Food Writing

I belong to a wonderful book group that meets weekly in The Roebuck pub at the top of Richmond Hill. They kindly save us a table in a quiet corner with a window looking out across the glorious and famous view which has been painted by JMW Turner and others, down Richmond Hill to Petersham […]

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An Urban Beekeeping Workshop

Although I have no ambition to become a beekeeper, I was immediately attracted to the Guild of Food Writers’ April workshop: Urban Beekeeping and the Challenges of Raw Honey Production in the Modern World. Everyone has heard about the plight of bees and the threat to our environment due to their dwindling population worldwide. A […]

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A Vermouth Revival

Delightful serendipity was at work again in my life when I saw The Guild of Food Writers were organising a workshop on ‘vermouth’ only a couple of weeks before my next trip to Turin – home of vermouth! I was excited to be accepted as a member of the Guild, an association for professional food writers […]

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My Week in Food

It’s been a great foodie week with visits to a couple of old favourites, a new restaurant discovery and a little bit of home cooking. Here it is:   Sunday Sunday at home and a delicious chicken dish made with mushrooms and Madeira. A perfect Sunday meal. Click here for recipe.   Monday I was […]

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The Sad Demise of Independent Cafes & Restaurants

It was with great sadness I heard that Patisserie Valerie was going into administration and many closing down, including the iconic ‘original’ in Old Compton Street. In fact it wasn’t actually the original, which was opened in Frith Street in 1926 by Madame Valerie, a Belgian woman. When the cafe was bombed in World War […]

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My Week in Food

It’s quite a while since I last wrote one of these posts but they’re fun to do occasionally and a great way to mention favourite restaurants I revisit and recipes I cook again. It’s been a good week of friends, food and expeditions. Come and share it with me …   Friday I had a […]

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Art & Food

Two of my favourite things to do in London is to go to the theatre – which I do once or twice a month – and to go to an art gallery. Sometimes the gallery is to see an exhibition; sometimes to attend a talk, lecture or even a short course on art history. Then, […]

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Travel Gourmet’s Food Memories

Food has always been an important part of my life’s journey from small child to now. I grew up in a family that loved and appreciated good food and my childhood was filled with trips to Soho food stores on Saturday mornings followed by breakfast at the famous Maison Bertaux in Greek Street. Birthdays and […]

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A Single Person’s Guide to Entertaining

After my ‘quick fixes’ yesterday, I thought it worth reblogging my guide to easy entertaining from 3 years ago. More time spent in the kitchen doesn’t necessarily translate to better food … and remember you’re supposed to have fun too!

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Travel Gourmet’s 5 Quick Fixes in the Kitchen

My attitude to preparing meals is very ‘pure’ in the sense that I never buy ready-made meals, I buy good quality – mostly organic – ingredients and keep things simple; an emphasis on cooking Italian style with just a very few ingredients. When I was a young thing with a young family, I used to […]

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