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Stretchy, Super-Cool, Turkish Ice Cream!

Stretchy, Super-Cool, Turkish Ice Cream!

Turkish ice cream is different. Not just because, in the tourist towns, there are men in costumes working magic tricks with it for the kids. Though that’s pretty special. “Opa!” they cry, as they whisk a wodge of icecream away from the cone, leaving a […]

It’s Samphire Season!

It’s Samphire Season!

Samphire is up there with artichokes as a plant that doesn’t look like it was meant to be eaten, and with fiddlehead ferns as one of the most satisfying plants to forage. And, despite some abysmal weather, samphire season is well underway in the UK. […]

Bedouin Fish

Bedouin Fish

When you think of the Bedouin, nomadic people who’ve been roaming the deserts of Arabia for well over five thousand years by most counts, the last dish you’d think of would be fish. Let alone fish with vegetables! But many Bedouin in coastal regions have […]

I Don’t Know You, But I Blame You Very Much

I Don’t Know You, But I Blame You Very Much

Somebody, somewhere in Beirut – and that someone probably knows who he is – has been doing a lot of cocktail training. And that somebody, somewhere, who’s done a lot of cocktail training should not ever, ever, ever be allowed behind a bar again. Anywhere […]

Pepe’s Fishing Club, Byblos, Lebanon

Pepe’s Fishing Club, Byblos, Lebanon

Back in the glory days of Lebanon, the 1960s and the 1970s, before civil war made the place a wasteland for decades, Byblos, an ancient city on the Mediterranean coast was the Middle East’s answer to Saint Tropez. And, looking at its pretty harbour — […]

On Fat-Tailed Sheep

On Fat-Tailed Sheep

It’s no secret that our appetites shape the animals around us. Compare the snout of a wild boar, long and slender for the quest for food, its tusks and its lean, well-muscled frame with the porkers bred for fat, their snouts a mere stub, their […]

In Pursuit of the Inedible

In Pursuit of the Inedible

I’ve always had what you might call an adaptable palate – as a child, my family called me the “human dustbin”. So when I travel, I actively seek out not just the delicious and the interesting, but the grotesque, transgressive, the culturally unusual… On some […]

Consider Cloves

Consider Cloves

It’s hard to imagine that an everyday ingredient in the spice rack could once have been worth almost its weight in gold. Yet cloves, just like peppercorns, were more valuable than silver back in their day. And these little dried flower buds, native to the […]

You Say Sichuan, I Say Szechwan…

You Say Sichuan, I Say Szechwan…

It’s a truism, but worth repeating, that until you’ve been to China, you haven’t experienced Chinese food. Tender, juicy Beijing duck bears no relationship to the dried out critters served in the West; chopped pineapple and weird battery things do not feature ANYWHERE; and there’s […]

Marmite XO — A Luxury Marmite!

Marmite XO — A Luxury Marmite!

Marmite, like oysters and stinky tofu, is a substance that tends to polarise people, if not actually horrify them. Salty, yeasty and often served on hot, buttered toast, it should never (but often is) be visually confused with chocolate spread. Marmite is, like pavlova, the […]