Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Nice - OGC Nice vs Napoli football "friendly" at Allianz Riviera

There is a reason I say "friendly" - there were 5 goals, multiple fights and a sending off. What else could you ask for from a match? A friendly! I hate to imagine what a competitive match between Nice and Naples would look like.....

We decided to go as our friends and master pizza makers over at Les Amoureux had said that we had to go to a Napoli match together and I was informed by a Neapolitan on Facebook about this match as I somehow now seem to belong to the Italians of Nice (maybe because my last name is Italian?) Any how, when we saw we could get tickets for 25 EUR we went for it. We had a decent view, well, we were in the middle of the action down in row 1 but we couldn't always tell exactly what was happening at all times (don't even try and understand if it was offside down the other end for example) but we could see the players up close and personal and we felt the excitement.


It was the first time I had been up to the new stadium the Allianz Riviera (was this the one that had been delayed due to "too much corruption"? Because a decent level of corruption is to be expected after all...


It looks like a UFO but it is actually quite a nice stadium!


Monday, 3 August 2015

Meatless Monday - Vegan Middle Eastern Mezze

For a change, this is a Meatless Monday that isn't pasta or a tart! You must be so proud of me :) well, you shouldn't be, it was all my husband's doing :) But I am proud of him and you can be too of course!

So what did my darling husband do? He made all sorts of vegan mezze for us! They were all lovely and read on for more info.


What did he make? Well obviously flat bread, but with roasted red and yellow peppers, a take on baba ganoush, mushrooms in a lemony oil sauce, parsley salad inspired by Cukur Meyhane in Istanbul and roasted tomatoes with zaatar. All gorgeous. 


Read on for more info....

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Home Cooking - Sri Lankan Chicken Curry Pastry

I was home alone for a few days and decided to experiment based on an idea my husband had for a Sri Lankan curry inspired pie, which I turned into a Sri Lankan curry pastry / puff. It was quite a win if I may say so myself :) Relatively easy and doesn't even take that long and tastes great!



It wasn't an authentic Sri Lankan curry to be fair, it was the Southern Chicken curry from a Madhur Jaffrey recipe book called Curry Easy. You fry off onions (I used two) with brown mustard seeds, cumin seeds, salt and pepper. You will also need ginger, garlic, curry leaves, red dried chili and coconut milk plus some curry powder mix and some paprika. This is what it looks like:


I then realised that it was too watery when I tried to make it into a pastry! So I fixed it by cooking the coconut milk down further and I added a little corn flour to the mix to make the sauce thicken.


Friday, 31 July 2015

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Zaragoza - Taberna Dona Casta for gorgeous croquetas

When reading up on Zaragoza, Taberna Dona Casta kept coming up in so many recommendations so we had to add it to our foodie itinerary. And we did. Twice! YUMMMM. You have never really eaten croquetas until you eat them at Dona Casta. G doesn't even normally really like croquetas (he says it is the béchamel he is averse to) but he adored these as much as I did.


Dona Casta is famous for croquetas but they also do other things. During our visits we managed to try 4 different types (G 3, me just 1) leaving us 6 more to hopefully try in the future. Here is the Dona Casta croqueta menu with some creative combos like blood sausage with pine nuts or black squid rice with ali oli.


A collage of our gorgeous Dona Casta croquetas :)


So which did we have?

Monday, 27 July 2015

Meatless Monday - Courgette & Mozzarella Tart

This is one of my new favourite quick tasty vegetarian meals that can be easily done on a work night. Courgette and Mozzarella tart. It does rely on proper ingredients though as it is super simple. I use a really nice flaky pastry, trompette courgettes (LOVE THEM), a good mozzarella (I would usually say use buffalo if you can) and a nice sea salt plus a good freshly ground pepper if you can.


More info further on :)

Saturday, 25 July 2015

6 months after leaving Singapore, how is life in Nice?

I would like to preface this post by saying this is my opinion, my life, my experience. So please don't take any offence at what I have to say, your views will of course be different based on what is best for you.

The first month or so was hard I will admit. I had a birthday within a couple of weeks of being back, in the darkest coldest part of winter and I was feeling very sad, something not very normal for me. I really struggled. I missed my friends and colleagues and just felt lonely, even though my lovely husband was doing his best to cheer me up. Repatriation is not the easiest thing, especially for someone like me who thrives on the new and unknown. And I felt that a lot of our friends had moved away, or moved out of the centre of town, had kids and generally they all had their lives that we hadn't yet found our new place in. It was hard.

But as soon as the days started noticeably getting longer, and I found more of a rhythm with our friends, and I generally adjusted, things got a lot better and now overall I would say I am very happy with our decision to move back.

Before I left Singapore I wrote a post about what I was looking forward to in Nice and what I thought I would miss from my life in Singapore. I wanted to do a checkpoint 6 months later on where things stand on what I miss from Singapore and what I enjoy here in Nice.

What did I think I would miss?

Food

Singapore....

Yes, I do miss just how easy it is to get all types of food in restaurants, hawker centres etc. I especially miss Little India! I could murder a masala dosai! I really really miss it! It was so close to our house and we would wander down to Komala Vilas for a gorgeous Southern Indian lunch. I also miss Khansama which we could have delivered, such great quality Northern Indian food. Their samosas and their chilli pakoras.... amazing!

Komala Vila's rawa masala dosai

Delivery from Khansama
I also miss Thai food, my lunch at work from Rochor Centre was usually a Pad Thai and I really miss it. There are some Thai places but nowhere near as cheap and good value for money with high quality for a good price like Jai Thai.


Friday, 24 July 2015

Homecooking - Chicken Samosas with Filo Pastry

My husband is away for work which can lead to one of two things. Either I sit on the sofa and avoid cooking as I don't particularly like cooking for just one person... or I start experimenting! And this time I went for experimentation.

I am dreadful at following recipes, I get inspired by them and then decide they are missing loads of ingredients and they are doing things wrong and I go a bit freestyle. This recipe I found on the back of the filo pastry pack (Brick in French) and it was a bit simple for my taste, just onion, chicken, peas, and curry powder with salt and pepper. I decided it was missing ginger, garlic, chilli and cashew nuts plus a range of spices and mint and coriander. Plus I failed at making it into triangles!


Read on...

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