Down Memory Lane – A Visual Walk Through The Dubai Spices Souks

by Kitchen Butterflyon February 29, 2016
Dubai. Still in my head. The spice souks…oh, what joy to see beauty, colour and fragrance packed in bags and beautifully displayed in aisles and on stall shelves. Here is a photo ‘summary’ of the delights. Flowers – a variety Dried flowers, often used in tea are very common in the spice souks. The bright, […]

Golden Turmeric Milk

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 22, 2015
A few mornings ago, I made some delicious golden turmeric milk. Thank you @afolakea. Turmeric has so many glowing nutritional qualities – from being an awesome antioxidant to boosting immune health and on and on and on. I believe. I heated milk with cloves, green cardamom, grated fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, brown sugar and almonds. […]

The Anatomy of Fresh Turmeric

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 19, 2015
The rhizomes – small tubers – of Turmeric remind me of Jerusalem artichokes and ginger at the same time, smaller though. There are a few differences I’ve observed –  Difference 1 – Anatomy The skin has more ribs than that of ginger and the rhizomes are generally smaller in size.  Difference 2 – Colour We […]

Food Photo Love: Carob Pods

by Kitchen Butterflyon October 8, 2015
Carob – Locust beans, Ceratonia siliqua, used in many forms, as replacement for cocoa powder and as a gelling agent. Not to be confused with the African locust bean, Parkia biglobosa (Iru, Une, Dawadawa) – different plants altogether. I spotted the thick pods in the spice souk in Dubai…in December and marvelled at the almost crystalline core. I […]

Spices & Abras Sailing on the Creeks of Dubai

by Kitchen Butterflyon December 29, 2014
We took an abra on a warm morning across the Dubai creek, from Bur Dubai to Deira with my friend, Lara of A Life on a Plate. We met up with Sally of My Custard Pie later and enjoyed a nice enough lunch on the Creek. An abra (Arabic: عبرة‎ abra) is a traditional boat […]

Weekend Wonders: Cardamom – Green, White and Black

by Kitchen Butterflyon November 9, 2013
This Weekend Wonder is dedicated to Cardamom and Deception.  Sweet. Deeply aromatic. Mentholated. Cooling spice. Beguiling. Exotic. Heady scents. Complex, Intensely aromatic, sweet, complex, spicy, beguiling, heady. Intoxicating. Complex, of citrus, peppers, flora and herbs. Bringing intrigue. Delivering depth.  Resinous. Deception. That feeling of being let down. Lied to. Treated with malicious intent.

La Boite a Epice, and Lior Lev Sercarz

by Kitchen Butterflyon August 23, 2013
Something Old fragrant trails & paths of old paved by silk, saffron and peppercorns Something New The alchemy of touch and taste, to produce memories, nostalgia (salt on cheeks), feeling, moment, heart Something Borrowed From spice racks, the world’s own, seeds, nuts and berries are drawn. Old familiars: nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. And new ones too: […]

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 […]

Kalustyan’s, New York

by Kitchen Butterflyon June 26, 2012
We finally leave 5th avenue, and Eataly and walk east to Lexington avenue. Once Niv and I arrive, I walk around in stunned silence. I don’t know the definition of superstore, nor can I be bothered to look it up. But assuming words were open to interpretation, and I say they are…. I would call […]