One of the most remote of the Mascarene Islands, some 350 miles beyond Mauritius, is Africa’s most easterly point. A tiny nut shaped gem sat in pristine emerald and turquoise sea, Rodrigues is often quoted as being the Cinderella of Mauritius. The island is a well hidden gem and only royalty tread the green grass … Continue reading Where is Rodrigues Island?… Part I
Vegan brownies anyone?! Baked a tray full ... gluten free, sugarless, with bananas, cranberries, almonds, and orange peels... wicked and yummy 😋 Soft, gooey, and completely vegan friendly, these chocolate brownies have no egg, sugar or dairy but are still as tasty as ever. This brownie recipe includes instructions on how to make a prune … Continue reading Vegan tray bake Brownies … yummilicious!
This pic I borrowed from a friend's post reminds me so much of the early sunrises on balmy mornings in TayHo, Hanoi by the lake round our house .... such memories when lilies burst themselves open in Summer
East Timor, or Timor Leste. Most visitors never see beyond the area’s few popular beaches, but this province spreads across ancient rainforests and unruffled shores. I take a walk. The clouds, the sea, the sand all shimmer in the same slate gray. Children graze the water, chest-deep in waves. Dinner is nigh. I love the … Continue reading Timor Leste,of beaches and sunsets
Mauritius, where I grew up, spells stretches of beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean. But what you probably do not know is that the islander's staple foods run into two : rice, and rougaille, a delicious tomato stew in Provencal herbs and garlic. It is the base for many sauces, carrying meat, sausage, salted fish, … Continue reading Rougaille, Mauritian Provencal Tomato stew
Watermelon salad It is so refreshing! The watermelon has such a beautiful sweetness to it, the pilipili (scotch bonnet) give it some heat, the feta cheese adds the necessary creaminess, and the cilantro adds the special flavour. Totally addictive! I promise. The recipe is super easy: 1/8 of a watermelon 1/2 of a green … Continue reading Fresh Watermelon Salad
I Love all things paper and textile. When I studied Packaging as one component in my BFA course, a new world unfolded to me. Years later, I still get attracted to pretty wrapping papers, and I do admit I like IKEA's designs. Never short of pulling a couple as I pass by the aisle on … Continue reading Easter Gift wrapping and IKEA
How will you spend your Easter holidays, dear readers? I’m afraid I will be away from home working – I had some Easter spirit already when decorating It makes us feel excited because when Easter comes we know that SPRING is in sight, which is so exciting, isn’t it? Easter lends a pretty good reason to … Continue reading For a Pretty Pink Easter!
This Lemon Drizzle Cake comes from Nigella Lawson, whose recipes I have been cooking from for over 10 years. Some of the recipes are so good that I have made them over and over repeatedly to the detriment of trying out new recipes, asking friends who are more successful than me. But I was happy … Continue reading Lemon Drizzle Cake
As a traditional tea-time snack, they are lovely with a cup of tea and will do wonders in helping you to unwind. That and the fresh, country air. Welsh to be precise ... I happen to really love afternoon tea, that time when the day starts to wind down but isn’t quite over yet, that … Continue reading WALES AND WELSH CAKES
I recall one Summer in France, we bought loads of these dainty little cake, a speciality of Bordeaux, and we chomped non stop on them driving across the countryside. It is a compelling pick me again taste which border a sticky gummy muffin like but tastes like a baba-au-rhum. A few years ago, I came … Continue reading Cannelés, Bordeaux style
I have just received an email from Jorge, my translator when I started working in Timor Leste (East Timor), who then transformed himself into an excellent trainer. He writes: I have just returned f… Source: Timor Leste – rising!
According to Forbes, 12% of Hong Kong's adult population are millionaires, with HK$1 million or more in liquid assets, such as stocks and bonds.Most of Hong Kong’s super-rich earned his or her first million at the age of 33. “These investment-savvy people, with diversified investment portfolios, regard stocks as the most preferred investment vehicle and are willing … Continue reading Hong Kong … city of millionaires!
