A Primer on Saffron

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 31, 2015
Saffron. Zaafran is the first thing I see – the first thing that lets me know where I am – the Deira Spice Souk in the heart of old Dubai. We’ve gone in the evening, about 6pm. We couldn’t meet the morning opening a 10am. We are after all on holiday. As the souks are closed for […]

Harmattan: Seasonal Foods, Interesting Facts & Tips

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 30, 2015
Harmattan – the season of dry and dusty, of conjunctivitis and freshly pressed mosquitoes (is this just at my end?) Of orange fruit and vegetables – carrots, agbalumo, oranges and tangerines. This season past, I noticed a few things – the regular fruits on display, but a little bit more as well…Read on. In Season: […]

Regular Programming Resumes…

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 29, 2015
Hi  and welcome to the new look ‘Kitchen Butterfly’ site! First of all, apologies for being away for so long. We’ve been cooking something exciting for you…and now it’s done – hope you like it. After five + years, it was time for a re-organisation. So, whats new? The new look KB site is powered by a new, […]

Discovering New Dishes On Holiday

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 8, 2015
Part of the appeal of going to a new place, any new place for me is the food :). Dubai was really interesting because I didn’t try any hardcore Emirati dishes. I had lots of Lebanese and Turkish and others though. Putting that to one side, I got the chance to try a variety of […]

Dinner in Dubai: Point & Eat, Barracuda Seafood Restaurant

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 8, 2015
A few nights ago, Lara took me to Barracuda – a popular fish restaurant in Jumeirah 3, Dubai. It is owned by an Egyptian and is established on the concept of ‘selecting’ your own seafood. It reminds me very much of selecting catfish in some Nigerian restaurants, popularly known as Point & Kill. Except in this […]

Five (5) Favourite Mocktails

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 7, 2015
The last cups are poured slowly, sipped with dreamy eyes. Eyes glazed with memories of mornings and glasses of juice – mostly orange, memories of heat at noon and refreshing drinks, full of muddled mint and ice. Holidays for me are mostly about the unhurried cups of tea at dawn, the fresh juices I down […]

Five (5) Things I Now Know About Pita Bread

by Kitchen Butterflyon January 3, 2015
The best pita bread is pillowy, soft, sweet and served warm. Thank you Jedoudna, for all I’d ever known about pita bread has gone to pot. A few days ago, we strolled down ‘The Walk’, seeking where we might feast. At Jedoudna – a Lebanese establishment, we were served basket after basket of the most delicious pita […]