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Towards building a passion in cooking

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Passion for cooking comes from my love for food. Cooking with desire, the aromas from a bustling kitchen all stem up from early memories, perhaps as far back as my childhood. Whether it was the warmth and comfort from my mum’s kitchen, that intoxicating smell of fresh food, or the sizzling sounds from a hot pan, it crept under our skin with a fire in our souls and created a craving in our hearts, that was here to linger on forever.
Cooking is love made visible. Let fear not take over to make a mistake, encounter trials. Failure is inevitable in all that we do and cooking is no different.

Being comfortable in the kitchen is the key to making this whole process work, but you do not have to be a super chef with fancy knives to prepare a wonderful meal. Ease out the cooking process down into its elements with basic cooking techniques combining simple recipes with different tastes and textures, tingling from the culinary culture to creativity coupled with variations, easy pots and pans, k…

Towards building a passion in cooking.

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Passion for cooking comes from my love for food. Cooking with desire, the aromas from a bustling kitchen all stem up from early memories, perhaps as far back as my childhood. Whether it was the warmth and comfort from my mum’s kitchen, that intoxicating smell of fresh food, or the sizzling sounds from a hot pan, it crept under our skin with a fire in our souls and created a craving in our hearts, that was here to linger on forever.

Cooking is love made visible. Let fear not take over to make a mistake, encounter trials. Failure is inevitable in all that we do and cooking is no different

Being comfortable in the kitchen is the key to making this whole process work, but you do not have to be a super chef with fancy knives to prepare a wonderful meal. Ease out the cooking process down into its elements with basic cooking techniques combining simple recipes with different tastes and textures, tingling from the culinary culture to creativity coupled with variations, easy pots and pans, kn…

Weekends with home chefs #2 - Santa Fonseka

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Here comes the second edition of our brand new series "Weekends with home chefs".

This week we are introducing to you Santa Fonseka a really talented, dedicated home chef. I don't want to elaborate on her work, but you will be amazed seeing them. Here we go.. Introduce yourself – tell us a bit about you.
I am Santa Fonseka, PR Executive by day and cake artist in the evenings. Family and friends call me San. I do custom cakes from home and you can find my page on facebook which goes by the name ‘San Bakes’. The name itself has come from the reactions of friends and family who know that I’m quite capable of burning a salad..but to all the unbelievable questions… San Bakes? I am saying yes…San Bakes!

I grew up in the Dubai although I am from the city of Dum Biryani, which is Hyderabad, India! I am married to a Sri Lankan and hence my last name. I have 2 extremely naughty but awesome kids and my 9 year old son is my biggest critic although it’s very easy to understand if I …

How to select fresh fruits from supermarkets? Series #3

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If picking a ripe and fresh fruits feels like a completely daunting task, I can assure you that you're not alone. Sometimes this choice feels more like a leap of faith, where you cross your fingers and hope for the best.
But there are ways to discover the sweetest, ripest, juiciest fruits, and to pluck them from the heap.

Here's how I pick the best fruits. Peaches How to ChooseSmell the fruit. The peach is a member of the rose family and should have a pleasingly sweet fragrance.Look for a creamy gold to yellow under color. The red or "blush" of a peach is an indication of variety, not ripeness.Peaches should be soft to the touch but not mushy. Don't squeeze peaches; they bruise easily. AvoidVery hard or firm, red with green base color Very soft, mushy, with flat bruises or pale to dark tan spots. Pears
How to ChoosePress a finger gently into the top of the pear just where the stem joins the fruit. If it just starts to give there, the fruit is ripe. Don't buy …

