An Easy Route to a Great Meal

Sometimes creating a great meal isn’t about spending hours in the kitchen ‘slaving over a hot stove’. Sometimes it’s just about buying top quality food and more or less putting it together. Well, in the case of brilliantly barbecued steak, it also requires a good cook who knows what they are doing. Fortunately for me […]

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Carluccio’s Christmas 2016 Press Show

Oh I do love Carluccio’s. Their cafés are great places to drop into any time of day from breakfast to late evening, for just a coffee (a smooth Milano or a feistier Napoli), a snack or a good meal. I buy lots of produce in their shops, usually found in a corner of the cafés, […]

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Waitrose Christmas Press Show 2016

The food industry have their Christmas Press Shows in the middle of summer so there’s plenty of time for journalists to write their pieces for magazines and papers. I’ve been to them in blazing sunshine. Today, however, the weather was more more wintery and so perhaps more appropriate as I struggled against rain and a strong wind […]

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Travel Gourmet’s Favourite Food Places in Richmond & Twickenham

The prestigious Observer Food Monthly Awards are published today and I was delighted to see one of my favourite restaurants, The Palomar, voted Best Restaurant in UK. It reminded me that I’ve had on my mind writing a post about my favourite food places in my local area: Richmond and Twickenham. People are often asking me […]

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Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2015

One of the perks of writing the blog is getting invitations to attend some great food events. I had a ticket for the Speciality & Fine Food Fair at Olympia and decided to stop off on my way home from interviewing Enzo Oliveri yesterday. Conveniently, it really was on the way home! The Fair is a ‘trade […]

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Maltby St Market, White Cube Gallery & Almeida Restaurant

It was some time ago that my friend Elsa got us tickets to see the much-acclaimed production of The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida Theatre in Islington. When she suggested meeting a bit earlier to make more of a day of it, I was happy to go with her plans and thus I met her […]

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A French 12th Night: Galette des Rois

OK. Well let me admit right from the start – it was actually a 9th night cake! When I bought this yesterday from Paul Bakery in Richmond and posted a photo to Twitter saying it was for ‘tonight’s family supper’, someone replied, but isn’t it meant to be for Epiphany? Frankly, I could easily eat […]

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Your Bakery Whitton

Whitton is only a couple of miles away from my home, but it’s been off my radar most of the time I’ve lived in the Twickenham area –  for well over twenty years! However, when Jonathan and Lyndsey moved to a house there a few months ago, I started to get to know it better. […]

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Arte Chef – Italian Deli-Cafe-Restaurant in Barnes

This is quite a special blog post. It’s my 500th, which to me feels like something worth celebrating. I’ve given some thought to what special, celebratory post I might write over the last few days – cooking something special, listing my favourite restaurants, my top kitchen gadgets or best new cookbooks. In the end, life […]

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A Carluccio Christmas

Yes, it is a little early … and it did feel a bit weird setting off to a Christmas party just 24 hours after arriving back from hot and sunny Spain, but in the world of big food business, Christmas necessarily has to start even earlier than at Harrods. The lovely people at Roche Communications […]

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