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Huge thanks to Yehya Al Hafidh for the profile pics

Huge thanks to Yehya Al Hafidh for the profile pics

Welcome to ‘My Custard Pie’

I’m Sally Prosser, food blogger, a keen eater… of GOOD food…. and for me that’s about using the best, freshest, tastiest ingredients cooked from scratch. Draw up a chair at my kitchen table, come with me to the market, consider difficult choices about food (especially when you live in a desert), share my cheese obsession, my journey to learn more about wine and explore some of the wackier sides of life here and away.

So why might you want to stay and browse?

From the moment I wake up I’m thinking about my next meal, I count myself very lucky to be able to do that with optimism. It seems like I’m not alone and you may be similarly obsessed. So perhaps I can inspire you with a simple recipe, an idea of what to cook for you or your family tonight. With privilege comes responsibility, and I find the world we live in a very scary place sometimes – especially about who we trust to control the thing we all share…our food supply. This is never far from my mind, dictates my choices (not easy when you live in such an unsustainable environment as I do) and maybe we can swap some ideas. I love to know where food comes from, how it’s produced, the story behind it – I hope you do too.

With so many food related opportunities in Dubai you’ll find an insight on some places that I had never imagined ever really existed when I moved here in 2000, from 7 star to street food. If you like to travel to unusual places …well you’ll find a bit of inspiration here too.

If you are a PR company, food producer or someone who has a commercial interest, you might like to read this.

About me…

From Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, UK, I’ve lived in the Middle East since 1995. Mother of two teens (one vegetarian) and two Border Terriers, married to KP (player of loud music and golf in equal measure). A walker (never happier than when my boots are on and I’m out in the British countryside), book worm, strong (slightly random) creative streak, inquisitive (nosey parker)…

A bit more…

Please believe me when I say again that my only qualification for writing this blog is that I’m a keen eater.

I am not a trained chef, cook or bottle washer. As my sister will tell you (and told all my food blogging friends last time she stayed), I wasn’t that interested in cooking when I lived at home. My Mum made it her mission to ensure we had three homemade, tasty meals per day (and lots of cups of tea in between). There was no reason to learn to cook (simple snacks like omelettes and cheese on toast excluded of course). I did fantasise about good food though, and as a complete book worm, my nose was always in some tome or other including my Mum’s Good Housekeeping cookery book.

Learning to cook and my biggest food influence

I did my Cook’s badge with Guides only because I had to as part of the Queen’s Guide award. It took me about three hours to make a shepherd’s pie. But once I left home there was an incentive. I wanted to carry on eating the way I’d been brought up. And my Mum did a good job; motivated by wanting us to grow up strong and healthy rather than a love of cooking, she did her best on a very strict budget. Most of our fruit and vegetables were from our own garden, the village shop provided meat, cheese and other staples. A bread van delivered what is now called ‘real bread’ and milk came in bottles on the doorstep. Cooking from scratch and not relying on convenience foods permeated my future cooking self.

Food blogging and living in Dubai

So fast forward many decades, and I started writing about food at the heart of our family life here in Dubai. We’re just a normal family (expats from the South West of England) but live in a place that’s home to people of so many nationalities (and food cultures) and of constant change. So one day can (and has) include walking my dogs and eating toast for breakfast, making a loaf of bread, working from home in the daytime,  then drinking a cocktail made of gold by night, or eating the hottest, spiciest, crunchy thing known to man, or eating sushi on a beach in Fujairah.

Food writing

Although I’ve written commercial copy for many years, I found my voice through food, and putting it all down on My Custard Pie is a relaxing, creative outlet. I read a lot for inspiration, plus I was lucky enough to attend two workshops with Dianne Jacob’s and one with Martha Holmberg.  My work has been published on and offline and I accept commissions.

Travel writing

Being located in the heart of the Gulf has given me the opportunity to travel to some extraordinary places. Some have now changed forever since the Arab Spring and recent events in the region.  You get to understand a place and its people better if you know about their food culture. I’ve documented a little here on My Custard Pie and some on Walking on Sunshine – there are still many stories still to tell.

Wine writing and tasting

I am qualified to talk a bit about wine having passed my Wines and Spirit Education Trust Advanced level in 2012 (with distinction).  Which other subject combines agriculture, geography, languages, history, science, even politics, as well as sensory pleasures? There is so much to learn and understand about wine and it’s constantly changing. Regularly tasting different wines is essential and I share my experiences and learning journey here.

