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Established in 2009, Kavey Eats is a detail-rich food & travel blog with a strong focus on culture, cuisine & history. Written from a personal, first-person perspective, my aim is to showcase, inform & inspire my readers through high quality photography & comprehensive coverage that puts each destination, its sights & my experiences there into context. Readers tell me that Kavey Eats makes them feel like they are travelling (& tasting) along with me, & that’s what inspires them to follow in my footsteps.

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Takeaway tonight from the pub next door (and yes, we did notice that when we came to view this place😁). Fish and chips, chicken strips and dips, fried mac and cheese balls with bacon, fried chilli mac and cheese balls, and curry sauce! A bit overboard with everything fried but I regret nothing! 😳 Now we are catching up on Resident Alien. (I ❤️ #alantudyk) What does you Friday night look like? #takeaway #fishandchips #fridaynightdinner #macandcheese #chickenstrips #foodpix #foodblogger #pubfood #onmytable #eatthis #endoftheweek

Palestinian maklubeh bajinjan (rice with aubergine and lamb) is another delicious recipe from @ghilliebasan's The Lebanon Cookbook, which shares the food of Lebanon along with neighbouring countries in the region including Syria and Jordan. 🍆 Like the last two dishes from the book that I've shared here on Insta, it's a recipe where a few ingredients come together to make a simple tasty dish. And yes, this week has been non-stop Ghillie recipes! 😁 🍆 #palestinianfood #homecooking #foodblogger #cookbook #cookerybook #foodpix #foodandtravel #onmytable #eatthis #fbchat21 #deliciousrecipes

Utterly delicious courgette and cheese bake from @ghilliebasan's Lebanon Cookbook. I don't know what kind of alchemy transforms courgettes, cheese, eggs, onions (with a little caraway and paprika) into such an outrageously delicious meal but this recipe just blew us away. @petedrinks made it for dinner yesterday and we had the rest for lunch today. So very very good and beautifully balanced! Today Pete's making a third recipe from the same book and I can't wait! I'll be writing a more in-depth review for Kavey Eats soon but in the meantime, I'll just enthuse about this lovely dish! #homecooking #lebanesefood #lebanesecuisine #recipe #foodpix #courgettes #zucchini #cheeseaddict #fbchat21 #foodblogger #cookerybook #cookbook #veggiefood #vegetarian

Yesterday @petedrinks made these delicious 'kibbeh labaniyya' for dinner, they are Lebanese meatballs cooked in yoghurt. Gently spiced meatballs are simmered in the yoghurt, with a little cornflour added to thicken the yoghurt into a sauce. We served ours with plain rice. The meatball recipe calls for lamb mince and bulgur, but we substituted the latter for pre-cooked freekeh to save a trip out to the shops, thanks to a little emergency advice via Messages from the recipe author! The substitute worked beautifully, thank you! The recipe is from @ghilliebasan's "The Lebanese Cookbook" which explores the food of Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, two of which I've visited in person. The third, Syria, I hope to visit one day. I love the cuisines of this region. We will be cooking more from the book this week so I can share a full review on Kavey Eats soon! #meatballs #homemademeatballs #yoghurt #naturalyoghurt #homecooking #onmytable #foodpix #foodblogger #cookerybook #cookbook #fbchat21 #lebanesefood #lebanesecuisine

I bought strawberries. In the UK. In March. 😳 As one of the fruits I usually buy only when they are in season here, I put my hands up and admit that I was overwhelmed by the temptation of these huge beauties grown in Spain. That's what happens when I'm let loose in a large supermarket fruit department for the first time in months – visual lusciousness overrules my usual behaviour! For produce that's readily grown here in the UK I do try to restrict myself to buying homegrown, in season, but that's hardest in winter when we are mostly inundated with root vegetables and brassicas (much as I love both). For produce that doesn't really grow well in our climate, I'm ok about importing it, especially tropical fruits! As per my recent jackfruit and longans and charts apples... I've hulled and chopped the strawberries and they are now macerating in key lime-zested sugar. We will have them with lactose-free cream for dessert. What are your "rules" on buying seasonal / imported produce? #strawberry #strawberries #strawberrylover #foodpix #foodblogger #seasonaleating #onmytable #dessertsofinstagram #instadessert #feedfeed #fbchat21 #guilty

Sri Lankan White Fish Curry

A souring and thickening agent unique to Sri Lanka, goroka (kokam) is a fluted orange fruit whose segments are dried, turning black. Spanish mackerel, skin on, cut into 3 cm (1¼ in) pieces 1 piece of Goroka (available from Asian grocers and specialist spice outlets) Place the coconut milk, spices, onion, chillies, garlic and curry leaves in a heavy-based saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until the onions are soft. This Sri Lankan fish curry powder can be used in a range of fish curries and also works well added to a little flour and used to season fish fillets before shallow frying.

There's a large round flower bed that we look out to from one of the study windows. When we bought the house, the bed was hopelessly overgrown with far too many different plants vying for space and light. It was a solid 2 metre high clump of densely packed growth, and not at all attractive! Gradually over the last two years @petedrinks (with help from his sister when she was allowed to visit) has hacked away much of the excess and heavily pruned what we've retained. And now those remaining plants are far healthier and have space to shine. This is a pieris japonica, also known as lily of the valley bush because the little bell-shaped flowers look so similar to actual lily of the valley, convallaria majalis. #lilyofthevalley #pieris #gardenflowers #gardening #greenery #springflowers #springishere #gardenblooms #fbchat21

Sri Lankan Snake Bean Curry

If you decide to buy this book after reading our content, please consider clicking through our affiliate link, located within the post and in the footnote at the end. This Sri Lankan Snake Bean Curry is a lovely and simple vegetable dish combining fresh beans, spices and coconut milk. This recipe is from Peter Kuruvita’s beautiful cookbook Serendip: My Sri Lankan Kitchen , a fantastic collection of traditional Sri Lankan curries, side dishes, snacks and desserts. Add the bean mixture and stir for 5 minutes, then add the coconut cream, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the cream has reduced by half.

