Dubai has been my home for over seven years now and there is one part of Dubai, more than any other, which draws me back. Dubai Creek is the place where Dubai started and grew from. Did you know that the city we know today was established as a fishing village in the early 18th century?…
This list of 19 things to get rid of in 2019 has come around because of the new year. Obviously. New year, new you and what not. For quite some time I have been interested in minimalism and simplicity.This came around because when I was 18 I left home to go to university and since then have been moving quite often.…
Lemon and lavender are two distinct flavours and when you add them together you get a winner like Lemon Lavender Scones. Though I may be biased because I am a bit of a scone girl. And a lavender girl … but if you do not like lavender you can either omit it or use another edible flower for a pretty effect.
A frittata is an egg based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche or scrambled eggs to which you add ingredients like meat, cheese or vegetables. I decided to make this gluten and dairy free frittata as part of my work week meal prep. This frittata is chock full of delicious and fresh veggies and it is delicious. A gluten and dairy free frittata is easy enough to make and is a great addition to your recipe repetoire.
Now that we are in September it is time for some hearty bean soup. Never mind the fact that in Dubai it is still above 35°C on the daily, I want some bean soup! This recipe for hearty (and delicious) bean soup uses home made vegetable broth, loads of kidney beans, some lovely fresh veggies and of course the all important spices.
Social by Heinz Beck is a major treat yourself location. Luckily I was invited for dinner through work but I will 110% be returning. Not only is the location in the Waldorf Astoria beautiful, the kitchen open, the restaurant team friendly and engaging but the food is amazing! Plus they easily accommodated my dairy allergy. …
I like a good banana bread like the next person but I also like to mix it up hence the creation of this almond banana bread. Admittedly this only came about because I still had ground almonds in the freezer and decided it was time to use them up. Almond banana bread is very similar to my go to banana bread recipe but has a really lovely warm and nutty flavour.
Travelling especially over long distances with multiple stops can be stressful at the best of times. When you add that you or someone under your care has to travel with a food allergy you can end up with a major headache. So what can you when you travel with a food allergy? Are there ways that you can prepare for you and your loved ones? What can you do before and during your travels?
Being dairy free and eating out is not always the easiest thing hence this list of twelve vegan Arabic mezze. Why twelve? Because ten is not enough (they are all so good!). Having lived in Dubai for the past six and a half years I have eaten at my fair share of restaurants and, baring vegan places, eating at Arabic restaurants is sometimes the easiest option when having to avoid dairy. Did you know that a lot of Arabic mezze are already vegan and by extension dairy free?
It may be summer in Dubai (which means temperatures above 40c) but that still leaves space for a lovely Vegan Rustic Chili. Making a chili in summer may seem counter intuitive but I can assure you it is not. This little beauty is packed full of delicious veggies and flavours so you can pair it with brown rice and avocado for a lovely meal. You can also use this recipe for Vegan Rustic Chili to prepare your lunches for the work week.
Meal prep is really important to a healthy life style. Of course putting aside a slice of pizza and chickens wings is not the type of meal prep I am talking about. I am talking about the type of meal prep that is full of veggies and goodness that will not leave you with a bloated tummy and hungry an hour later. I am talking vegan rustic chili, soup and even making home made granola to take with you.
Vegan Rustic Chili Recipe
3 can kidney beans, well rinsed
3 large beef tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 yellow peppers, chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp smoked sweet chili powder
1 tsp cumin seeds, whole or crushed (I kept mine whole)
Fresh ground pepper to taste
150 mL vegetable broth
1 tbsp olive oil
First things first. When making your chili have your vegetables chopped and ready to go. Why? Kitchen clean up is quicker that is why. Also having your mise-en-place ready for you can be so pleasing.
In a large soup pot add the olive oil and heat it to medium high. Add in the chopped onions and garlic and let sweat. Stir often. Once this is done add in the remaining ingredients, give it a thorough stir and cover.
Keep on a medium heat for one hour. Check in every 15 minutes and give it a stir. It should not be boiling. You will begin to notice the tomatoes giving of their juice which is why you have to add so little broth.
After an hour remove from heat and serve. If you will be using this for meal prep you can already divide the portions among your glass containers. Let cool and then place in the fridge.
If you are going to be using this recipe for meal prep you can also prepare rice. I cooked a cup of uncooked brown rice which made enough rice for 5 meals. The chili will also serve 5-6 which makes it ideal for your work lunches.