Food styling and photography

We eat with our eyes don’t we – and no blog about food can tell the whole story in words these days; read more about going from bad shots to better shots here and where to find more food photography and styling resources here.

Find other food bloggers

There are lots of us here in the UAE from a variety of different cultures and backgrounds. Since Arva from I live in a Frying Pan reached out in 2010 and together we formed a UAE food blogger collective called Fooderati Arabia, my life has been enriched through meeting (and eating with) some wonderful, generous and talented people from all walks of life. If you’d like to join our ranks drop us a line at contact@fooderatiarabia.com

A pat on the back

The Independent chose My Custard Pie as part of its top 50 food websites and The National one of the UAE’s best food blogs. I’m usually within the top 30 UK blogs on gastronomy on E-buzzing.

P.S. My love of custard started at an early age and has never abated.

To get in touch please leave a comment or email: sally@mycustardpie.com

A big thank you to Yehya Al Hafidh – a very talented young photographer – who took my profile pic.  See more of his work on Flickr  and Facebook

Making custard

In my kitchen making custard

A few more random things…

Thanks for dropping by.

Sally

Hazel and Rosie, Border Terriers, eating bones

Hazel and Rosie eating bones

Thank you to ATOM for helping to design my logo and header.

137 Comments leave one →
  1. Karin permalink
    May 3, 2010 10:45 am

    Excellent blog! Have just found it and am hungry now!! Live in Dubai and love cooking too – but family also not so passionate – but with all the variety and tastes surrounding us here in Dubai – that is slowly changing! Thanks for the info on the organic farm shop.
    I have been desperate for someone to improve our fresh food (in our mad climate – I know that is hard) so am very impressed and in awe of the founder of this!
    When my son wakes up – I shall go exploring and see if I can find it!!! Now what shall I cook…..

    • May 3, 2010 10:51 am

      Thanks for nice feedback. I think we are so lucky to have this farm shop and things like the farmers market are steps in the right direction. It makes a huge difference to the way I cook when the ingredients are this fresh. Enjoy.

  2. May 30, 2010 12:21 pm

    Gosh I love your blog. What next I am watching and reading avidly.
    P
    x

  3. July 26, 2010 11:40 pm

    Hi Sally – Recently found your website as I was searching for fellow food bloggers in Dubai. Look forward to reading your site more often! (also loved the lemon amaretti cake recipe you’ve posted up – gotta try that one…)

    On a separate note, I’m also thinking of starting a food blogger’s group in Dubai, where bloggers come together once a month to either try out a new restaurant, do a potluck with their own homemade concoctions, or just sit around and talk food. :) Do let me know if you’d be interested!

    • July 27, 2010 2:06 am

      I’d be delighted to – have had quite a few ideas about this myself but not got round to doing anything about it! I’ll drop you an e-mail with my address. There are a few Dubai foodies on Twitter too (I’m @sally2hats) PS let me know how you get on with the lemon amaretti cake.

  4. August 4, 2010 10:42 am

    Hi Sally,
    I came across your blog whilst doing some research about the Nazwa organic farm closing down.
    I’m a reporter at The National….would like to speak to you about importance of organic fruits/veg and getting a hold of them in Dubai in the next day or so if you have a few minutes to spare?

    very best wishes,
    Hamida Ghafour

    • August 4, 2010 12:53 pm

      Thanks Hamida, There is a huge groundswell of disappointment and sadness about the closure of this fantastic operation. I think people would appreciate an article that raises this and the importance of being able to buy affordable, fresh organic food. I’ve also sent you an e-mail.

  5. August 7, 2010 9:14 pm

    Hi Sally,

    I found your website today when I read about your statements in The National about the closing of Nazwa Farm. I also read the comment above from Foodonymph. I live in Dubai too and have been food blogging for a year now. I’d like to get together with fellow Dubai food bloggers. If you guys get together someway (like Foodonymph suggested), I’d be keen to join.

    Hope to speak soon.
    Anja

    • August 8, 2010 5:19 pm

      Hi Anja, I like the look of your blog a lot. I’ve sent your details to Foodnymph who is coordinating a meet up. Hope to meet you soon.

  6. September 11, 2010 2:20 pm

    Hi Sally – what’s your email address so I can mail you re cameras? I can’t seem to find it!

