Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Soup

The key to making good cauliflower soup is to give the cauliflower long enough in the oven so that it can caramelise and ooze its sweetness. I find cauliflower soup to be particularly delicious, probably because its sweetness and colour makes me feel like I’m slurping on some kind of savoury dessert. It’s not hard…

Recipe: Rojos Chilaquiles

Weirdly, we discovered this Mexican dish in Bolivia. We ate it again when we reached Mexico and it did nothing but confirm to us that this was a great new meal to add to our already HUGE list of ‘Mexican food we love’. It seemed like it should be easy enough to make, so once…

Recipe: Bocconcini Bruschetta

This would have to be one of my favourite snacks, lunches and dinners right now. Any chance I get to make it, I’m in. Except for the bocconcini, the ingredients are all ones that I tend to have on hand anyway. Every so often, I usually buy a tub of bocconcini so that when the…

Recipe: Shakshuka

Shakshuka is one of those delicious, warming meals that I can almost never say no to when I see it on a brunch menu.  It is also a perfect ‘breakfast for dinner’ meal too. I love it any time of the day. I’ve played with making it in the past – it should be easy…

Video: Cuba

We heeded the warnings. God knows, if we’ve learnt anything on this trip, it’s to never let a travel warning go unheeded. So instead of applying our kindergarten-level Spanish on a nation that is renowned for (a) it’s involuntary isolation from most English-speaking foreign influence; and (b) it’s reliably unreliable internet access; we decided to…

Six things you should know about Cuba

Cuba is a country that is unique in so many ways. Yes the food, the climate and it’s bizarre relationship with the USA are a few of the things that make it so different to home, but there are also quite a few practical tips that are really useful to be aware of. Here are…

The pastels of Trinidad

We had two nights in Trinidad before returning to Havana. The trip was drawing to a close, but first we all needed to learn how to salsa properly. For an hour, our group was taught a series of different moves by two Cuban teachers and then we paired up and practiced what we’d learnt. Being…

The curse of the tummy bug

This day would prove to be my most difficult of the tour. I had an upset stomach (I’m not sure how as I’d been so careful!) and we had a fair few hours on the bus ahead… Topped off with some snorkelling. Nice one Nic! Our first stop was a crocodile sanctuary. I didn’t particularly…

Three must-do’s in Vinales

Described in our itineraries as one of the prettiest places in Cuba, Vinales was a very cute spot to spend two nights. There was a main street with lots of restaurants and the main square and then side streets lined mostly with pastel coloured villas.  Our group were treated on arrival to lunch with a…

Havana, Cuba

Havana did not feel like a capital city. Aside from the Capitol building and certain hotels, it was not particularly modern. Even the most central buildings were crumbling at the edges. The city was stacked: most shops had housing on top that would stretch to four or five stories high. It felt like an overgrown,…