Here's my latest piece for Riverside Journals magazine, about Kinloch Lodge in Scotland:
Other-worldly Kinloch Lodge nurtures the gourmand in you, soothing you...
Being half Turkish Cypriot, I have a vested interest in learning as much as I can about the Turkish culture, that’s why the ‘Patara’ stand, at the recent ‘Destinations’ event held in London, caught my eye. I’d never heard of the town Patara before. Little did I know, that the birthplace of the real Santa Claus – St Nicholas, home to only nomads up until 25 years ago and the longest, most stunning white-sandy beach in the entire Mediterranean, would leave ...
My To Eat List
Bobotie - considered the national dish, fruity curried mince with an egg custard topping
Braai - South African for BBQ - synonymous with their culture
Biltong - cured dried raw meat
Boerewors - sausages
Pap - mielie-meal, similar to polenta, crumbly harder version; Krummelpap
Chakalaka - spicy vegetables
Bunny Chow - a bread loaf filled with meat curry
Vetkoek - fried dough bread filled with beef mince
Koeksister - doughnuts soaked in lemony syrup
Springbok & Kudu - interestingly, even though indigenous, when the health benefits ...
*Purifies and cleanses the body
*Helps digestion and relieves gas
I must confess fresh turmeric, which is part of the Zingiberaceae (ginger) family, is something I’m only starting to embrace more-so now...having spotted it a few weekends ago whilst ‘exotic’ food shopping. A past time I relish often. The benefits of turmeric first came to light when my cousin’s father sadly got cancer - his amazing dedicated son moved heaven and earth looking for everything possible to alleviate the ...
Molohiya is both the name of the meal and the leaves, best described as akin to spinach although that really doesn't do it justice. It’s not uncommon for the floors of Cypriot village houses to be scattered with fresh molihiya leaves (naturally laying on a clean sheet!) left to dry. However, the leaves can also be bought already dried in bags from most supermarkets in Cyprus and Arabic countries, as well as from similar shops found in London. Long hot summer ...
Colour therapist Lilian Verner-Bonds from the International Association of Colour (iac-colour.co.uk) says “the key colour to focus on when pursuing happiness is yellow. Yellow is connected to the mind: it controls the intellect, it beckons you to get your priorities right. Yellow reminds you – ‘as you think, so you become’”. So – eat yellow food (lemons), wear yellow and decorate with yellow (I am thinking a beautiful bowl of lemons?!)...
There isn’t much hard science relating to how different colours affect ...
What a rush, since my book launch on the 11th Dec, it’s been all go...A long time coming, and then it was Christmas Day and then New Year! The weeks have flown by. I wanted to share some photographs and a few words starting with the launch event. Firstly I want to thank the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Centre London, who provided the venue for my launch on recommendation from the supportive Turkish Cypriot embassy, who also donated some yummy traditional ...