The deed was done; the chook’s neck was wrung. Actually her jugular was cut and neck broken, but more on that later. The important point is that i slaughtered a chicken (under professional tutelage), then plucked, guttered, butchered and poached her thin frame. I shredded her flesh and turned into Shawarma — a Middle Eastern dish — with the help of a plethora of spices and some lugs of olive oil. I ate her — wrapped in flat bread slathered in humous, with sliced ripe tomatoes and peppery home-grown rocket — standing by my kitchen bench. My personal standing ovation to this hard working girl. Continue reading
Category Archives: Gastronomic Travels
- Robuchon au Dome, Macau, China
- Waku Ghin, Singapore
- L’Atelier HK, China
- Iggy’s, Singapore
- Mozaic, Bali, Indonesia Continue reading
Tetsuya Wakuda has proven what many Australians have known for a long time: he’s one of the best chefs in the Asia region.
What do you get if you put Tetsuya Wakuda, one of Australia’s finest chefs, at a market stall in Monaco piled high with fresh mushrooms? Answer: the culinary incarnation of a kid in a candy shop.
So it was at a pop-up producers’ market orchestrated by chef Alain Ducasse to showcase the local suppliers of his restaurant Le Louis XV, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Tetsuya was my impromptu guide; the mushroom stall of Hugou Dumas our first stop. Straw-coloured chanterelles, blushing cèpes, peach-hued lactaires de riez and black trompettes were still lightly dusted in the earth from which they had recently been plucked. Read the full article.
A hotel that doesn’t charge for items taken from the mini bar (excluding alcohol), and stocks a superb range of chocolate and chips, is a good sign. A hotel that stocks an ample supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in the mini bar is even better.
So it was shame that i visited the Athenaeum hotel in London’s leafy Mayfair during the British winter when ice cream wasn’t really on my “to eat” list.
However, afternoon tea was on that list — unashamedly right at the top — so that’s where i started once i’d checked in and checked out my fabulous suite overlooking Green Park, which leads straight to Buckingham Palace. Continue reading