  7. October 8, 2010 9:05 pm

    Hi I just discovered your blog :) I am food blogger from dubai as well (been blogging since 2008), and i thought until now its a lonely world out here! happy to be surprised :)

    • October 8, 2010 11:35 pm

      Rajani – how lovely of you to visit. There is a new food bloggers group here in Dubai if you want to meet up – real mixture of people but all slightly obsessed by food! Join us?

      • Angus Hayes permalink
        November 1, 2010 4:18 pm

        Hi Sally

        Do you have to blog to attend? I’ve been hoping to meet a group to stir up my passion for cooking and a group of bloggers sound great. Most of Dubai’s tourist food scene is disappointing but the hidden gems are what make it worthwhile. I’m also interested in attending some regular cooking classes and would love to hear if anyone has attended some worthwhile ones.

      • November 2, 2010 7:09 am

        Hi Angus – Not sure what you mean about attending a blog. There is a group for food bloggers in Dubai called Famished in Arabia on Facebook. Don’t know of many cooking classes – there’s a nice icing course at Tavola on Jumeirah Beach Road or see my post about Green papaya salad about a school in Satwa. Good luck.

  8. November 14, 2010 9:40 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Make your own pumpkin pie spice:
    * 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Greetings from Colorado.
    Kirsten

  9. November 14, 2010 10:13 pm

    Thank you so much – that spice mix sounds heavenly.

  10. November 23, 2010 6:48 am

    Love the design of your blog banner; it is so personal and a bit quirky.
    Sounds like there are quite a few like-minded folks in Dubai after all!

    • November 23, 2010 7:06 am

      Thanks – I have lots of plans in my head to change it but am attached to the quirkiness. Get in touch in you are ever passing this way, it’s a very friendly foodie crowd.

  11. November 23, 2010 11:44 am

    Hello there, just stumbled upon your blog. It’s great! I too am a food blogger and photographer here in Dubai. It’s great to know that we are a growing force of food lovers and educators!
    Edwina

    • November 23, 2010 4:35 pm

      Thanks for dropping by. Your site is beautiful and I’m particularly interested in your gardening. My herb seeds are popping up nicely but I’ve never tried vegetables (unless you count tomatoes). Please come and join us…there is a growing group of food bloggers and our group is on Facebook called Famished in Arabia.

  12. November 24, 2010 4:49 pm

    Hello Sally! Thanks for dropping by my blog giving me the chance to discover yours as well! You have a lovely space here and your recipes are mouthwatering. I’m glad your mother-in-law passed on to you more than the humble yet delicious souvlaki :)
    Magda

  13. November 27, 2010 2:47 pm

    Hi Sally, Lovely to meet you though the monthly mingle, great blog, will try to come back often :)

  14. December 7, 2010 7:13 pm

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your site — it’s adorable. Cute dogs, too!

  15. Sawsan permalink
    December 21, 2010 5:16 pm

    heey sally ,

    Great blog … your food looks so yummy, i am actually kindda a hungry now…

    listen can you send me your email , i have an idea and i would like to know , if you would be interested in it.

    Have a good day :)

  16. Sukaina permalink
    December 29, 2010 2:25 pm

    Hi there….I found your site through a comment you made on indiansimmer.com! I’m so excited to see your blog and find out thati’m not the only food blogger in dubai! Have just joined the fb group as well! Great blog!

    • December 29, 2010 2:34 pm

      Thanks for your nice comment Sukaina – hope to meet you at a ‘Famished in Arabia’ meet up soon.

  17. January 13, 2011 7:36 pm

    Hi Sally

    Quick question – am I dreaming or are you originally South African? And if so, do you want to be listed on the South African food & wine blog directory? Drop me an e-mail and let me know :)

    • January 13, 2011 10:25 pm

      Dreaming I’m afraid – did visit your lovely country in 1997 and would love to return. Thanks for the offer.

  18. January 13, 2011 10:45 pm

    Hi Sally! I’m new to the blog community and among other things about life in Dubai, I love blogging about food too-mostly at restaurants :D I love your blog and was so excited to chance upon so many UAE-based bloggers thru your site. Great work-I will be a regular here:)

    • January 13, 2011 10:50 pm

      Thanks for dropping by and the nice comment. Check out the Famished in arabia facebook group too.

  19. January 16, 2011 11:38 pm

    Dubai is fascinating and so is your blog.

