We are definitely feeling the cold in Bahrain at the moment and although our winters are short-lived, it is a welcoming change from our searing hot summers. Outdoors we can wear our winter woolies and indoors it is a good time to put the casserole pot to good use and cook piping hot hearty oven-to-table family meals. What I love about one-pot meals, they can be as simple as this Braised Chicken with Tomatoes, Potatoes and Herbs or more elaborate, like Beef Bourguignon. This fuss free one-pot meal takes little time to prepare and as the dish is completely cooked in the casserole pot, there is hardly any washing-up to do. Continue reading
Baking home-made bread provides immense satisfaction and even though I have made bread on many occasions I feel a great sense of pride when taking a freshly baked loaf from the oven… every single time! When entertaining I might spend hours preparing for a dinner party and carefully laying the table, but once the home-made bread appears before the guests… all other efforts fade in comparison. With the heavenly baking aromas I would bake fresh bread everyday, but I know I (and the rest of the family) would be the size of a house if I did.
“Bread is the warmest, kindest of words. Write it always with a capital letter, like your own name.” – Russian Cafe Sign. Continue reading
The festivities have come to an end, many rich foods were enjoyed and now the fridge and freezer are almost empty… simple food is craved once again. With the last remaining vegetables I decided to make a pot of soup. Nothing fancy, no special ingredients just a tasty wholesome bowl of soup, served with thick slices of home-made brown bread on the side. You might say I am kicking off the new year with a healthy start but it more comes down to what’s left on the vegetable rack. The soups flavor is determined by the combination of vegetables used and sometimes I like to throw in a granny smith apple for its sweet-tart flavor. I would have used fresh turkey stock but as my good friend Sarah had taken charge of Christmas Day and did an amazing job (I did boxing day), I had no turkey to cook. Continue reading