Malta-Maple Bacon Jam

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 29, 2012
Bacon jam. Because of left-over bacon, from our Christmas bacon-bird, which led me on a path that has seen bread pudding and finally has ended up here – as Bacon Jam. Most of the versions I read about had maple syrup in the mix so mine progressed to Maple Bacon Jam. And finally, because I’ve […]

Cardamom, Orange – White Chocolate Bread Pudding

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 27, 2012
I can’t say that the thought of warm bread pudding brought comfort to me on a freezing cold day. No I can’t in the 26 degree centigrade heat that has enveloped me in sunshine and a gentle breeze since my return home two nights ago. Its harmattan season. I’ve swapped cold American nights for windy […]

Preparing for Christmas: Nigerian Salad

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 24, 2012
Nigerian salad. An oxymoron. One I think about, sitting in the lounge and waiting for the boarding announcement for I am well and truly on my way home. Home to Nigeria. To my husband, and children and the December heat. To a Christmas feast, of gifts and presents and maybe even food, which may not be […]

Preparing for Christmas: Nigerian ‘Stir-Fried’ Jollof Rice

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 19, 2012
Here’s an update on a Nigerian classic: Stir-fried Jollof rice. And this isn’t to buck tradition – this is about how travel shapes who we are, opens up our eyes to new possibilities and redefines our boundaries. For Nigerian Jollof is typically ‘stewed’, not stir-fried or oven-baked. Right now, Nigerians the world over are planning […]

Filipino Fruit Salad: Virtue in a Can

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 17, 2012
I know, tinned foods aren’t virtuous, especially from ‘self-proclaimed’ foodies. Mind you, that’s not me talking, that’s the ‘Voice of the world’. Because I know better. I know that virtue can be earned in a myriad of ways: fresh, frozen and canned. Like everything else, they have their time and place, their season.

Feasting at Norma’s Table

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 16, 2012
At Norma’s Mesa, there is love and friendship and absolutely gorgeous food at Norma’s table. At Norma’s table, the lights of Manhattan twinkle and twinkle, stunning guests, at Norma’s table. At Norma’s table, there’s laughter, lots and lots of it. There’s wit too, the reason for the laughter, at Norma’s Mesa. —–00000—– I burst out laughing, […]

Thrifty in New York: Housing Works

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 15, 2012
Its been years since I went to a Thrift store. OK, only a year or two. I had to redress that and what better place to do it ladies & gentlemen than in the great city of New York? Like I’ve said before, eternal gratitude goes to Anna Hezel of Cup & Hammer, and Food52 for making me cotton […]

See What Heaven Sent….

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 15, 2012
Good evening, America. Looked what heaven sent, right before Christmas.

Lunch At Kalustyan’s

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 13, 2012
I am on the train to Grand Central, refreshed by winter’s air and shine. Heading to Kalustyan’s for Lunch. Its amazing how I’m loving the cold. When we moved away from The Netherlands, my husband and I agreed there would be no more winter holidays, no snow, no ice….no freezing cold. At least for the next […]