Archive for April, 2012

Creative

April 30, 2012

Agustina Woodgate gives unwanted teddy bears, giraffes, ducks, lions a second life as cuddly rugs.

Photo taken from agustinawoodgate.com.

Avocado wonders

April 18, 2012

One of my favourite recently discovered foods: avocado.

1) It’s tasty, yummm. I love the nutty note. At the moment my top combination is simply fresh bread with some ripe avocado spread on it, sliced tomato and some salt & pepper – but possibilities are endless. It’s a perfect salad ingredient. Take a look also at this chocolate avocado or orange-flavoured milk-shake!

2) The flavour is new – at least for me. Funnily, I first discovered it after coming to Scotland.

3) It’s incredibly healthy. This is what’s written on http://www.avocado.org: Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a “nutrient booster” by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.

4) It can be used in place of a spread. Dear butter and pseudo-healthy, artificial-tasting butter substitutes, we see each other less often now!

5) It originates from Mexico. Isn’t it a great place to come from?

6) The colours vary – I love the juicy vibrant green of ripe hass avocado.

Kuwait (part 2.)

April 17, 2012

While in Kuwait, I very much enjoyed the Middle-Eastern food, although admittedly I love good food in general.

In the shops you can get various kinds of bread (khubz/ khubiz), my favourite, however, can be found in tiny local bakeries, sold crunchy and hot, taken straight out of a clay oven.

For dinner the most popular are chicken dishes and veal or lamb kebab. This can be eaten with bread, lentils, beans, salad, sambosa and so on.

Then there is fruit. The dates you get here are nothing like the packets sold in European supermarkets – they are big, juicy and come in tens of varieties. I have also tried knar which is the fruit of cedar tree.

The sweets here are exquisite. The local delicacy I cannot get enough of is knafa (or kunafa) with a soft cheesy centre wrapped in special orange pastry, drenched in sweet syrup and sprinkled with pistachios. It is served warm. I also love baklava. If this is not enough, you can have one of the masterpiece cakes from self-established Mr Baker (sadly, the company’s founder and owner died tragically last week).

Scotland in 1870

April 8, 2012

Scots from 1870 wish you a happy Easter. (Glen Coe, 7th April 2012)