December 20, 2018.Reading time 7 minutes.
This year, Christmas will be a family affair at my daughter Nicola’s in Worcestershire with seven ‘grown-ups’and three little ones: my grandsons Freddie (3¾), Benjamin (1) and Rufus (3 months). Nicola is going to do the Christmas Day cooking with her brother Jonathan and the rest of us will prepare contributions ahead to take with […]
December 14, 2015.Reading time 7 minutes.
I’ve rarely ‘done’ Christmas. When my kids were small we nearly always went to my parents’ home and they cooked; in recent years I’ve often gone to my brother Adam’s; last year I was at my daughter Nicola’s; the rare occasion I’ve hosted Christmas my son or daughter have stepped in offering to cook the […]
November 16, 2015.Reading time 18 minutes.
The lovely people at Waitrose got in touch again last week. Last year they asked me to take part in a project about mulled wine, this year, in the run-up to Christmas, they’re looking for bloggers to write about family foodie traditions at Christmas. As soon as I heard about the project one word came […]
July 16, 2015.Reading time 10 minutes.
I do love going to Carluccio’s events. Well for a start, how can you resist an invitation that comes in a pretty box full of Gianduiotti chocolates – a divine mix of chocolate and hazelnuts. Then, when you arrive, there’s always wonderful food to eat – like at the sharing plates launch in April and […]
December 27, 2014.Reading time 10 minutes.
I had a wonderful couple of days at my daughter Nicola’s over Christmas. I hope you had a good Christmas too! Arriving on Christmas Eve, I’d gone up to Birmingham quite early to try to avoid the Christmas rush on the M40. Nicola was busy cooking; Rachael was at work. I acted as sous chef […]
December 6, 2014.Reading time 12 minutes.
The blog is a constant source of joy, not least because it’s led me to meet some lovely people: other bloggers, chefs and restaurateurs who have been willing to let me interview them (click here), owners of food shops and cafes, and today two other people who are as enthusiastic about Italy and Italian food as […]