Florence: the capital of art, the birthplace of the revered Renaissance, the heart of history with intricate links into the noble family of the great Medici duchy. We read of it in history books, tear our hair out over dates and facts to be remembered for examinations. Yet as we grow older, we become fascinated by the depth of its wealth and history – by the culture so stored within its architecture and its people. From Michelangelo to da Vinci, Florence – or as the Italians call it, Firenze, has seen its share of celebrated artisans, the work of which has impacted the world of art, from the shining days of the renaissance to the more contemporary and modern scenes of today.
The word "mandi" comes from the Arabic word nada, meaning "dew", and reflects the moist 'dewy' texture of the meat. Mandi (Arabic: المندي) is a traditional dish from Yemen of meat, rice, and spices. It is also eaten in some gulf nations. It is now very popular in other areas of the Arabian Peninsula, and it is also common in Egypt and turkey.
Once, not so very long ago, an Italian man had said: Italy was a poor country, you see. The people eat simple food. Those unschooled in in the ways of Italian cuisine and culture will marvel at the meaning of these words. Those who have had the good fortune to partake of a meal at an authentic Italian table, however, will know them to be nothing but the truth.
Food is one of the few things that unite people. Although, it has also generated fierce debates on the true origin of a beloved dish or two. In a melting pot such as Malaysia, tracing the origins of a dish can be especially tricky. Early settlers comprised of a complex melange of ethnic groups from neighbouring countries as well as from the across the seas. Bringing with them herbs and spices along with recipes from their native land, these unique cuisines set the foundation for what is known as Malaysian food today. With the passing of time, recipes were adapted due to influences of the different races, making it uniquely Malaysian. At the same time, making it a challenge to determine its origins.
Centuries of delightful ‘dolci’ have seen debates surrounding the origins of the revered tiramisu. While some records suggest that it was first conceptualised in the region of Veneto, others have stipulated that its birthplace might have been the city of Sienna. Such disputes matter little in the modern day dessert scene, however. Tiramisu, in literal terms, bears the meaning 'pick-me-up', which translates, figuratively, to sensations of bliss and joy that arise upon the tasting of its delectable flavours. It is a perfect blend of flavours, that has, through age and time, been refined and further refined, and today, sits pretty as one of the world's favourite desserts. This recipe has been improvised with the French sabayon technique and the addition of gelatine to allow this dessert to hold its shape for better presentation.
This is the story of how Kim’s Chocolates is bringing education to 65,000 children in Tanzania to lift them out of poverty – in partnership with Barry Callebaut.
“Murtabak” or “Martabak”, is a stuffed pancake or pan-fried bread that is commonly found in Saudi Arabia (especially the Tihamah and the Hejaz regions), Yemen, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand. The main ingredients of the “Murtabak” (Meat & Egg Turnover) are flour, salt, eggs and savoury meat or alternatively, a vegetarian filling. It is prepared by wrapping the filling in dough, folding it and frying, then repeating this process until you get a multi layered pan-bread of at least 4 centimetres thick. Malaysian Chicken Curry or Beef Curry Murtabak is a delicious snack made from roti bread filled with a ground curried beef or chicken filling and egg. In Malaysia, there is no specific time where “Murtabak” can be served. Malaysians eat “Murtabak” anytime of the day and all year round. This is my own “Murtabak” recipe, which was handed down to me through many generations. Try it and Good Luck!
Rome – Once the seat of the great Roman empire, it houses two thousand and five hundred years of celebrated history. Taking a walk in the city center of Italy’s capital invokes sensations of glee in those who love action-packed movies set in ancient Rome. One almost expects to see gladiators in horse-driven chariots charging along the cobblestone streets, spears held at the ready to break some invisible enemy down. Ladies in chitons and gents in togas riddle the mind. In Rome, one relives the days of the Holy Roman Empire, set so far down the road of history. It is magical. It is wonderful.
It is Rome.
Pastries are the cornerstone of the food industry. One cannot set foot into most food establishment without there being at least a few pastry items on the menu. But unbeknownst to many, there are countless hours necessary to provide quality pastry to customers. This is where Clement Lim and Pastry World come in. Pastry World is a one stop provider for any and all pastry needs. This is how restaurants can cut down on their pastry production, by having Pastry World provide high quality and delicious pastry for them, cutting down on kitchen space and man-hours which they would otherwise have to sacrifice.
These simple chocolate tarts with pâte sucrée dough are so easy to whip up and are a great finish to any meal. Skip the glazing step if you prefer a fresh rustic look on your tarts instead of a shiny luxuriousness.