Lemon Pepper Calamari with a Lemon and Thyme Aioli

    I dream of calamari.  Crispy, tender, salty calamari with a dipping sauce I could pour all of my troubles into.  Pair it with a pitcher of quality margaritas and it’s a delicious happy hour fantasy.  I don’t know why I always picture this scenario alone.  Probably because I would enjoy the solitude but…

Uyghur Spiced Lamb Parcels

What is Uyghur food?         Some of the best food in China can be found in Xinjiang province, located in Western China and typically halal and more reminiscent of middle Eastern cuisine than of anything you would recognize from your local takeaway.  Popular dishes of this region are barbequed spiced lamb, hand-pulled…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bites

When I was a child, my favorite food was Chicken Cordon Bleu.  In my opinion, there was nothing to dislike.  Someone somewhere in Switzerland had come up with a sinfully perfect combination of fried chicken with salty ham and molten cheese center. As someone who LOVES fried chicken, I can’t think of anything better. As…