How to select fresh fruits from supermarkets? Series #2

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If picking a ripe and fresh fruits feels like a completely daunting task, I can assure you that you're not alone. Sometimes this choice feels more like a leap of faith, where you cross your fingers and hope for the best.
But there are ways to discover the sweetest, ripest, juiciest fruits, and to pluck them from the heap.
Here's how I pick the best fruits. Grapes
How to ChooseHold a bunch by the stem. Shake gently - if grapes drop off the stem, they have been in storage for too long. If the grapes are firmly attached, are plump and bright, they are fresh. AvoidSoftWrinkledLeaky grapes with brown, dry stemsGrapes with bleached stem ends.
Kiwis
How to ChooseChoose kiwis with flesh that yields slightly to pressure. To check this, hold the kiwi between your thumb and forefinger, and gently squeeze or apply pressure. A ripe kiwi at the peak of its sweetness will be a little soft and will give slightly to the pressure If the kiwi feels a little too tough and does not yield to the g…

How to select fruits from supermarkets? Series #1

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If picking a ripe and fresh fruits feels like a completely daunting task, I can assure you that you're not alone. Sometimes this choice feels more like a leap of faith, where you cross your fingers and hope for the best.

But there are ways to discover the sweetest, ripest, juiciest fruits, and to pluck them from the heap.

Here's how I pick the best fruits.
Mangoes
How to ChooseDon't focus on colorSqueeze the mango gentlyMangoes become softer as they ripen.Ripe mangos will sometimes have a fruity aroma at their stem ends.The red color that appears on some varieties is not an indicator of ripeness. AvoidHard, Shriveled, mushy with bruises, Rot or black spots, Fruit that is all green. Bananas
How to Choose Smell the banana and pay attention for a mildewed, moldy or rotten scent. A bad scent usually means the banana is rotten, either inside, outside or both.Examine the skin. Look for mostly yellow skins with a few brown spots. Some browning usually means the bananas are just r…

9 Healthy fresh fishes available in Dubai stores

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The heat of the summer makes seafood a great choice for lunch. These ideas include cold seafood recipes and seafood platters that are easy to prepare in advance, as well as cooked seafood recipes.

In Dubai we can buy all kind of seafood, both imported and locally produced / harvested. Here is a list of the most healthy fishes easily available in almost all supermarkets.
1. Mackerels
Mackerel is one of the most widely consumed fish variety in India. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids and high amount of proteins, eating this fish provides a wide range of health benefits. Here are the top 6 reasons you should start eating mackerel
Prevents heart diseaseLowers risk of diabetesControls blood pressure levelsReduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritisImproves cognitive functionIncreases survival chance of bowel cancer patients Mackerel is one of the very few natural sources containing good amounts of vitamin D which most people in Dubai lack.
2. Salmons
Just two servings of salmon each week may re…

7 Best foodie movies ever !

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1. Julie & Julia In 1949, the diplomat Paul Child and his wife Julia are expatriated to France. In Paris, the bored Julia decides to learn how to cook and later to write a book teaching American housewives how to cook French cuisine. In 2002, the frustrated secretary of a government agency Julie and her husband, the editor Eric Powell, move to an apartment in Queens over a pizzeria. Julie is an aspirant writer and loves to cook and her husband suggests her to write a blog to spend her leisure time. Julie decides to write a blog about cooking and commits herself to cook the 534 recipes written by Julia Child in her book in 365 days.
2. Chef A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.
3. Toast The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain. 4. Big Night A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save…

Weekends with home chefs #1 - Dahara Malawaraarachchi

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This week we are featuring Dahara Malawaraarachchi, a homemaker and mother of two adorable kids.
Dahara specialises in making custom designer cakes for all occasions including birthdays, weddings and other events. She also bakes cupcakes and a wide range of cookies to make any occasion more fun and colourful.

Here goes the interview:  Introduce yourself – tell us a bit about you. Dahara's Cakes & Bakes, a family owned and operated home based bakery, best-known for it’s anything-is-possible approach to baking. I specialise in Mucking Amazing designer cakes for all occasions, as well as a range of fun and bright cupcakes, petit fours, cookies and other yummies.
Where does your passion for cooking come from?  I started a customer care career at age 21, right after leaving the school. I specialised in modern art & Interior design. I had a great passion for cooking After moving to Dubai I started a new career cooking, making cakes for family & friends. She fell in love wit…

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