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Bean fest

When it comes to cannellini dishes, being healthy doesn't mean compromising on taste.

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 11:30pm


It felt like I had died and gone to healthy heaven. I was at the Natural Products Expo Asia held a fortnight ago at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:28am

Garlic Boy will be a major player for Yip yard

It seems like in-form trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong has some nice young talents in his stable and Garlic Boy is no exception.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Enjoy the seasonal menu at private dining venue Casa - or just play with the gizmos

Opened in May last year, private dining venue Casa (www.casa-acts.hk) is located at 8 Rednaxela Terrace in Mid-Levels. The venue is a bit hidden, but its homely ambience - complete with a dark wood table, which features flickering candles atop candelabras by Buccellati and paired with chairs each with a unique design - soothes away the walk and search.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Insight into the facts we are never taught

I was lucky enough to be invited to hear American filmmaker Ric O'Barry give a talk to the Native English-Speaking Teachers' Association this month.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Go nuts with pesto

How to make pesto

Pesto is a quick, easy and tasty sauce for pasta. If you can't get hold of pine nuts or don't like them, you can replace them with walnuts, almonds or cashew nuts. Once made, pesto can be kept for about a week in the fridge.

Equipment you will need

Food processor




20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Bagna cauda

This pungent dish is not for the faint of palate, and I'd advise that you avoid eating it before meeting someone you want to impress.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Spanish intuition

On the few trips I've made to Spain, I have loved visiting tapas bars. The dishes on offer vary wildly from place to place: some venues specialise in seafood, others in meat; some have menus composed primarily of fried dishes while others list delicious (and expensive) cured meats. I tend to watch to see what everyone else is eating and order it for myself.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Follow your nose

When I come back from Europe, I invariably have a string of garlic in my luggage. Yes, the smell gets into my clothes regardless of how I pack it (usually wrapped in newspaper and aluminium foil, then secured in a plastic bag and sealed with duct tape), but that doesn't stop me.

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Way cool

Soup was always served hot when I was growing up, never cold. The first chilled soup I tasted - vichyssoise, eaten at a nice French restaurant in California - seemed strange at first. But, by the time I'd finished, the taste had won me over and it's still one of my favourite soups on hot days.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

It's peek season

Just when you thought the last thing New York needed was another hyper-trendy hotel, along comes Dream Downtown.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cry me a river

My least favourite task in the kitchen is preparing shallots. I use a lot of these pesky little things and frequently wish they weren't so small and their skin wasn't so difficult to peel.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Hook, loin and sinker

Today is Father's Day and - for me at least - the holiday isn't nearly as stressful as Mother's Day. I don't feel compelled to send flowers or a box of chocolates, but, if I were in California, where my parents live, I would cook dinner for my dad. He'd appreciate that more than yet another tie.

19 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Spinach and garlic shrimp salad

This is an easy, light summer dish. The shell-on shrimp are split down the back, which allows the garlicky oil to penetrate the flesh. If you like, cut off the heads of the shrimp, wrap them in cling film and freeze them for when you have more time - they make a delicious shrimp stock when simmered for about 30 minutes with water to cover.

9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Basil comes from the Greek word basileus, meaning king. And certainly, given its importance in some cuisines, it is herb royalty

Eat out

Try the Insalata Caprese, a traditional salad of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, at Al Dente, Soho.

12 Feb 2011 - 12:00am