Deliciously Easy Curry Base

These ingredients for the base of the curry gave pretty good results and it was quick to put together. My guests kept filling up their plates. I was surprised how much they enjoyed the curry.

Ghee or Coconut Oil
Curry Powder
Chilli Powder
Fresh Ginger
Albert’s Victorian Chutney (Baxters)
Coconut Milk
Organic Vegetable Stock (Amandin) – I buy it at Organic Foods and Cafe as well as their delicious Organic Oriental Stock (Amandin).


Fry the onions in ghee or coconut oil. Half way through frying the onions, add the garlic, ginger and spices; stirring continuously till the onions are soft. Empty the onion mixture into a bowl before browning the meat in all the deliciousness and fragrant juices that have been left behind.

Using a slow cooker for curries and stews results in tender meat but since mine is quite big I occasionally use a pot with lid over and allow the curry to cook over a low heat; it barely sees a simmer.

Cooking your curry in a pot
Transfer the onion mixture, stock and your meat of choice into a pot and leave to simmer gently for an hour or until the meat is soft and tender before adding vegetables to cook through. Sweet potato or butternut is a delicious addition to this curry base.

Cooking your curry in a slow cooker
Add vegetables of choice (sweet potato or butternut is my favorite with this recipe) to the bottom of the slow cooker with the meat on top, also add the onion mixture and stock.

Add the coconut milk 10 minutes before serving.


I often make combinations that are simply delicious, only to forget the next time around what ingredients I used; sometimes it’s the method. Believe me, my culinary adventures don’t always produce the best results but there are moments of pure genius. This recipe is here so that you can try if you want to and for me to keep track so I can make it again

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Loving 360 degrees at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

An amazing venue at the end of a pier that has won my heart and swooned my taste buds. This circular restaurant has a rooftop lounge, a must see for visitors to Dubai this is most definitely a place to go for a few drinks or Saturday brunch with uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab and a magical sunset over the ocean. There is also a DJ cranking out good chill-out tunes which pickup in pace as the night goes on.

T: +971 55 500 8518

Where it started, Madinat Jumeirah – Dubai

Why didn’t my completed version save after clicking update??? I just lost a piece of my soul. Just spent 3 hours on a piece and this is all I am left with…

Another day to remember not just because I was being spoiled by G, he is simply always the gentlest and sweetest human being alive and every day spent with him is a treat. We have taken a trip to Madinat Jumeirah. It is 3 months since I’ve been back in Dubai after many years of exploring other places. This is a magical place for me and my favorite place in Dubai to date. It brings back nostalgic memories of my first visit to Dubai. It was my first night, freshly showered after a long flight from London Heathrow in what I think was 2007, I was taxied off to Madinat Jumeirah with V. I don’t remember the pubs name, I’m sure she would, but I was already loving Dubai and knew that one day I wanted to live in this city and here I am.

Brunch at Girders Garden

I hope Time Out magazine’s comment about it being, ‘a brunch that comes with a heavy dose of spit and sawdust’, is only a figurative perception.

It got a score of 3 out of 5.


Appears to be a festive place. Food and beverage reviews are not fantastic but it looks like a great outdoor venue for summer.

Advert spotted in a Time Out Dubai magazine supplement, Best of Brunch edition 2014.


JA Ocean View Hotel
The Walk, JBR
T: 971 4 814 5599

Friday is Braai Day Brunch at The Grand Grill

It might be the advert of a guy covered in soot and a shirt with burn holes, while wheedling a pair of BBQ tongs that warms my soul but this is one brunch I don’t want to miss.

It also seems to have won the What’sOn award for Favorite Brunch, Dubai (below dhs400)

The Grand Grill Steakhouse
T: +971 4 399 4221

Advert spotted in a Time Out Dubai magazine supplement, Best of Brunch edition 2014