May 14, 2017.Reading time 7 minutes.
I’m loving reading the Honey & Co. Food From the Middle East cookbook and after making the gorgeous Cherry, Pistachio & Coconut Cake last week, I decided to try out a main dish today. This great chicken recipe is a simple all-in-one, which can be prepared ahead, so perfect for entertaining, and it immediately appealed to me because […]
March 20, 2016.Reading time 6 minutes.
Today is the Spring Equinox – the first day of Spring. The 19th century poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote: ‘Nothing is so beautiful as Spring.’ To be honest, we’ve had such a mild winter that signs of Spring have been with us for weeks, but oh it’s so nice to know the real thing is […]
June 3, 2015.Reading time 8 minutes.
Once a friend sought some advice and when I’d given my thoughts she said she was so pleased she’d asked me as she knew I’d think the same way as her, and you should always seek advice from someone who will tell you what you want to hear. I was reminded of this exchange as […]
April 6, 2014.Reading time 6 minutes.
Nigel Slater must be on holiday because I found some Claudia Roden recipes in my Observer Magazine today. And much as I love Nigel’s recipes I couldn’t be disappointed because Claudia is a culinary hero too. The recipes were from her new edition of The Food of Italy to celebrate its publication 25 years ago […]
March 16, 2014.Reading time 7 minutes.
The sun has been shining and suddenly it’s summer in UK – even though we’re only halfway through March! I bought a chicken at the Twickenham Farmers’ Market yesterday morning and decided to cook a summery tagine flavoured with preserved lemon, fennel and green olives. I’d seen a a recipe I liked the look of […]
March 18, 2013.Reading time 7 minutes.
Coming back to a favourite cookery book after a little excursion into others – albeit in this case, not for very long! – is like coming home, meeting up with an old friend, being with family; familiar and cosy and you know everything will work just fine. My lovely daughter cooked a great meal […]
February 10, 2013.Reading time 9 minutes.
I took a trip across town last night – from west London to north London. Given the vagaries of central London roads, the journey to Islington – where I was meeting a friend for supper and cinema – can take anywhere from 40 minutes to over 2 hours. Surprisingly, given it was a rainy Saturday […]