Apollon himself manifests, like Zeus with Cronos, as heir of Koios through his mother Leto. His very own most sacred image found at every home was that of a tall upright (usually black, but I am uncertain if it was of a natural pigmentation of stone or if it was coated with substance to give … Continue reading Apollon – Shiva veneration
Gâteau Breton The moment we arrive in Brittany, we look for the next pâtisserie to pick up a local delicacy, which usually sums up in the round Gâteau Breton. 'It makes the coffee speak' says my husband whose sweet tooth is known to one and all. Pretending to be like an Ostrich is the … Continue reading Breton Delicious pastries
Hello from Africa! I’m back in civilization for a brief moment and thought I would give you a quick update from our last trip to Kenya's National park and Sheldrick's Wild Life Trust. Africa is wonderful. Africa is God’s zoo. To be so close to so many animals really gives you an appreciation of nature … Continue reading Kenyan Safari … in Nairobi
What makes France such a great wine nation? Many things contribute, including climates, soils, the people and their culture, the monks and the church's early role. Soil also rates high on the list of factors. France is blessed with an inordinately large share of limestone-based soils, which most grapevines love. LOIRE VALLEY … Continue reading French Wines .. Understanding them
While a wine’s flavour can be quite complex, its origins shouldn’t be. Go simple, clear your senses, and you will get it! But how to understand the label, to a novice it will all seem the same. French wine classification systems exist to inform consumers of the process used to make each bottle and indicate its … Continue reading French Wine… how to choose the best?
To understand a country's people and culture, you need to get a glimpse of their cuisine. And to get to the bottom of it is to head to the local market. Visiting French markets when we are on holidays, is a must for me. Just like many foreign visitors might tell you, the market … Continue reading French markets … an institution!
After buying and selling two times in France, we hope that this third one proves to be lucky! .... Somewhere, I can almost hear the famous statement ' Jamais deux sans trois' - never twice wihout the third time ... I shudder. After visiting properties in a close 100+ during our search in the 35 departments, we … Continue reading Our foot in the Vendée !
My recent trip to visit baby elephants we have been fostering for many years now at Sheldrick Wild Life Trust in Nairobi, Kenya, proved to be more than a confirmation to what I believe in - nature and wildlife conservancy is more needed than ever. World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many … Continue reading World Wild Life Day
My visit to Seychelles was not a touristy one. I was Advisor to the Ministry of Women's Affairs on a UNDP assignment, and travelled to the island to visit Micro-Finance projects. Reading reports and meeting stakeholders took most of my time. But did I mention that I had previously visited the island with … Continue reading Seychelles .. island of the Coco Fesse
After many years living in Vietnam, I came to take the 'AwZai'- Ao Dai for granted until I stumbled upon Benny Hanigal's photos. They brought memories back, dear friends, busy and noisy Hanoi, the Old Quarters, my haunts in Don Xuan market for silk, weddings with fairy like decorations amidst chaos, balmy evenings at Uncle … Continue reading Ao Dai … Vietnamese Dress
Living in an urban environment certainly has its many advantages, but most of us city folk still pine for the great outdoors. And if weekend or vacation outings just aren’t enough, there are plenty of designers out there who have created ingenious green designs that bring tiny little pieces of nature into our homes and … Continue reading Green Living … Decor
Unknown to the world but elevated to lofty heights in the world of French Classical Literature, is the love story Paul and Virginie set in the lush tropical background of the island of Mauritius, then named Île de France. Today, all that remains is a stack of rocks and a concrete plaque facing the sea … Continue reading Paul & Virginie, the world forgot this love story
Staying in Dili, Timor Leste working for the UN after the referendum was an eye opener for me. I discovered what a ravaged country by conflict looks like, I realised that each child I saw was an orphan. Beach shacks were not fanciful dwellings but real homes. I understood that the sea we take for … Continue reading Timor Leste … Christ’s beach
Migration barriers have complex effects, among which is a cost to global economic efficiency. A recent research literature has asserted that, far from having an economic cost, migration barriers may in fact enrich the world economy. It is claimed that barriers do this by stopping the spread of impoverishing ‘culture’ or ‘institutions’ from poor to … Continue reading Migration .. a crisis?
