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Truffle Hunting

Truffle Hunting

This July, when in Italy, I visited Bracciano, a small town situated 50 km north-west of Rome over a picturesque lake of the same name. The village was known for its medieval castle rising majestically above small stone houses, where Tom Cruise, Eros Ramazotti, and […]

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

Homemade limoncello – Where have all the grandmas and grandpas gone?

I started to make Limoncello some years ago and the response from Italians took me a little bit by surprise as it seems that not many people make their own any more. I lived in Italy for four and a half years and in that […]

Polish Potato Dumplings (Knedle)

Polish Potato Dumplings (Knedle)

This July, temperature in Iraq reached 50 degrees Celsius. Leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned room was an adventure in itself. Despite the weather being nothing like that in Poland, the taste of some long-forgotten flavors took me back home for a while. Polish potato dumplings stuffed with […]

Roma, communism and offal

Roma, communism and offal

A long time ago I promised myself that one day I’d visit Rome and spend all my money on food. This July, my dream came true. I had always imagined Rome to be a cosmopolitan city marked by the glorious history of the old Roman […]

Pilau Masala

Pilau Masala

One of the hidden treasures of Zanzibar is a spice blending workshop. Murtala, the workshop master lives outside the town in a small house overlooking the Indian Ocean. I attended one of his classes while in Stone Town. After 2 hours and having spent 30 […]

Michael’s Beer Honey Mustard

Michael’s Beer Honey Mustard

  This is a recipe I have been tweaking over a number of years and I often vary something just to try out different combinations . The honey gives this mustard a nice sweetness but don’t be fooled, it packs a serious punch! It’s great […]

Home-made paneer

Home-made paneer

Paneer is traditionally made of buffalo milk. It’s a fresh cheese that takes no longer than 30 minutes to prepare. Paneer doesn’t require aging and culturing which means you can have it the same day. Milk, lemon, a pot and a cheesecloth is all that […]

Creamy Seafood Chowder

Creamy Seafood Chowder

In a famous scene from the movie Glengarry Glenross Al Pacino’s character, Ricky, talks about the insufferable heat in New York that day: “They say it was so hot downtown this afternoon grown men on the street corner were going up to cops begging the […]

Is it really Africa?

Is it really Africa?

Zanzibar’s history is a hotchpotch of cultures fused together by the spice trade.  Originally known as Unguje, and at one point referred to as the Spice Island, Zanzibar  was first inhabited by Bantu-speaking Africans. Then, in the late 11th century Persians, driven  by market demand, […]