Learning to cook with a local, Meenu

We’ve already established I have a new Indian BFF – Meenu – and this is where I met her. She runs a little cooking school in the beautiful lake-side town of Udaipur, Rajasthan.

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The Winner Takes It All: Meatballs and Abba in Sweden’s capital

When a friend of mine won a competition to take 49 friends to Sweden on a private plane, I didn’t need to be asked twice. It was revealed that a ticket to the newly opened Abba museum was included, and I got my vocal chords and limbs ready for some serious performing.

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The original juice bar: ganne ka ras in Rajasthan

On an afternoon stroll around Udaipur with Meenu (my Indian BFF) and her husband, we escaped the heat in favour of some sweet refreshment.

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Hallowe’en at the eccentric Fanny’s Farm Shop

That time of year again, and I am casting my mind back to 2012… I went to quirky Fanny’s Farm Shop in Surrey for my Hallowe’en supplies; nice for a browse and a cup of tea, I recommend you pop in if you’re passing.

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South Indian breakfast in Tooting

With my impending trip to India in only a few weeks, I started (did I ever stop? No) reminiscing about my last visit and all the amazing South Indian food.

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Cóctel cerveza Mexicana: La michelada

The michelada is summer 2013 obsession of mine. Why have a beer when you can transform it into a spicy, refreshing, healthy (yeah right) michelada at the shake of a tabasco bottle.

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Time on your hands? Make a rendang

Making rendang is not difficult, but it takes precisely 60 times as long to cook it as it does to eat it (yes, I timed and calculated that). Not the best cooking–eating time ratio. I overcame hunger by popping out for battered sausage and chips (bad planning)… and the rendang made for a lovely Monday packed lunch instead.

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Home-made alfajor-inspired ice cream

Three weeks in Argentina whetted my appetite for alfajores. 6 months later, I decided to throw lots of ingredients into a bowl in the hope that they resembled ice cream made in the style of an alfajor – and I think it kinda worked.

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When the West Indies spiced up the Lake District

During the 17th Century the cuisine of the Lake District got a kick. Previously a relatively remote part of England with limited resources, the growth of the port of Whitehaven and importation of goods from the West Indies made it stand out.

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Thirst quenching in the Brazilian heat

I had a whistle-stop 1.5 days in Rio de Janeiro, during which I sat on Copacabana beach in my bikini, Barry Manilow playing (in my head), and refreshed myself in the 40°C heat with regular açaí berry smoothies…

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