Impossible de ne pas tomber sous le charme de Brighton. C’est une ville pleine de charme, surprenante, au style très anglais et excentrique. Décalée et cosmopolite, avec ses étudiants du monde entier qui viennent y apprendre l’anglais et ses retraités anglais qui viennent y profiter d’un temps plus clément que sur le reste de l’île. … Continue reading Brighton, Son Pier et ses Lanes
What is it about being a true global brand these days? Do we still have to think global and act local? Or has the web changed all that, bringing the world together more than ever before? Globalization has always been something that the advertising industry has struggled with. In the past, the main role of … Continue reading Global Brands?
It is no secret that if you want people to love your brand these days. Adriana Lima’s Teleflora’s TV commercial aside, you’ve got to generate lust for the brand that leads to deep love. And I don’t mean David Beckham‘s HUGE skyscraper poster of him in his underwear for H&M overlooking 7th Avenue in New … Continue reading Branding ? Eh …
La tendance prône le mélange des styles modernes et traditionnels. La décoration de demain compte sur des tons naturels et subtils combinés avec des objets décoratifs tape-à-l’œil. La fonctionnalité de l’habitat reste un point majeur de la décoration actuelle.. ci-dessous les tendances de l’année 2016. Tout comme l’année passée, la tendance de décoration intérieure est … Continue reading Tendances Déco 2016
Les tendances passent, se suivent, se renouvellent parfois ou changent tout simplement de nomination. Elles se mélangent et se superposent le plus souvent. Une tendance en décoration n’annule pas la dernière, il est rare d’avoir une véritable rupture de genre, et comme toujours, c’est le temps qui nous dira quelle elle était vraiment LA tendance des années 2000. Je … Continue reading Tendances … Décor?
Markets in Mauritius are feasts for all senses. Hustle and bustle; vendors calling out their wares and prices in Creole; the smell of sweat, incense, salted fish and sweet pineapples; bargains and rip-offs. My favourite part of any market is the fresh fruit and vegetable section. Having grown up in Port Louis, I would know … Continue reading A day in Port Louis, street food Galore!
To bring the cliche forth, each and every habitant of Mauritius has the Alooda in his/her DNA ... sounds cheeky, right? But True. Alouda is a Mauritian drink made with milk, evaporated milk, sugar, agar agar (grass jelly) and basil seeds. It is sweet, but cold and refreshing, and the agar agar and basil seeds … Continue reading Alooda or Falouda?
Une région encore vièrge et préservée Des mes voyages, j'en ai retenu notre séjour de 3 ans en Indonésie. Le plus sauvage, le plus isolé et le plus insolite de toutes nos reconnaissance avec la nature. Survolant l'archipel, le trés fameux Merpati, mieux connu pour ses annulations et retards que pour ses vols réguliers aux … Continue reading L’Ile de Raja Empat en Indonésie
Une chapelle, un croix et un calvaire plantés là, sur la falaise, face à la mer. Cette chapelle c’est la dénommée St Samson, construite en 1785. A cette époque, alors que la grande route « touristique » qui la longe n’existait pas, elle devait vraiment être au milieu de nulle part. Sa fontaine était bien … Continue reading Dol de Bretagne … milles visites
Je vous partage aujourd’hui 3 bonnes adresses de chocolatiers en Bretagne. Ils font partie de mes préférés mais il y en aurait tellement d’autres à citer ... Les nénettes – Vannes ©LesNénettes Les Nénettes c’est une histoire de chocolat mère/fille qui créent leur entreprise en janvier 2011 à Vannes avec un concept innovant et féminin. … Continue reading Chocolatiers en Bretagne
On connait l'Ile Maurice comme une destination avec une des plus belles plages du monde, mais qu'en est-il de sa .... petite soeur cachée? Rodrigues joyau de l'Océan Indien, ile sœur de l’Ile Maurice dont elle dépend administrativement, peuplée par seulement 38 000 habitants reste une destination encore méconnue du monde entier. Ile montagneuse, elle … Continue reading L’Ile Rodrigues … Destination Surprenante!
