything in life, being good at anything usually takes a lot of practice (unless you are freakishly blessed with talent, in which case, I envy you!).I started baking in high school, and this fudge brownie...

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Making vegetables healthier for all

2011-07-17 FATAL outbreaks of food poisoning in the United States, Mexico and Europe expose the failure of regional and global initiatives to ensure that fruits and vegetables are safe and healthy.Food safety encompasses "how food is produced, distributed,...

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Choosing the right diet for you

2011-07-10 IT'S probably safe to say, that everyone has been on a "diet" of some sort at least once in their life. As a kid, growing up in a culture of eat, eat and eat more, the concept of maintaining a healthy diet is actually a hard act to follow. Just take...

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Pleasant surprise with 'alien' culinary

2011-07-03 TRYING new things is a part of life. So I keep telling myself when I'm faced with foods that are dubious in appearance or concept (to myself at least!), like various inner organs and some outer ones too, as well as foods that are perfectly...

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Healthy ways to eating

2011-06-26 WHAT comes to your mind when you think of healthy food? I think the majority of people would envisage full plate of salad greens with a few lonely olives thrown into the mix and maybe, if you're lucky, maybe a piece or two of feta or cottage cheese...

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Young US food critic rates 'kid-friendly' eateries

2011-06-19 ELI KNAUER has a ravenous appetite for seeking out the juiciest meats and sweetest desserts in Baltimore restaurants. But at just 10 years old, he is no ordinary food critic.Standing just four feet (1.2-metre) tall, Eli may appear diminutive, but he...

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Take time off to eat well

2011-06-12 TAKING time to eat well isn't exactly easy when you're constantly on the go and truthfully, I'm guilty more often than not as of late, of eating while doing somehow else or simply skipping a meal. So, when I get the time to sit down and really...

Anyone up for a cup of Gahwa?

2011-06-12 ABU EID, and his younger brother, Abu Abdullah, reside in Khafji in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia.Abu Eid is two years older than Abu Abdullah and both men are in their 50s now. Theirs is a typical Arab lifestyle."Our family came here...

Scent of delightful pepper

2011-06-12 SOME simply cannot live without the pungent, warm and delightful flavour of pepper.Pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning.Immature pepper...

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Cinnamon:The wonder spice

2011-06-05 CINNAMON indigenous to Sri Lanka and also a native to the Indian subcontinent It was one of the spices sought after by the Portuguese, Dutch and English in the South-East Asian region in the 16th century as each fought to dominate the spice trade...

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Do the Cooking Dance

2011-05-29 I WAS discussing with some friends the other day about the various culinary concoctions that you come up with when studying away from home and the topic invariably turned to that MSG-laced, plastic fantastic junk food staple called Indomee (or Indo...

Dine easy at Rice N Grill

2011-05-29 FOR those looking for an authentic Pakistani dining experience in Brunei, don't fret as Rice N Grill restaurant opened its doors in the capital recently. With its location conveniently located near the Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah complex,...

Creating healthy dishes using organic food products

2011-05-29 MANY people in Malaysia still have the perception that organic food is tasteless and that it must be vegetarian."This is not the case, so we developed a few recipes using organic food products and we received good feedback about it and we...

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Take time at Fleur-de-lys

2011-05-22 FLEUR-DE-LYS has already made a name for themselves in the Sultanate for their famous desert dishes namely the Mango Cheesecake. After 14 years in the establishment, Fleur-De-Lys now has two outlets, one in Kiarong and one in Kiulap. For those who...

Mexican food gets recognition

2011-05-22 MEXICO'S cuisine has long been overshadowed by the greasy Tex-Mex burritos and nachos sold around the world, but efforts to refine its image are now beginning to pay off.Five months after Mexican gastronomy joined the ranks of pre-Hispanic monuments...