Life in Italy has been interesting! Last night, we had a small dinner gathering; four of us, from Istanbul, New York, London and Paris, who have been living here in Italy for different periods. Inevitably the conversation turned to a discussion of the very different outlooks here compared to where we all come from respectively. While many things may be ambiguous, one thing is very certain - food here is ah-mazing!!! It rocks my socks off everyday and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of the regional Italian food.
And, in that spirit, today's recipe is one of my favorites. One I remembered today because today is market day and this was made on the last weekend market day I spent in NYC in September! :) Read More
In class recently, we discussed "Flavor" as an objective tool and how to measure it as a function of certain parameters. Our professor, Peter Klosse, a restauranteur and academician, argued that if you can separate Flavor the object from Flavor the experience then we can create a language of understanding that can unite and bring together people! What a wonderfully fascinating idea??!! I was really taken by that concept of using science to find a way to connect and hope to explore it more...
Anyway, ice cream was one of the examples that we choose to look into.... Read More
I promised you some news and I am finally ready to share. I am in Italy. Living it, breathing it, studying it, embracing it, learning to love it! No, not as as a tourist but as a resident and student.... While I am here, I am hoping to continue keeping this blog up on a relatively regular schedule. But, if I fall off the wagon, it is only because I am somewhere where there is no internet digging up the real story of Balsamic Vinegar or have in head buried in figuring how to make your kitchen connect with you and make your life easier... Read More
Rice crackers schmeared with garlic scape pesto and then topped with Tea Cured Salmon, and boiled eggs! Snacking made easy, fast, cheap and healthy! In the latest issue of NOURISHED magazine(BOUNTY), I share a recipe for curing salmon at home. What I love about doing that is how easy it is, taking all of 10 minutes, and then how cheap it is! Read More
Despite my less than ideal outlook on Abu Dhabi, by this time, at the newness of the whole place, my first impression of the mosque was awe.. at its grandeur, it's pristine whiteness, it's immeasurable serene countenance. I made a quick tour of it as I was getting late for my tour. I wish I could have spent more time just sitting and meditating there. It was certainly the place for quiet contemplation.
Before, I even start describing the Evening Desert Safari experience, let me quickly summarise! If you do anything in Abu Dhabi for any number of days, put this on your itinerary. Read More