  20. Jihane permalink
    January 17, 2011 10:40 am

    Hi Sally,

    I’ve been following your blog for a while. Have you set up a group for food lovers in the UAE? I’d be interested in joining if you guys meet up on a regular basis. Can you send me some details?

    Thanks,

    Jihane

    • January 17, 2011 10:46 am

      Thanks Jihane, I’ll drop you a line, but in the meantime just to say we’ve set up a group for people who blog about food in the UAE on Facebook called Famished in Arabia.

  21. January 25, 2011 3:38 pm

    Hey Sally,

    Just thought I would come over and share some love.

    Food and humour make great company!

    Blessings,
    K

  22. January 27, 2011 12:29 am

    BTW< my husband too loves everything with a sauce!

  23. February 1, 2011 1:26 am

    Dear Sally

    I hope all is well.

    We have started a new organic food venture in Dubai named “Down to Earth”.I saw your Nazwa post dated July 31 and that’s why wrote about our new venture. I was hoping if I get could get in touch with you to provide a sample bad . My contact details are as follows

    Dev Ashar

    800- Organic

    Awaiting your positive reply

  24. March 8, 2011 6:04 pm

    Hi Sally,

    I am writing an article on organic food in the Middle East and I would be very interested to hear your views on the matter, and to know if you have found anywhere that you can buy truly organic food.

    Please drop me an email if you’d be willing to chat. I am new to the region as well as to the magazine and would love to hear your views!

  25. Rana permalink
    March 13, 2011 4:04 pm

    Hello Sally,

    I have an interesting cooking activity coming up.

    could you please email me back so i could fill you in.

    regrads,
    Rana

  26. Karishma Gandhi permalink
    April 21, 2011 5:12 pm

    Hi Sally

    Your blog is fantastic.
    I would like to send you an invite to a lunch tasting. Would it be possible to send me your email address?

    Thank you!

  27. May 22, 2011 10:36 am

    Hi sally,
    I found your blog today while Scrumptious, shared a link on your post..!!
    I too live in dubai. good to know there r so many other bloggers from Dubai..!!
    You hav a lovely blog and good bit of information on organic … stuff too..!!
    Good to know there is a bloggers group …hope to join u all soon..!!

  28. Anna permalink
    May 28, 2011 2:24 pm

    Live music of any kind? I’ll hold you to that!!!!LOL

  29. July 4, 2011 10:01 am

    Cute! Greetings from Europe! :) Petra

  30. July 22, 2011 2:35 am

    Hi Sally, just saw you on The Independent’s ’50 best food websites’. Congrats!!!
    Clare xx

    • July 22, 2011 11:07 am

      Thank you Clare – I was thrilled to be included.

  31. August 4, 2011 6:50 am

    Love your blog! I’m a lazy reader but could NOT stop reading this post. I’m fascinated by all this information and can’t wait to explore the rest of your blog.

  32. Trisha Khanna permalink
    August 29, 2011 2:56 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I’m Trisha from Dubai and I just discovered your blog. I just wanted to say I absolutely love it. I love everything from the photos to recipes. Since you seem to also enjoy the photography aspect of food I thought I would give you the link to one of my favourite websites. It’s a food photo blog and you seem like someone who would appreciate it as much as I do!

    http://foodexhibitionist.tumblr.com/ – Enjoy!

    Keep up the amazing blog!

  33. September 27, 2011 9:10 am

    I’m loving this blog. It makes me feel so hungry! It looks so beautiful too. Good job!

    • September 27, 2011 10:18 pm

      Thanks so much – really glad you like it.

  34. September 29, 2011 8:53 am

    Way too many “six-degrees of sepration” here . . love food (am a former caterer), writing a blog (www.arabiantalesandotheramazingadventures.blogspot.com), four children who grew up my kitchen helping prepare the meal (an all have gone on to be wonderful cooks and entertainers), having freinds in the kitchen brings such pleasure (group cooks were a favortie pastime in USA), jazz, live music, fine wine, living in Dubai . . but most important savoring the Wadi Rum in Jordan! Any chance we could meet for coffee.. Thanks.

    • September 29, 2011 9:06 am

      Thanks for stopping by Katie – I think you are right about the six-degrees. (Think your comment got abbreviated for some reason).

