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Jamie Oliver launches on UAE TV

In his brand-new series for FOX Life, Jamie Oliver's 'Quick & Easy Food' show will be available on eLife in the UAE as of November 2, 2017.

Each episode will bring focus to a delicious dish that uses just five ingredients, focusing on ease, simplicity, and clever time-saving hacks and techniques to produce great food. Jamie will cover all the big-hitters -- main courses, including veggie dishes, salads and pastas, sweet treats and everything in between.

On launching his new show, Jamie Oliver said: "I'm so excited about my brand-new series. Creating and filming Quick & Easy Food has been a revelation for me. I can't tell you how excited I am to share it with you. It's beautiful, clear, fast-paced and just full of great ideas. Sometimes the simplest things are the best -- I can't believe it's taken me 20 years to work out that just focusing on five ingredients, killer combinations and technique can give you some of the most exciting cooking ever. Watch this space!"

Jamie Oliver's Quick and Easy Food series premieres on Fox Life Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 19:00 UAE time.

Food Fest

Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet will be ready to serve the streets of City Walk this month in a first time ever street-food style festival. Taking place between November 2 to 4, 2017, the Le Gourmet Food Fest hopes to cement Galeries Lafayette's position as an innovator, not only by hosting the Festival in the block located in front of its recently launched space in Dubai's City Walk; but, more so by recreating a full-on festival atmosphere.

Expect a vibrant marketplace atmosphere, displaying an array of boutique vendors and food-trucks offering a host of quick bites, with live music sessions, a dedicated kids zone and kitchen demonstrations. The Food Fest will take place from 4-11pm on November 2, from 2-11pm on November 3 and from 2-8pm on November 4. See

Grill something

SKINTED George Foreman 4-portion Family Health Grill, Dhs100, A good buy for health-conscious students, this bargain grill is easy to use and maintain, thanks to its highly non-stick coating which can be wiped clean. When cooking meat, the fat and grease are collected in the removable drip tray, making it a healthier option than pan-frying.

MINTED Tefal OptiGrill+ health grill, Dhs799, This multifunctional grill cooks everything from sandwiches to steaks, with different programmes for each. It cleverly recognises the thickness of meats such as steak, and will beep to indicate rare, medium etc, ensuring perfect results without any guesswork. The sloped grill means oil or fat drains into the drip tray resulting in healthier cooking.

Beat diabetes walk

Landmark Group will host the ninth edition of the Beat Diabetes Walk at the Dubai Creek Park on Friday, November 24, 2017. The walkathon is an initiative to encourage people to monitor blood glucose levels through regular screening and inspire them to eat healthy and stay active through information driven activities. Registrations for the Beat Diabetes Walk in the UAE can be completed online at up until November 18, 2017, and cost Dhs20 per person above 14 years, Dhs10 per child between 8 -- 14 years, and free for children below.


The region's biggest food truck movement, Truckers DXB will explore Dubai and Abu Dhabi from November 1 to December 23, serving delicious meals from around 60 food trucks, including the likes of Calle Tacos, Swag, The Shebi, Casa Latina, Kono Pizza, Wingsters, Frings and more. From November 1 -- 15, find the festival at Ibn Battuta Mall at the parking lot in front of Marks & Spencer, from November 3 -- December 16 the Food Truck Jam will be at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, on November 10 and December 15 find Truckers & Riders at Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club Dubai, from November 11 to December 23 at Emirates Golf Club, on December 2 at Sky Dive Dubai, and from December 7 -- 23 at Abu Dhabi Food Festival. For more information see

Cirque de Cuisine returns to Atlantis, The Palm

After Atlantis, The Palm launched the inaugural Cirque de Cuisine in May 2017, the dine around event is set to return with a Winter Wonderland theme for the festive season. Taking place in The Avenues at Atlantis on December 7, early bird tickets for the all you can eat and drink concept start at Dhs495 and will include four hours of festive fun including free flowing bubbles from 7pm until 11pm. The premise of Cirque de Cuisine: The Festive Edition allows diners to wander from restaurant to restaurant, enjoying signature dishes, live cooking stations, buffets, drinks and live entertainment, all with a festive twist. The nine signature restaurants, including the likes of Nobu, Bread Street Kitchen, Ronda Locatelli and Yuan, will only open for Cirque De Cuisine ticketholders and guests will be able to roam and sit freely in any of the participating restaurants moving from one to the next at leisure. Tickets are available at for Dhs535 per adult and Dhs335 for juniors aged 12 and above. Early bird tickets are priced at Dhs495 for adults and Dhs295 for juniors. Call 04-4262626.

Love lobster?

Dubai Creek Marina is set to go lobster loco this November as it hosts the eighth annual Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show, complete with an all-new 'LobsterFest' and family-friendly activities from November 9 to 11.

The festivities kick-off at 4pm on Thursday 9 November, with the newly introduced LobsterFest -- a dedicated area within the event where guests can load-up on a variety of tasty lobster dishes from Dhs45. Entertainment will commence at 6.30pm and continue into the evening.

On Friday 10 November, things get off to an early start with the ever-entertaining dragon boat races, starting at 7am. The event officially opens at 12pm when guests can again tuck into delicious lobster dishes, followed by an array of fun and exciting kids' activities including various games, balloon activities, face painting, arts and crafts workshops, soft play areas, bouncy castles and an interactive petting zoo.

The 2017 Dubai Pre-Owned Boat Show is open from 4pm to 9pm on November 9, and from 12pm to 9pm on November 10 and 11. Entry to the show is free of charge.


Carrefour hypermarket has opened doors at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, and will be the first in Abu Dhabi to include all its bespoke food concepts including Food 2 Go, Healthy Kitchen, Chocolate Factory, Candy Store and Green Home. Offering shoppers more than 100,000 products from food to non-food as well as thousands of household goods, the new store will also include live cooking stations with ready-to-eat meals prepared by chefs on-site.


Ghaf Kitchen, the restaurant on wheels, has announced its new home at the Waterfront Market in Deira. Replacing one of Dubai's most historic institutions, The Waterfront Market will be a hub for fresh food shopping in the region, and Ghaf Kitchen on-location will be dishing up the freshest of ingredients with menus chalked onto the daily specials board. Expect menu items like the fresh catch burrito, the Ghaf burger with house-ground Aberdeen Angus beef, fresh lemonade, artisanal coffee and more. Now open at Waterfront Market, Deira from 9am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends and all national holidays. See

Books for cooks

Comfort by John Whaite (Dhs100, Kyle)

Full of cosy recipes, this book by 2012 Bake Off winner John Whaite is perfect for when the weather turns. Clever twists on dishes elevate them to dinner-party worthy standard, from Indian shepherd's pie with a sag aloo top to tartiflette pizza (hello double carbs). Our must-try recipe Pecan, cranberry & dark chocolate pie

River Cafe 30 by Ruth Rogers, Sian Wyn Owen & Joseph Trivelli (Dhs140, Ebury Press)

London's iconic River Cafe restaurant turned 30 this year, and to celebrate, they've updated 90 recipes from the best-selling 1994 River CafAaAaAeA@ Cookbo and written 30 new ones, making this a bible for fans of modern Italian food.

Our must-try recipe Spaghetti al limone

Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour (Dhs105, Mitchell Beazley)

This new collection from the queen of Persian cookery makes entertaining a doddle.

There are menu ideas for all occasions built around her flavour-packed Middle Eastern sharing food, whether it's piles of colourful vegetables, spiced pies or marinated meat. Our must-try recipe Pork & fennel baklava

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Date:Nov 30, 2017
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