Beginner’s Choice: Bread of the Three Kings

Sara, who was an exchange student in Singapore and who has returned to Spain, was inspired by Elena to bake. (Featured image is Elena’s Roscon de Reyes) Sara sent photos of the traditional Roscon de Reyes she baked, which is a sort of sweet bread which resembles a crown. Roscon de Reyes is served onContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Bread of the Three Kings”

Home Traditions: A Salad A Day

By Andrea Pavee One of my “unresolved” resolutions for 2023 was to eat healthy. “Unresolved” because I had not firmed it up as yet…it was just floating out there. But somehow, after we returned from our holiday, I started whipping up salads. Now salads, and by extension, vegetables, were not a firm favourite of mineContinue reading “Home Traditions: A Salad A Day”

Home Traditions: Juicy, Roast Chicken

By Andrea Pavee Happy New Year! Here’s hoping the year ahead will be filled with many good things, joys and blessings all around. Having had a good break over the Christmas holidays, I was raring to get started cooking again. To ease into it, I opted for a simple roast chicken. Chicken is a wonderfullyContinue reading “Home Traditions: Juicy, Roast Chicken”

Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations

New beginnings As we start a new year, we look forward to new adventures and ventures. Yesterday I came across a documentary about a nineteen-year-old boy in Thailand, who has to work very hard to buy rice to feed his family. He is working to support himself and is determined to finish school so thatContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Simple Celebrations”

Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas

A cake for Christmas is quite appropriate because Christmas is a birthday celebration. Mothers have a central role in birthdays as they are the ones who gave birth to the birthday celebrants. Mothers also have a major role in deciding the menu for family celebrations. My mother decided that we will not have turkey thisContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Mary’s Christmas”

Beginner’s Choice: A Taste of the Rustic Life

Adventure abounds Human beings are born with a sense of adventure. We long to see and experience new things. When my nephew was a little boy he used to ask my brother: “Where are we going Papa?” and my brother would answer: “On an adventure”. I didn’t know if that meant that my brother didn’tContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: A Taste of the Rustic Life”

Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments

It’s already December 2022 and time to look back on another year that has gone by. We will no doubt find memories of sweet moments and not-so-sweet moments, and celebrate the fact that for there to be a picture there has to be light and shade. I remember a funny scene (perhaps from Sesame Street)Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Sweet and Savoury Moments”

Beginner’s Choice: Friends, Food and Fun

Food diplomacy The week has gone by quickly in the world that has been bustling with events from meetings of world leaders to the World Cup. Serious business is usually followed by the sharing of a meal at a banquet or a cocktail reception, where the mood is lighter and the host takes the occasionContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Friends, Food and Fun”

Family Traditions: Easy Oxtail Stew

By Andrea Pavee Last week as I was out doing the groceries, I decided on impulse (not always a good thing), to get a few trays of oxtail to make the stew which has been, for generations, our family’s ultimate comfort food. With everything rising from global stagflation, this could be an option for aContinue reading Family Traditions: Easy Oxtail Stew

Beginner’s Choice: The World of Curries and Soups

Dry curry My friend Anna cooked an Indian dry potato and cabbage curry dish and had Foodpanda deliver it to cheer us up last week. Those of us who were on medical leave certainly appreciated the kind detail. We tried to work out what spices were in the dish. I found a recipe online. TheContinue reading Beginner’s Choice: The World of Curries and Soups