  35. September 29, 2011 9:18 am

    having freinds in the kitchen brings such pleasure (group cooks were a favortie pastime in USA), jazz, live music, fine wine, living in Dubai . . but most important savoring the Wadi Rum in Jordan!

    This remainder of comment you didn’t get. Thanks

  36. October 2, 2011 11:54 pm

    Hello Sally
    I discovered your blog today and I love the Photography and the spirit behind it.
    Looking at all the comments it almost seems a shame I´m not from Dubai!
    Best
    Gaby

    • October 3, 2011 8:56 am

      Thanks Gabriele – yes there are pros and cons to every place in the world but I count myself very lucky to be living here.

  37. Hattan permalink
    November 20, 2011 10:08 am

    Hello Sally,

    I have been reading your blog and loved the recipes and the great photos.

    I would like to contatct you to tell you about a project for food bloggers in the UAE. Do you mind sending me an email, to send you more details.

    Thanks,

    Hattan

  38. November 24, 2011 1:38 am

    Sally – been stopping by but never read this. Good to get to know you a touch better. And now I’m thinking about custard!

    • November 25, 2011 1:06 pm

      Always the most difficult page to write I think – I have so many revisions in my drafts folder Ozoz.

  39. December 5, 2011 11:11 am

    hi Sally,
    i came into ur blog thro the Aquarius Magazine – i live in fujairah – u have a beautiful blog – great info – am gonna follow u – i have a blog too – am new to this and would love ur feedback n suggestions if any:)

    • December 5, 2011 1:03 pm

      Hi Vidhya – thanks so much for leaving your nice comment. You may be interested to know there are over 80 food bloggers in the UAE and we connect through a private Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/FamishedinArabia/ – which you’d be welcome to join. We also have a group site called Fooderati Arabia where you’ll see a list of all the UAE and Gulf food bloggers (that we know about!). Looks like you are doing a great job on your blog. :)

  40. mustaphadagher permalink
    January 11, 2012 5:43 pm

    Hello Sally,

    Thank you for visiting l’agent cuisinier!

    I love your blog and the evident passion you have towards food!

    Wishing you all the best….

    moustique – l’agent cuisinier

  41. March 25, 2012 7:47 am

    Hi Sally – I came into your blog while I was reading about Fooderati Arabia. As I will be mentioning or must have mentioned so many times – Travel, Food & photography are pure passions. Relatively new to the blogosphere – am still building up by food section in my blog. I have emailed to Fooderati Arabia. Am very excited to be interacting with such passionate foodies. Feels like I’m not alone!

    I would love to have your feedback.

  42. April 24, 2012 8:50 am

    Hello, Sally! We really enjoy your blog, so we’ve nominated you for the “Kreativ Blog Award”. Congratulations!

    http://trevandgailacooking.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/kreativ-blogger-award/

  43. April 30, 2012 3:54 pm

    Hi Sally! I love your blog. Your recipes are fantastic and your stories are so interesting. I have decided to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. http://curiouscuisiniere.wordpress.com/2012/04/30/versatile_blogger_award/

  44. May 15, 2012 5:40 pm

    Hi Sally, Do you ever do reviews in Abu Dhabi? There is a new Organic, Authentic Italian restaurant, slightly new concept that I thought might interest you. Check them out http://www.apicae.com
    :) Gergana

  45. June 10, 2012 10:13 am

    hi, i love you blog. we’d like to feature you in our magazine. please give me your contact details and i’ll get in touch. thanks.

  46. June 25, 2012 8:06 pm

    Hi Sally! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for liking my Zucchini Carrot Bread post. Your blog is lovely. I can’t wait to explore it some more. Take care!

  47. July 8, 2012 7:24 pm

    HI Sally, you have a great blog. I wanted to know if how can I get in touch with you? Please email me your contact inform if possible.

  48. July 26, 2012 10:27 am

    Mrs P – so good to read this, very ‘Julia & Julia’…keep up the good work! JT

  49. August 15, 2012 7:00 am

    Just wanted to say a very belated thank you for visiting my blog and liking my Rapid Rise Italian Herb Bread. This is a very delicious bread. I hope you make it sometime and let me know how it turns out. I have a few other bread recipes in the archives and tons of recipes on Pinterest if you’re interested in checking them out sometime.

  50. August 20, 2012 4:40 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post, “London Calling.” Enjoyed reading your version of Come Dine With Me–one of my favorite shows when I lived in London!

