Prune – The Dried Plum

As a little boy, I remember climbing plum trees by the roadside and harvesting the over ripe plums for my father and uncles to create their guilty pleasure “Slivovitz”. However at that time, I had no idea that plums could be dried and served as a snack or preserved that way, as it was simply…

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Sorghum – The Camel Crop

Asia is a continent that conserves traditions while simultaneously holding a vision for modernisation; a concept that never fails to surprise me. It amazes me how often we tend to forget about what has been around us for centuries. We also usually regard some of these old school products as secondary ingredients that are fed…

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Langsat aka The Bon Bon Fruit

It was on our last road trip to Bali, when my wife Zurina suddenly became a little girl. She was transported back to her childhood memories when she recognised a small oval fruit that looked like small young potatoes, but with a sweet fruity scent. She screamed “….. oh baby, you have to try langsat,…

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World Cocktail Day

As a cocktail lover and bartender for 16 years, I always search for any reason to ‘toast’ with a cocktail in my hand. Certainly, the 13th of May is one of the most awaited days for any cocktail lover and it is to celebrate the first printed mention of the word COCKTAIL on 13th May…

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The Kumquat: A symbol of good luck

During a Sunday afternoon walk through a food market I came across a tiny orange that looked like a citrus fruit, the size and shape just slightly bigger than an olive – known as Kinkan or Kumquat. This fruit is native to south-eastern parts of the mountains in China and has four varieties – Nagami…

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