Meet the Contestants
Lynda Gibbons lives in Navan with her husband William and daughter Sophie and one brother who is 5 years younger than her. It’s her cousin Aoife who we visit in Dubai and
as kids, cousins Lynda and Aoife are up spending holidays and weekends together and share a strong bond, and when Linda’s parents became ill Aoife dropped everything and was on the first plane home to help.
Aoife Baxter has lived in Dubai for nearly 8 years and loves it, growing up Aoife is the youngest of three, with a brother and a sister. Unlike most Irish families she only had 2 cousins her own age and with only 3 days between Lynda and Aoife they grew up more like sisters than cousins and we would spend our free time together as we grew up.
Aside from missing family and friends back in Ireland it’s “pork” she craves so when she’s back in Ireland she’d eat pork for every meal given the chance.
In this episode Lynda and Catherine whip up Aoife’s favourite pork dish Medallions of Pork in a White Wine & Mustard Sauce served with Champ but when Catherine heads to Dubai to teach Aoife how to make it however Catherine chooses to respect the Muslim culture and tweaks the dish.
While pork can be bought in Dubai it is very expensive to buy and you need a special license to buy it and its only sold in certain stores so Catherine decides to swap the pork for ‘rose veal’ which is far cheaper and more accessible but still has the a similar texture and consistency to pork and she also decides to swap out the white wine for apple juice but will Aoife still feel that it tastes like home ??
Dubai Vegetable Souk
Dubai Spice Souk
Dubai Fish Souk
Dubai Fish Shack
Dubai Desert Safari