My version of Hummingbird Cake, with carrots, banana, pineapple and pecans

2019-03-25T13:10:42+00:00March 25th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Uncategorized|

I have always been fascinated by the name Hummingbird Cake. It apparently gets its name from a colourful hummingbird found in the Caribbean and Southern America. The bright yellow of the pineapple and bananas remind one of the bird’s yellow feathers. Not quite the true Hummingbird..... The main ingredients I researched several recipes and as [...]

Spanish Paella, a delicious one pot meal

2019-02-16T11:24:07+00:00February 20th, 2019|From the Kitchen, Travel & Adventures|

Paella (pronounced pa-ee-ya) One of the joys of travelling is eating traditional dishes. Once I have experienced a dish in its original environment it is often difficult to replicate the flavours and textures. In Spain we feasted on several versions of Paella. Some were rather unimpressive and obviously catering for the mass tourist market. Then [...]

Pineapple fluff – a retro dessert

2019-02-12T15:28:10+00:00February 12th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

Do you day dream about nostalgic foods from your past? I do! During the past 2 weeks I have had a stream of house guests, including two sets of cousins visiting from the UK. As we are a family of food lovers, when planning some menus my thoughts floated back to my Mother’s kitchen. I [...]

Grilled grapes for your cheese platter

2019-01-28T11:08:28+00:00January 28th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

You simply have to try Grilled Grapes at least once! It was a cool evening and needed to add something interesting to the cheese board. I had read about baked grapes, but not wanting to heat my oven, I decided to try grilling them.  All I did was cut the grapes into smaller bunches, toss [...]

Watermelon feast time!

2019-01-17T13:18:28+00:00January 17th, 2019|From the Garden, From the Kitchen|

Versatile watermelon to celebrate summer! I always feel that summer is in full swing when there is an abundance of watermelons in the shops and markets! We buy mainly from supermarkets, especially when you can choose a quarter or half fruit. But when our local little market stall has melons directly from the farm we [...]

Singaporean Laksa, a delicious light meal

2019-01-12T13:08:48+00:00January 12th, 2019|From the Kitchen|

We are in the second week of January and it was simply a matter of time before my palate started craving a hint of spice and Asian flavours. I do love my salads and barbeques, grills and roasts but ........ Laksa-style soups are served all over South East Asia. We enjoyed the versions most in [...]