  51. asnea525 permalink
    August 22, 2012 3:03 am

    I really loved reading this section…”My children were perched on a stool making scrambled eggs, stirring risotto, rolling meatballs and helping in the kitchen. They had pureed vegetables for baby food, we had family meals together and they ate everything until the age of two years old. How did I end up with a vegetarian who doesn’t like vegetables and a teen who won’t eat fish, tomatoes or anything on the bone?” – made me smile!

    • August 22, 2012 11:10 am

      So glad it made you smile….thankfully the vegetarian has expanded her repertoire…a bit

  52. September 5, 2012 3:07 pm

    Hi there!
    I just discovered your site today (via fig jam and lime cordial). Lovely things you have in your kitchen. I too love hummus and I didn’t know that you could freeze it! Now, if only my boys would eat it! Thanks for sharing. I look forward to coming back and reading more of your posts. Cheers!

    • September 6, 2012 8:07 am

      It took a while for my youngest to like hummus but now she can’t get enough! Thanks for visiting.

  53. September 15, 2012 2:56 pm

    Hi Sally, lovely blog and great pics.

  54. October 24, 2012 2:54 am

    Hello Sally,
    I am so glad that I found your blog. I enjoyed reading your about page. Even I love to walk by the beautiful English country side. I went to school in Sheffield, well that was for my post graduation in Molecular Medicine. For personal reason, I had to re-locate to US of A and have been waiting for every opportunity to visit the Queen’s land. I briefly browsed through your posts and I am sure that I will be back often to check your recipes. Let’s stay connected.

  55. November 6, 2012 12:32 pm

    Hahaha, now that’s a serious death row meal… would be hard pressed to come up with a better one :)

  56. November 12, 2012 4:50 pm

    Hi, Sally,

    I was sent the link to your blog by the friend of a friend, because I am also a food blogger and am moving to Dubai. Reading through the comments above, I saw your response about a food bloggers group on Facebook but a search turns up nothing. Perhaps the group is private? I am looking forward to the possibility of a meet up with other bloggers as I have been the only one I know in my last two locations: KL and Cairo.

    Your blog is wonderful and I can’t wait to read through it as I get settled in Dubai.

    Best regards,

    Stacy

  57. November 23, 2012 6:24 pm

    I’m very impressed by your blog–it’s an inspiration–appealing to all the senses, friendly, yet thoroughly professional. It’s a wonderful resource and a creation to be proud of!

    • November 24, 2012 10:21 am

      Thank you Nancy – that’s a lovely accolade.

  58. December 20, 2012 10:21 pm

    Hi Sally! I have just ‘nominated’ you for the Liebster Award :) a bit silly but all in good fun! Take a look: http://pastryschooldiaries.blogspot.com/2012/12/liebster-award.html Have a wonderful holiday and take care! Gina

  59. January 14, 2013 5:24 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Thanks for liking my blog. Yours looks fascinating. Life has certainly changed since we lived in Dubai and struggled to find basic ingredients! I missed the changing seasons and walks in the countryside, but enjoyed walking by the sea. I’m also a passionate Dickens fan, reading Nicholas Nickleby at the moment.

  60. January 16, 2013 5:27 pm

    For some reason I was fantasizing about rhubarb and custard this morning and thinking I should attempt to make some from scratch. Looks like I’ve come to the right place :lol:

    • January 17, 2013 6:27 am

      I fantasize about rhubarb and custard – so you are not alone :)

  61. Hannah permalink
    February 14, 2013 12:33 pm

    Hi Sally,
    Big fan of your blog.. also foodie as are most of Dubai, so always love to catch up on the latest and best of wining and dining! Please drop me an email as i have recently got involved in F&B Dubai and would love your feedback! Happy Valentines! xx

    • February 14, 2013 12:37 pm

      Thanks Hannah. My email address is above if you’d like to drop me a line.

