Enjoying Ice Wine | The Vineyards of Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario

Enjoying Ice Wine | The Vineyards of Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario

I adore dessert wines. The syrupy liquid nectar is too sweet for some, but I truly love the intensity of flavour that the best dessert wines bring to the glass. Some of my favourites are produced by noble rot, the action of Botrytis cinerea, a fungal mould that causes infected grapes to partially shrivel, raisin-like, [Read More…]

Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Cake

Sweet Potato & Marshmallow Cake

A few days ago I shared my review of Grow Your Own Cake, published by Frances Lincoln. Click through to read more and to enter my giveaway to win your own copy of the book. This intriguing cookbook features 46 recipes for savoury and sweet cakes and bakes featuring vegetables and fruits you can grow [Read More…]

Barbeque Bliss at The Grey Horse, Kingston-upon-Thames

Barbeque Bliss at The Grey Horse, Kingston-upon-Thames

It’s not often I visit Kingston-upon-Thames, being based as I am in the wilds of North London. But an invitation to enjoy Ribstock-winning barbeque in a pub not too far from my sister’s house in South London was too tempting to pass up, and on a gloriously sunny day in late March, we made our [Read More…]

Grow Your Own Cake | Book Review + Giveaway

Grow Your Own Cake | Book Review + Giveaway

The premise of using vegetables in cakes is nothing new – carrot cake has been a well known favourite as long as I can remember, chocolate and beetroot cakes and brownies have gained popularity in the last decade and more recently courgette cakes are stretching peoples’ definitions of what a cake can be made with. [Read More…]

Peruvian Panache at Señor Ceviche

Peruvian Panache at Señor Ceviche

If you don’t know Kingly Court in Soho, you’d be forgiven for not realising it’s there. An open space between buildings fronting onto Ganton Street to the North, Carnaby Street to the East, Beak Street to the South and Kingly Street to the West, this tiny enclave has become a bustling food hub with over [Read More…]

Leg of Lamb & Pearl Barley Braised in Red Wine & Balsamic Vinegar

Leg of Lamb & Pearl Barley Braised in Red Wine & Balsamic Vinegar

For the last few weeks my mind has been firmly on comforting, one-pot dishes using lamb and beef. We produce really excellent quality meat in the UK and it’s a pleasure to cook dishes that make the most of it. I recently shared a tasty beef goulash recipe that uses shin of beef, a very [Read More…]

Brownie Heaven Chocolate Brownie Scotch Eggs | Review + Giveaway

Brownie Heaven Chocolate Brownie Scotch Eggs | Review + Giveaway

You might be wondering why I’m sharing chocolate eggs with you now, on Good Friday, when it’s a little late to get your hands on them in time? But the good news is that Brownie Heaven sell their amazing eggs all year round, so if you didn’t get the egg of your dreams this Easter, [Read More…]

Double Chocolate Brownie-Style Belgian Waffles

Double Chocolate Brownie-Style Belgian Waffles

Pete and I have been waffling-mad the last few weeks! We’ve made regular waffles, Belgian waffles, mashed potato waffles and more, and the list of ideas still to try is at least ten times that long. It’s all down to our new waffle maker, Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Smart Waffle. We’ve already test driven [Read More…]

London Bean-to-Bar Chocolate | Damson & Tadzio

London Bean-to-Bar Chocolate | Damson & Tadzio

I’ve been enthusing for over a year about my friend Dom Ramsey’s bean-to-bar chocolate business, Damson, established in February 2015 and now based in dedicated premises in Chapel Market, Angel Islington. Dom makes superb chocolate which won awards from the get go and you can buy it in the shop or online. If you’ve not [Read More…]

Beef Goulash | The #LivePeasant Campaign

Beef Goulash | The #LivePeasant Campaign

I’ve said it before and I’ll surely say it again: British beef and lamb are fantastic and really can’t be beaten for quality and taste! Simply Beef and Lamb, a division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, support the Red Tractor Mark and the Quality Standard Mark for beef and lamb, so that consumers [Read More…]

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