Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendars Competition

Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendars Competition

Like many in the UK, I celebrate Christmas as a purely cultural tradition. Although I am interested in the origins of the ways we celebrate, it’s about history rather than religious significance for me. On a religious level, Advent is a period of anticipation; indeed the word itself comes from adventus; Latin for “coming” and [Read More...]

Chef DVD Giveaway

Chef DVD Giveaway

Jon Favreau writes, directs and stars in soon-to-be-released film Chef, a classic comedy about cooking. He plays top chef Carl Casper who – refusing to compromise his creative integrity – quits his job in a glitzy LA restaurant and goes back to his cooking roots. Taking to the road in a fast food truck Carl [Read More...]

Meet The Blogger | CAMRGB

Meet The Blogger | CAMRGB

Married to a drinks blogger, it’s inevitable that I dip my toe into the world of drinks blogging too. One of the first drinks bloggers I met through Pete was Simon Williams, the founder of CAMRGB. I’ll let him tell you more about his mission to get us drinking really good beer in his own [Read More...]

Win Gift Trugs from Serenata Hampers

Win Gift Trugs from Serenata Hampers

Some people are so difficult to shop for, aren’t they? Gift hampers (and baskets) are a great option when you want to make an impression but don’t know what to choose. Food and drinks selections also have the advantage of being consumable, which is a vastly under-appreciated attribute by those of us prone to clutter. [Read More...]

Yijo Restaurant: Authentic Korean Cooking & Super Cookery Classes

Yijo Restaurant: Authentic Korean Cooking & Super Cookery Classes

Pete and I have quickly become regular visitors to Yijo Restaurant since our first visit just a couple of months ago. Head chef Jun Pyo Kwon serves up a delicious, authentic and very reasonably priced menu in this unassuming neighbourhood restaurant, just by Central Finchley tube station. You may have tried Jun Pyo’s cooking before, [Read More...]

A Seasonal Variation: Butternut Squash, Black Garlic & Blue Cheese Bake

A Seasonal Variation: Butternut Squash, Black Garlic & Blue Cheese Bake

I don’t usually make Halloween dishes. But I had a crate full of home-grown butternut squash in my kitchen when a friend of mine gave me a block of his home-made black garlic cheese. The handover, in a central London coffee shop, probably looked like an illicit drug tryst – the cheese resembled a very [Read More...]

Meet The Blogger | How To Cook Good Food

Meet The Blogger | How To Cook Good Food

For this week’s Meet The Blogger, I’m happy to introduce Laura, the author behind How To Cook Good Food. Based in Surrey, Laura is a very seasonal cook, and she enjoys growing her own fruit and vegetables, as we do. Hello and welcome, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about the kind of [Read More...]

Images from Toji Temple Flea Market, Kyoto

Images from Toji Temple Flea Market, Kyoto

I’m conscious that nearly a year has passed since our last trip to Japan and I still have so much about the trip that I haven’t shared yet. One of my favourite mornings was a visit to Kyoto’s Toji Temple for the monthly Kōbō-san flea market that’s held in the grounds on the 21st of [Read More...]

Bringing Iceland Home | Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Crunchy Onions & Remoulade

Bringing Iceland Home | Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Crunchy Onions & Remoulade

  Icelanders love their hot dogs! Who knew? Well, anyone who’s spent any time in Iceland, that’s who; recommendations to seek out Icelandic pylsa abound and I’m adding one more to the pile! An Icelandic pylsa is much like a hot dog anywhere in the world… with a few little touches that make it a [Read More...]

Meet The Blogger | My Custard Pie

Meet The Blogger | My Custard Pie

For this week’s Meet The Blogger, I talk to Sally Prosser, author of My Custard Pie. Based in Dubai, Sally shares a mix of British and local cuisine and recommendations for visitors to her adopted home. Hello and welcome, plea­se introduce yourself and tell us a little about the kind of content you share. My [Read More...]

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