TV Review: Rick Stein – From Venice to Istanbul

OK. I am officially envious. Bright green with envy! Rick Stein has just embarked in his new TV series on BBC2 on a road trip from Venice to Istanbul. If someone were to say, What’s your dream road trip? Then I’d be pretty likely to come up with this one. However, if I can’t actually […]

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TV Review: Kew on a Plate

Regular readers of the blog will know how much I love Kew Gardens, which are local to me, just a couple of miles down the road. I’m currently recording a ‘year at Kew Gardens’ in mainly photos on the blog, month by month, and feel so privileged to have these world famous gardens on my […]

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TV Review: Italy Unpacked, Series 3: Puglia & Basilicata

Few things excite me more than the combination of food, Italy and art, so it’s not surprising that the beginning of a new Italy Unpacked series on BBC2 tonight got me very excited indeed. Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon and chef Giorgio Locatelli first got together on TV for the series Sicily Unpacked three years ago. Such a […]

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Favourite Books (1) – Travelling in Italy

It’s been a long time – 3 years! – since I wrote up my own Top Ten Cookery Books and since then I’ve often thought I should add more from time to time. I’m a cookbook addict and am always adding to my already huge collection because fashions in cooking change and while I hold […]

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Kew Gardens Incredibles Festival

I consider myself extremely fortunate to live close to the world-famous botanical gardens – Kew Gardens. As the gardens are only a couple of miles from my house it’s a place where I regularly go for a walk and my Friends of Kew Gardens ticket (£65 a year) gives me unlimited access so I can […]

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Exhibition Review: elBulli – Ferran Adria and the Art of Food, Somerset House

My friend Lucia thought I’d enjoy the elBulli exhibition at Somerset House and got us tickets. It was a rather strange concept: going to an 18th century London house of one-time formal splendour to see an exhibition about one of the world’s most extraordinary and creative restaurants and chefs. It really didn’t seem the right […]

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TV Review: Italy Unpacked

  In my Top Ten Foodie & Travel Things 2012, I listed Sicily Unpacked as my favourite TV programme of the year and said, ‘I hope 2013 sees these two (Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli) getting together again for something similar.’ I had no idea that my wish was to be so soon granted for tonight, […]

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Ottolenghi’s Mediterranean Feast

Well I’ve been raving about Ottolenghi and cooking up a storm of recipes from his wonderful new book, Jerusalem, over the last couple of weeks so you will understand, I’m sure, my excitement and pleasure to see in the paper today, as I looked at the TV listings, that a new Ottolenghi series was starting tonight, […]

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Book Review: MORO EAST by Sam & Sam Clark

Regular readers of this blog will know by now that my favourite cookbook is, without doubt, Moro East by Sam & Sam Clark. I did make an alternative all-time favourite choice in my own Top Ten Cookery Books early on in my blogging career, calling heavily on nostalgia (although Moro East was in my Top 10 list), […]

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