Just made some key lime posset. Used lactofree cream – wasn't sure how it would come out as the lactofree cream isn't double cream, which is what I've always used for posset in the past. But since I've become intolerant of lactose in recent years, we always have lactofree milk and cream in the house now. Thought I'd give it a go and it worked fine. Yaaaaaay! For those who've not had or made it, posset is a thick, set cream dessert made of cream, sugar and sharp citrus juice, usually lemon. There's no gelatin or egg needed to thicken, it's the boiling of cream and sugar together that creates the texture, with the citrus juice going in at the end. The name posset originated in mediaeval times when it referred to a hot drink of sweetened milk curdled with wine or ale. By the 16th century, it had morphed into pretty much what it is today, but was served as an accompaniment to meat! I like fruity sauces with meat but not sure I'd enjoy this! I also zested the limes before juicing, as I didn't want to waste that lovely zest. I mixed that into sugar. I'm not sure how long it will last but should be nice to macerate fruit in, I reckon. It's now in a pot in the fridge. #keylime #limejuice #posset #dessert #citrusfruit #homecooking #instadessert #fbchat21 #foodblogger #foodpix #kitchentable #onmytable #fruittibox #limezest

Sri Lankan Pineapple Curry

If you decide to buy this book after reading our content, please consider clicking through our affiliate link, located within the post and in the footnote at the end. One night after I had cooked a Sri Lankan buffet for the resort guests we served the leftover curries to the Indian guys. 2 cm (¾ in) pieces Heat the ghee in a heavy-based saucepan, add the onion, pandanus leaf, lemongrass and curry leaves and cook over low heat for 6–8 minutes or until the onion is translucent. If you decide to buy this book after reading our content, please consider clicking through our affiliate link, located within the post and in the footnote at the end.

Tonight's dinner was a fiery Thai jungle curry with chicken thighs and courgettes. My mouth was burning but it was so good! Thai curries are a firm favourite for us abs we have them at least a couple of times a month. I won a giveaway of these @paystltd curry pastes a few weeks back, Payst are the same team as @farangldn, the London Thai restaurant who made the first restaurant kit at home that we ordered last year. For us, using a good quality Thai curry paste makes for a really quick dinner: just add your chosen protein and vegetables, plus a can of coconut milk. We like red, green and yellow plus, Penang, Massaman and Jungle curries. Our favourite proteins are chicken thighs or fried tofu puffs, and for vegetables we favour green beans or courgettes... and maybe potatoes if it's a Massaman, though not always as we always want rice and tend not to double carb... #thaifood #thaifoodstagram #thaifoodlover #foodpix #homecooking #easycooking #fbchat21 #onmytable #eatthis #junglecurry #thaicurry #thaicuisine #foodblogger

I've finished all of my delicious tropical fruit and feeling a little sad. Here's the passionfruit I ate a few days ago – I scooped the flesh and seeds of four of the fruits into a jam jar, added a little sugar, have the sealed jar a shake and left it in the fridge a while before eating. So good! What are you favourite tropical fruits? #passionfruit #tropicalfruit #foodpix #freshfruit #foodblogger #foodandtravel #deliciousfood #fbchat21 #onmytable

The Best Traditional Food from the UK

There are specific sauces that pair well with each meat: horseradish sauce or mustard with beef, bread sauce or cranberry sauce with chicken, mint sauce or redcurrant sauce with lamb and apple sauce for roast pork. all rather sweet and very filling, and traditionally served with plenty of custard on top, unless you prefer yours with cream, or ice cream cream, or a combination! Afternoon tea is traditionally served on a three tier stand, and includes delicate finger sandwiches, scones served with jam and cream, and a selection of dainty cakes and pastries. Don’t confuse afternoon tea with a cream tea (scones with jam and cream, and a pot of tea, but no sandwiches or pastries), or with high tea (a working class synonym for the evening meal, so called because it was eaten at a high – dining – table).

This afternoon @petedrinks baked the Forgotten Date Cake from @anasatassi's Sumac, a beautiful cookbook of Syrian recipes. We haven't made the caramel sauce to go with it, but the cake stands on its own–it's light, beautifully spiced, not too sweet. We both really like it! I love using dates in smoothies but haven't used them like this in a cake, though I'm familiar with their use in sticky toffee pudding. This cake is somewhat like that, especially served with the caramel sauce. This is one of the recipes I'll be sharing in my blog review of the book on Kavey Eats next month. Have you used dates in your baking before? #cookbook #cookerybook #homebaking #homecooking #freshlybaked #foodblogger #foodandtravel #syrianfood #syriancuisine #inmybelly #fbchat21 #datefruit #bakinglove

One of the things I love about the garden of our new home in Wales* is the many hundreds and hundreds of daffodils planted all around it. There are small bunches in many beds, and around the feet of some of our huge redwoods, and a sloping bank that's entirely covered with them. So beautiful! *It still counts as a new home after 2 years, right? Since we were in the last one 24 years, it's all relative! Because there are so many we can cut some to bring the joy inside, which I'm loving, especially backlit by the sunshine outside, as they are now! I am so happy that our days are longer again, that it's light for longer than it's dark, that the sun is out as often as not and that spring is asserting itself. Everything is green and lush, with flowers bringing colour back. Our magnolia tree buds are on the verge of bursting open, the first of our many rhododendrons have already started to flower. It's glorious! #springflowers #springblooms #springishere #daffodils #instaflowerlovers #flowerlove #springlove #fbchat21 #ourhouse #joyfulliving

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