People often ask where I get my ideas from and pass comments about ‘how creative I am’. Truth is, it’s a direct function of surrounding myself or being surrounded with material – fodder for the creations. These ideas are almost always a progression, a building on a pre-existing tennet, foundation – I’m very much of the school of ‘look […]
Pawpaw. Papaya. Suited to sweet.and savoury preparations. Spiralised Pawpaw. Fruit & Tea. Bruleed Toast. By now, you would know I have OCD. Compulsiveness in most of my ways. Like when I discover a new ingredient or see it in new light. You must know that I become consumed with it, using, learning, smelling, tasting, photographing […]
I love Pawpaw. Love. I may not have it often but I’ll often go on a spree, not shopping mind you but cooking with it. Whether Salsa, or Chutney or Sauteed, I’ve come to love it. See the crunchy golden bottoms; the soft, craggy tops, the aroma of vanilla, lime and warmth…Thank you, Jesus. This […]
Yep, scent leaves again. And again, and again. This time, they walk the sweet route in a beautiful dessert. I took inspiration from basil-poached nectarines which were delicious a few years ago – this is no exception. The essence? Fruit poached in a spiced, herby sugar syrup. I’ve been fascinated by pawpaw – the wholesomeness of […]
This was the point of the lime marmalade…but it was TOO bitter. Even to feature, not less star in the dish. Thankfully, I had some great, store-bought orange marmalade which took its rightful place at the table. This is another recipe from Zina. This time though, she cooked. Baked it. For us.
For when you can’t eat. Two pains I cannot fathom or explain – heartbreak and toothache. Are they really necessary for life, growth, healing? I wonder. I had an impacted wisdom tooth extracted last Monday. It’s not something I’d like to repeat. Or wish on my worst enemy. Now I understand what my friend Joy […]
I love the very idea of combining fruit and savoury flavours, especially in the way Asian cuisine knows how. I’ve watched Luke Nguyen cook with ingredients that are tropical and easy to find in Nigeria. But cook with them in a way so different, so foreign and appealing in that way ‘exotic’ cuisine is.