Category Archives: food

Meeting Meeta

  I expected it to be steamy and hot, deafening with the shouting of orders, the clang of metal spoons against cooking pots and the incessant pounding of pestle against mortar. What I found instead was a haven of calm … Continue reading

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Loving and leaving

Suddenly the days have become sunnier and the trees more glossy. The food has become more addictive and the cheap massages and pedicures more tempting. I’m sure you can guess why… it’s because we know we are leaving. Partir c’est … Continue reading

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Finding my homeland

“Some places make you feel more full than others,” said Palestinian author, Nathalie Handal at last weekend’s third Georgetown Literary Festival in Penang. The theme of the weekend was irresistible to me – Hiraeth – a Welsh word that means … Continue reading

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Eating Vietnam

We love travel and whenever we visit a new place eating is high on our agenda. As you know, I love everything about food – planning it, shopping for it, cooking it, sharing it and writing about it. Like most … Continue reading

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Who’s ein Berliner?

One of the disadvantages of choosing a lifestyle that forces your children to ‘grow up global’ is that there is every chance they will end up living in a different country from you. One of the advantages of choosing a … Continue reading

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The inside scoop on what to eat in Ipoh

Ipoh only really came into its own at the end of the 19th century with the growth of the tin-mining industry. Fleeing famine and poverty in China or as indentured slaves, countless Hakka families moved to the city in pursuit … Continue reading

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I am not a tourist

When I lived in the Netherlands there was an annual exhibition of this name that was very much a getting-to-know the country event. I often did a talk, occasionally had a stand there but always attended. I loved the title … Continue reading

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Bangkok eatathon

  It was a frightening 27 years ago that Ian and I last visited Bangkok. But when our great friend, Mary, said she’d be in the city for a conference and wondered whether we’d like to join her there the … Continue reading

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Things I love about Kuala Lumpur #3 – cheap eats

Ian and I love our weekend breakfasts – especially when you can buy ‘real’ bacon, which sadly, I don’t believe you can here. Sure, you can buy stuff that looks like bacon but frankly it does not cut the mustard. … Continue reading

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Falling in love again

No one could have been more surprised than I was. I mean, I had known almost 40 years ago how much it mattered to me and how, apart from being on a stage, it was the only thing I wanted … Continue reading

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