  62. March 1, 2013 1:18 pm

    Hi Sally, I’ve drawn a blank on trying to find someone who could bake me a really good quality chocolate cake, no fancy icing, for a special birthday this weekend at home in the ranches, all the people I’ve contacted cannot do it ! Could you please help? Monica http://www.doindubai.com

  63. March 2, 2013 2:11 pm

    Hi Sally, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You can see details at: http://www.thesinglegourmetandtraveller.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/one-lovely-blog-award

  64. Marije Kramer permalink
    March 15, 2013 5:20 pm

    Dear Sally,

    With a lot of enthusiasm I have read your blog and I was wondering if I could ask you some questions. My name is Marije Kramer and I am a business student from the Netherlands. At the moment I am doing a research project about the baking market of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, desserts etc. in the UAE. It is difficult to find information about this topic, but I chose it because I am a big baking fan myself. As you know a lot about the UAE and baking, I would like to ask the following questions. If you are willing to answer them, then please send your email address so I can send you the questions.

    Many thanks in advace.
    Marije

  65. March 18, 2013 6:57 pm

    Sally! What an engaging and joyful blog – good to know I am not the only one who reads cookbooks in bed. No crumbs, at least! Right now I’m working through Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Bread Bible. I look forward to following your posts!

  66. March 20, 2013 5:00 pm

    Hi Sally, thank you for Liking my article, “Anthony Teaches Me a New Trick.” After reading your About page, I’m convinced we must share some DNA! I didn’t know anyone else liked cookbooks as bedtime reading material. I find it almost impossible to put them down.

    I love the English countryside; at least, what I’ve seen of it in my many favorite British TV shows and movies. (I watch so much more British than American TV that I find myself thinking in British terms and pronunciation sometimes.) So of course Dickens was my favorite author from about Jr. High school on. Then I discovered George MacDonald. I could go on and on. :)

    I know this has nothing to do with your blog, but I LOVE the color of your hair! :D

    I look forward to exploring your blog and trying some recipes.

  67. March 21, 2013 2:57 am

    Hi sally! thanks for taking the time to read my blog! I’m a big fan of yours and fooderati arabia. It’s nice to now there’s more people like one out there!

  68. March 24, 2013 3:26 am

    Wonderful blog and terrific photos as well. I see we have a love of cookbooks. I’m drowning in them. I tell myself I won’t buy more, but like shoes I just can’t help myself. Look forward to future posts from the other end of the globe, Vancouver, BC Canada. Cheers!

    • March 24, 2013 8:00 am

      Shoes – I can resist. Cook books…. it’s a problem! I have a lot of Canadian friends…a lovely bunch.

  69. March 25, 2013 11:57 pm

    Lovely blog! I feel that your blog is going to be my new space for inspiration. I wish I had discovered it earlier….thank you for stopping by my blog. :)

  70. March 31, 2013 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the likes. :)

    nice photos and blogs.

  71. April 5, 2013 10:16 pm

    Sally come across another foodie blog that I though you might like. It’s run by a colleague of my friend Si (ask Keith). You can find it on http://thekitchenalchemist.co.uk/
    All the best and hope all is well. Maybe see you in June.
    Phil
    xx

  72. May 8, 2013 1:18 am

    Just found your blog today and I am glad I did! Looking forward to follwing you and seeing what comes along, cheers!

  73. June 3, 2013 3:53 pm

    Hi Sally, Thanks for stopping by to check out my blog and the follow, hope you liked what you saw. Looking forward to seeing more from you, :-)

  74. June 7, 2013 12:49 pm

    Reckon you and I have something in common: piles of cook books that we enjoy taking to bed.

    In the first year of married life – many moons ago – my late husband and I read ourselves hungry, so had to get up and cook ourselves something to eat.

  75. July 7, 2013 2:05 am

    Hi Sally, Lovely meeting you this evening at the launch of Bethany’s book ‘The Jewelled Kitchen’. You blog looks fab and I’m going to look forward to reading it with interest going forward. I laughed at your comment above re reading cookery books in bed. Clearly this is a trait of a food blogger as I am also guilty. Best Torie

  76. July 11, 2013 12:33 pm

    Hi Sally! Great site! I very much look forward to reading more!

  77. July 12, 2013 7:51 pm

    Hi Sally! I love your delicious blog and all the culinary tips and adventures you share! Your posts always inspire me, so I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award! All the best, Dianne http://diditravels.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/links-for-le-weekend-and-an-award/

  78. July 15, 2013 7:57 am

    Hi Sally! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my modest little post :-) I am in awe of your abilities and talent and will definitely follow your blog with great interest!

  79. August 9, 2013 8:34 am

    you have a wonderful, wonderful blog! looking forward to more of your adventures! happy blogging :)

  80. September 5, 2013 3:02 am

    So looking forward to keeping up with your blog. I will slowly read through back entries as well.

