Fake Plastic Souks: A Dabble At The Dhaid Date Festival

Posted on the July 23rd, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

Sharjah's inland town of Dhaid has an annual date festival. Who knew? We were wending (actually, waddling or wobbling might be more accurate) our way home after a particularly pleasant stay at the Hatta Fort Hotel and caught an overhead billboard adver...

Ginger and Scotch: Transfer Handy Cookbook Recipes to the Paprika Recipe App

Posted on the July 23rd, 2017 under Expat Bloggers by

The Handy Cookbook app will no longer be supported by Apple. Save all your recipes by following these directions to transfer them over to the Paprika app. The Handy Cookbook app for iPhone was probably the first app I ever payed money for. It was 2 mon...

Ginger and Scotch: How to Make Baked Baking Soda for Alkaline Noodles

Posted on the July 16th, 2017 under Expat Bloggers by

What are “alkaline” noodles and why are they prized in Asian cuisine?  How can you use baking soda to make these alkaline noodles? Continue reading to find out!   What are alkaline noodles? Remember Chemistry 101? Water has a neutral...

Ginger and Scotch: How to Make Ramen Noodles From Scratch

Posted on the July 10th, 2017 under Expat Bloggers by

Ramen noodles is a type of Japanese noodle made from wheat flour. In Japan, it is eaten freshly made, not like the inexpensive packets of instant noodles we all know so well which are deep-fried and full of MSG. Ramen originated from China – the ...

Fake Plastic Souks: Pinky, Lucky, Latta and Khan

Posted on the July 6th, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

They sound like a subcontinental Trumpton fire brigade, but they're not. They're the rocks of Sharjah's 'antique' trade, those four. Latta's has always been upstairs in the Blue Souk, but Pinky's has moved around a bit since we first came across it in ...

Fake Plastic Souks: Dubai Radio Ads

Posted on the June 15th, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

This is not a radio ad, but only marginally less annoying.This is Cynthia Dreamy Whingy Breathy Voice. Come to extravagant opulence, indulge in timeless elegance and experience sumptuous flavours from the mystical past of a bygone age. Be the person yo...

Fake Plastic Souks: The Hatta Fort Hotel Makeover. And Chickens.

Posted on the June 4th, 2017 under Personal Bloggers by

Sheikh Rashid opens the Hatta Fort, 1981We walked into the reception of the Hatta Fort and peered around the transformed area. 'Good morning,' smiled the receptionist.'Good morning,' we replied. 'We're here for a chicken.'His smile faltered. 'Check-in?...

Ginger and Scotch: How to Make Chinese Noodles From Scratch

Posted on the May 31st, 2017 under Expat Bloggers by

Make this simple Chinese noodle from scratch using just flour and water in about 30 minutes. Involve the kids as it’s a great family-bonding activity and also great for their fine and gross motor skills. Noodles were one of those things I took fo...

Ginger and Scotch: Where to Find Asian Ingredients in Dubai

Posted on the May 28th, 2017 under Expat Bloggers by

Looking for Asian ingredients in Dubai to make authentic Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, or Korean homemade meals? I’ve compiled a map of all the specialty grocery stores in Dubai that stock Asian ingredients.  My parents and I were born in...

Ginger and Scotch: Homemade Udon Noodles From Scratch

Posted on the May 22nd, 2017 under Expat Bloggers by

Udon are thick white noodles that originated from Japan. They are made with flour, salt, and very little water which can make it difficult to knead so traditionally it was kneaded with the feet! When I learned that little fact, I knew this was a perfec...