July 31, 2011

Hummus - Yummy Garbanzo Bean Dip

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And the happiest thing is that it is so simple, this creamy dish of satisfyingly bright and earthy flavours full of the mystery of the orient.  It is a distinct taste that you will remember fondly. Finished and delightfully swirled in its pretty dish, a dusting of bright red paprika on top with a final splash of fruity virgin olive oil, it always proves irresistible to passers-by who, grabbing bread, pita, crackers or even freshly made chapatis, dive in for a scoop after scoop after scoop.

July 19, 2011

Pickled Mackerel - Fish in a Jar

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In Hong Kong people don't like the mackerel. "Ah ya, too oily!" I overhear the ladies at the wet market cackle noisily amongst themselves. So whenever fresh mackerel appear they linger long atop the wet market's makeshift styrofoam tables even though they are priced dirt cheap. Shining fresh fish rows, glittering their silver gray stripes under hanging bare bulbs.