  81. September 8, 2013 6:55 pm

    Sally – it is so good to meet you! If you had not stopped by my blog first, I would not have known. Even though so many part of our lives are different, I am amazed at how much we share in common. But I guess that is how we are, as women. Probably so much in common, yet somehow modern life likes to highlight our differences. I like the positive tone to your work, it is my endless antidote to the negativity that can sometimes hang over us. I can relate to your cookbook obsession. My dining room is flanked with 2 shelves of books and a whole case is almost devoted to cookbooks. Similar to planting seedlings in the garden, I can’t bear to get rid of any. I like the look, the feel and the secrets they contain. Your children developing a very definite opinion about food and judging you accordingly is the way I like to view my own 2 experiments in parenting. I probably made them this way by giving them so much variety. I envy them growing up in my house, seems like a pretty fun childhood. I could go on and on…your list has inspired me to add that to my blog. Thanks for the great work.
    -CW

    • September 9, 2013 8:08 am

      The title of your blog is so inspiring Christine. I have followed you and want to thank you for such an expressive and generous comment. Great to connect.

  82. Chandni Lahoti permalink
    September 19, 2013 1:47 pm

    Hi Sally! Thanks a lot for the follow. I have been a huge admirer of your blog. It is more like a school for me as your skills in writing, picturing, presentation are absolutely inspiring. Thanks for the fantastic work in this space and for being such an encouraging person. Kindest regards!! :)

  83. Aaron permalink
    October 3, 2013 2:05 pm

    ​​​Dear Sally,
    ​​
    This is Aaron from Global Media Insight.

    We are an interactive agency that builds brands, businesses and products on the digital sphere. Having come across your blog, we would like to have you on board with us as an official blogger, on a regular basis, for a food project that is poised to set a new benchmark in the Middle Eastern region.

    Should you be interested in exploring this opportunity, please do get in touch with us and we shall contact you shortly.

    Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    Aaron Massey

  84. October 7, 2013 3:24 pm

    I LOVE your blog!!! A woman after my own heart. Can’t wait to start exploring the UAE properly. Melanie

  85. October 26, 2013 8:09 pm

    Thanks very much for the trackback!

  86. November 5, 2013 11:43 pm

    What a wonderful blog!

  87. December 2, 2013 12:32 am

    Hi Sally, I’m thrilled to have accidentally come across your beautiful blog. I’ve only been to the middle east a few times and loved the food. Looking forward to see and read your adventures. Cheers!

  88. February 12, 2014 8:49 pm

    I absolutely love your blog. The photos are gorgeous and your adventures are so fun to read. So glad I found you!

  89. karen permalink
    February 20, 2014 10:53 am

    Stumbled on your blog when looking for Organic anything in the UAE. Loved your post about the visit to Organilicious which was very inspiring. I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

    • February 20, 2014 10:19 pm

      Thanks Karen. More in the pipeline about organic veg.

  90. March 1, 2014 11:10 pm

    Hi Sally, good to read your story :) now off to explore your blog…!

  91. March 4, 2014 6:46 am

    I just discovered your blog – truly wonderful. Can’t wait to read your next post!

  92. April 1, 2014 11:46 pm

    I love you blog! The pictures you take are gorgeous and make me really hungry :)

  93. April 7, 2014 10:16 pm

    Hello! Just letting you know we’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award. As always, acceptance is purely optional, so if you’re interest then please visit my post here http://arecipeforgluttony.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/versatile-blogger-awards/

  94. Mabel permalink
    May 5, 2014 2:57 pm

    Hi Sally, just right in time! hope you can visit FINER THINGS, (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Finer-Things/184998051596426) someday.

  95. May 17, 2014 7:03 pm

    Dubai! Who would’ve thought… ;) Cheers

  96. June 7, 2014 2:56 am

    Since we recently became Instagram friends, thought I’d take a minute to check out your blog. Great stuff! Looking forward to reading more. Cheers!

    • June 7, 2014 7:16 am

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I like your philosophy too :)

  97. Maha permalink
    November 16, 2014 1:59 pm

    Hi Sally, loving the blog and your advocacy of good food. I wanted to share this campaign with you, that promotes a need for regulations against fast food companies and I think it resonates with your dedication to a healthy lifestyle. I’m keen to see your thoughts on the matter :) http://www.circuitfactory.ae/suncity

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