Meet our foodie…Dana

Posted on: July 18th, 2015 by Carolyn 2 Comments

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You may have seen her delicious recipes on her blog Danaeats, maybe you have seen her featured in the Spinneys FOOD Magazine or perhaps you know of Dana through the unique events company, The Purple Chair.

However it is that you know this talented individual, we are beyond excited to introduce you to our very first guest food blogger!  Yes, we along with Dana are going to be bringing you some of the tastiest treats to try at home and what`s better is that the recipes will be accompanied by her own food images.  Yipeee!!!  So today we would like you to get to know our special guest a bit more and find out what it is about food that she loves so much…

How did your passion for food begin?

I remember the day I tried my first ever recipe. I was a first year University student living abroad, and I had grown tired of eating pizza all the time. One night I was seriously craving a chicken fettuccine Alfredo, and I decided to try and make it at home. It got extremely messy in my kitchen and somehow there was cooking cream splattered all over my kitchen walls..but I got through it and the result was absolutely delicious. I had so much fun with it that I started making dinner 2 or 3 times a week, and from then on I fell in love with cooking. I started collecting cookbooks, attempting more complicated recipes, and everyday my kitchen became a little less messy.  A few months later I started my food blog and it’s been a delicious 4 year journey since then!

Your favourite type of meal to make…

I’d have to say a french apple tart. It has a wonderfully crisp texture, a sweet buttery flavour, and a delicious apple sauce topped with artistically arranged apple slices. I love experimenting with different ways of arranging the apples to create a visually stunning tart. It’s also one of my favourite desserts, especially when served with vanilla ice-cream.

3 Food staples you always have in your kitchen…

Rosemary or garlic infused virgin olive oil, lemons, and quinoa.

An ingredient you can`t live without…

You’ll never open my kitchen cupboard and not find honey. I use it in so many of my recipes, both sweet and savoury. I love adding a sweet texture to my salads, my favourite salad dressing is olive oil stirred with honey, a squeeze of lemon, and black pepper. I also love drizzling it

Who are your food heroes?

There is one chef I owe all of my inspiration to, and that is Ina Garten – also known as The Barefoot Contessa. I watch all of her food network episodes on repeat, and collect all of her cookbooks. I have never tried a recipe by her that didn’t come out incredibly delicious. When it comes to cake, the crown goes to Linda Lomelino. She’s a photographer and cookbook author who creates the most beautiful cakes i’ve ever seen. I’m a little too obsessed with her for my own good!

Your favourite cook book…

Julia Child – Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This was one of the first cookbooks I ever bought, and is still my most treasured one. Julia and her cookbook revolutionised home cooking when it first came out in 1961, and brought gourmet cooking to everyone’s interest. I adore Julia’s story and her style of cooking. It’s not very often that you find a cookbook with so much history behind it, and I think that’s what makes me love it so much.  Note: her recipe for Beef Bourguignon is to die for.

Your fondest food memory…

My fondest food memory goes back to when I was about 9 years old. I remember my mom asking me if I wanted to help her make bread from scratch to make homemade manakeesh. Manakeesh is a popular Arabic food which basically consists of a delicious dough topped with cheese, meat, or thyme. I remember standing on a little stool so that I could reach the kitchen counter, and helping my mother fold the dough and then rolling it out into smooth circles. The smell of the dough and the feeling of the dough sticking on my fingertips was a wonderful feeling, I still get nostalgic every-time I make the same kind of dough.

Your favourite place to have a cup of tea in Dubai…

My favourite place to have a cup of tea in Dubai is surely Fortnum & Mason. I love going up to the last floor which they call the ice-cream parlour, and having their Black Tea with Strawberry on a cold night in Dubai. In summer, my favourite is their Rose Pouchong Iced Tea.





2 Responses

  1. Dana Al Adham says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of this girl and her amazing recipes! <3

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