Set the Table

Sometimes there is nothing nicer than inviting a friend over for dinner, making something very simple but tasty and sitting on the sofa while eating, chatting and sipping wine.  No makeup, no stylish clothes - nothing fancy and everything low key. Other times it can be nice to go all out with some proper entertaining. [...]

May 10th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Thai Beef Salad

A couple of months ago I had some friends over for dinner.  After my recent Middle Eastern food obsession, I thought I would treat my guests to something different that didn't include pomegranate or tahini.   So I went with some Asian recipes instead.  We had Vietnamese spring rolls (totally addictive rice paper rolls fried and then wrapped in [...]

May 4th, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Princess and the Pea Cake

I found the Princess and the Pea cake in this book titled Simply Perfect Party Cakes for Kids, by Zoe Clark. It is a very beautiful book full of imaginative and gorgeous cakes for kids. I highly recommend it. For the purpose of this tutorial I have not shown the steps for how to make [...]

April 26th, 2015|Food & Entertaining|

Storybook Birthday Party

Another year has flown by and last month was Pippa's 4th birthday.  I am usually reasonably well prepared when it comes to things like kids parties, but this year after a month of overseas guests, I was left flat-footed when my Mum (who was visiting) excitedly mentioned to Pippa that it was her birthday the following week.  I [...]

April 26th, 2015|Entertaining, Food & Entertaining|

Healthy Candy Bar

Over the Easter period we did a lot of movie watching.  We are so rarely in Singapore during the school holidays that I think the kids were just thrilled to be home watching TV and playing in their rooms.  One of the movies we watched was Hop.  A tale about the son of the Easter [...]

April 22nd, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Good Morning Sunshine

Finn recently had to design a survey, collect the data and represent it in a bar graph for his Maths homework.  He chose to ask 'what is your favourite meal of the day?'  He asked his friends, his Dad's colleagues, family members and other Mums - I would say it was a fair cross section of the [...]

March 30th, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Hummus

My lovely friend Karen who lives in Hong Kong generously passed this family recipe on to me after I waxed lyrical over it at a morning tea she was hosting. Growing up in a Lebanese family, Karen watched her mother make vast quantities of hummus on a weekly basis. It was Karen’s job to peel [...]

January 19th, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Feeling Clean

A new year a new you…apparently. I’m not a resolution kind of girl – at New Year or any other point in the year and I’m not known to diet. But every now and then I like to slightly overhaul my eating habits and reset the wrongs that have crept back in. After a digestive [...]

January 5th, 2015|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Ancient Goodness

A Hellenic Republic dish, this salad has a Middle Eastern flavour with the pomegranate, herbs and yoghurt. It is light but filling and the yoghurt dressing is creamy, spicy and slightly sweet. It also feels incredibly healthy to eat so it gets extra ticks from me for that. It makes a great next day lunch [...]

December 8th, 2014|Food, Food & Entertaining|

Middle Eastern Food

This is possibly my favourite cookbook. I can trace my love affair with Middle Eastern food to 1996 when my Lebanese boss took me to one of his favourite Lebanese restaurants in Shepherds Market, London. I can still remember the creamy hummus topped with melt in the mouth lamb and golden pine nuts. It was [...]

November 17th, 2014|Food, Food & Entertaining|