Inspired By: Alex Atala

Alex Atala – or as I call him, Alex Atala of the Amazonas. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, he is the chef of D.O.M. (currently #16 in World’s 50 Best Restaurants). Alex is a proud Brazilian, he prides himself in incorporating native ingredients in his food and keeping true to his roots by providing a…

Recipe: Black Forest Gateaux Cupcakes (V)

So this is a “fun-sized” version of the classic Black Forest Gateaux cake. This came about when my niece and nephew came round to stay for the weekend, and I asked them if they wanted to bake something – of course they agreed. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to experiment and try…

Bear Necessities: Indian Spices – Part 1

Whenever you hear the phrase “Indian Food”, almost anyone would associate it with spice. There’s a huge variety of spices used in Indian cooking. It’s these spices that create the explosive flavours in your mouth whenever you have a curry or some sort of Indian snack. So what you see in the picture below is…

Bear Experience: Catch-up with the crew at Papa J’s

I’m lucky enough to be one of those people that have groups of friends that if you don’t see each other or keep in contact for a while – when you do eventually meet up, the time spent apart is irrelevant. I think that’s an amazing quality in friendship if you are able to do…

Bear Experience: Brother’s birthday at ASK Italian

So – yesterday was my brother, Nishant’s, birthday. He has now turned to the tender age of 35. A lot of people look at him and then look at me and can’t believe that there is a 8 year gap between us. We didn’t really know what to get him for his birthday but my…

Introducing….

So here goes – my first post. So I want to just talk about myself a little bit, everyone secretly loves doing that to be honest…talking about themselves. Born into a modern Gujarati family, I have a Mother and Father (obviously!), an older brother and an amazing sister-in-law (we say Bhabhi in our language so…