Mauritius was first named Ilha do Cisne, then Mauritius, then Ile de France, then again Mauritius. The Portuguese never settled the island, so you can blame the Dutch (or their rats and dogs) for the fate of the dodo. But the Dutch, after two stints plagued by endless troubles, left of their own accord, … Continue reading Chinese Mauritians …Smiling Buddhas?
Reunion island is mostly know to Francophones, after which they it link it to Mauritius. In fact, it is the other way round, being the only sister island to Mauritius in their volcanic history, both islands share a common mama of lava and eruption .... until Maurtius decided it wanted to close down its smoking … Continue reading Reunion Island
When I got married, my mother gave me the silver and gold payal adornment she had been keeping for me preciously. Like any other Hindu bride, I was entitled my share of feeling 'precious' on my special day. My White Brit husband had to bend by the rules of Indian jewelry in its bling and … Continue reading Payal … Indian Anklets
Yesterday saw local raspberries in Dar ... very happy, so I bought some. They reminded me of my island's ones which I have not seen for the last decade or so. Alas! reaching home, I realised that the taste was ... far far not what I expected. So had to chuck them away. Sad. Sweet, … Continue reading Tropical Raspberries ?
Ces fruits rares et bizarres des tropiques qui ont peuplé mon enfance, vavangue, santol, combava, noni, tamarin, carambole, bergamot, bilimbi, jacque, bibasse, atte, coronsole, roussaille ... Some of these rare and bizarre tropical fruits I grew up with ... Do you still remember them?
When we visited Cochin, spices and art were mostly what we wanted to see. But arriving there, we saw the dilapidated Jewish quarter reduced to the state of decay and negligence and salty brine air from the sea. Each seemed to conjure to bury a past which took a millennia to build. The strong whiff … Continue reading The Last Jews of India
Pendant très longtemps le « pain maison » a été le pain par excellence, celui qui se mangeait à toutes les occasions et qui constituait la base du déjeuner d’un nombre substantiel de personnes. Dans une assez large mesure c’est encore le cas. Le site seeyhoo.com a une phrase savoureuse à propos de cette nourriture bien terrestre : « Le pain maison est … Continue reading DiPain Maison
Derrière mon aquarelle se conjugue une histoire, .... mon ile et ses peuples. Surtout ceux avec le nombril dans l'esclavage. Quel sens donner au programme de l’Unesco La Route de l’esclave et de l’engagé dans l’océan Indien ? Pourquoi la mobilisation des chercheurs, des réseaux associatifs, des institutions politiques qui soutiennent et participent à ce … Continue reading Esclaves, tu dis?
Femme Noire, D'une race enfin libérée Après des siècles d'esclavage D'un métissage se cherchant Un Père,une Mère ou Patrie Accueillant ses Enfants unis En îlots,en famille,en clans Vis ta liberté
Avec la fête de l’Assomption célébrée a l'ile Maurice, les pâtissiers tiennent leur revanche. Pas de fête sans les traditionnels ‘gâteaux Marie’. Les commandes affluent et les chiffres d’affaires augmentent. Les prix varient, les formes changent. Comme chaque année, la fête de l’Assomption est synonyme de période de pointe où les commandes affluent. En sus … Continue reading Gateau Marie à l’Ile Maurice
Thinking, planning and designing a modern kitchen for our French house prompted me into thinking about the different kitchens I have been into in my nomadic life. My native home's kitchen back in Mauritius cannot fail to come to my mind. In spite of having electrical grinders and mixers, the reigning queen was our 'baba … Continue reading Baba Roche Cari in France
On a wall in the Delhi Crafts Museum, several years ago, I spot mural painting in the Mithila folk style. This is traditionally an art form done by women, painted on the walls of houses, in celebration of major events such as births, marriages and festivals, are very common in teh sate of Bihar. The … Continue reading Mithila or Madhubani, Naive Art style of Bihar
An Albatros wing span is as long as 3m40, the largest of any bird on earth, while its close extinct cousin, the Dodo evolved into a rotund small winged one...for it did not have predators, hence no need to fly for survival. The lesson is although being born on paradise one is not guaranteed eternal … Continue reading Dodo
Many wonder where I get my inspiration from for my watercolours.... my beautiful island and its people