The day the shops closed. A food forager’s journey. Day 3

Quite frankly, I don’t feel like this foraging challenge business at all today. I just want to open the fridge, eat and get on with my day. Getting on with my day? What does that involve anyway? Gardens and food. It’s a catch 22. I’m married to mother Nature. Through thick and thin. Till death…

Bali in 2015. Dragon flies v.s. Tequila Sunrise?

Bali is one of the world’s most popular and mesmerizing tourist destinations. Some question how this small yet significant island manages to stay upright under pressure of the millions of visitors it attracts every year. The dark side of leaky sewage systems, plastic bottles and bad air are a reality. Where did it all start?…

Cookies for health

What’s worse for your health? Eating a sweet, sugary cookie, or having guilty thoughts whilst eating a sweet, sugary cookie? Dietitians and doctors are fairly sure that sugar in excess is not good for you. Tooth decay did not exist among native tribes before Western civilization took over. Nor did obesity, diabetes, and imbalanced cholesterol…

Taste and aroma create flavour

Not everyone is aware of the differences between taste, aroma and flavour. Let’s assume you are beginning to enjoy creating magic in the kitchen from the top of your head, (the crown chakra, for the yogis amongst us). When you are one of those people who loves to open the fridge, toss some ingredients on…

Busted! Bad Ass Bananas..

Whenever I bump into a banana I find my protective mechanisms kick in. Yes, Mr. Banana is the cute, comical and helpless little brother I never had. ‘If other chefs make fun of you again’, I whisper into their yellow ears, ‘I will kick their snobbish asparagus blanching butts’. Bananas deserve more respect! Time for…

Raw and rugged culinary emotion

Cooking can be an art or it can be a craft. A busy house father knocking up satisfying grub for his 3 kids, according to mum’s tested and trialed recipes, that’s a fine craft. Cooking for 3000 hospital patients: craft. Feeding the army: craft. A British seaside chef having a turn at creating authentic sashimi,…