A Happy Chinese New Year from Amoy

A Happy Chinese New Year from Amoy

I grew up in Luton, which may not sound like a hotbed of multiculturalism but our personal corner of it always was – our family friends included Chinese, Jewish, Indians, Irish, Malaysians, Scottish, Sri Lankans amongst others. When it came to New Year, we celebrated according to both the Gregorian and traditional Chinese lunar calendars. [Read More…]

Kintan Restaurant | Yakiniku in London

Kintan Restaurant | Yakiniku in London

Pete and really loved yakiniku dining during our two visits to Japan; I have written previously about our yakiniku experiences, along with the history of yakiniku.  Considered a Korean import, the Japanese version is no longer an exact copycat of its Korean inspiration, not least in the range of meat cuts and marinades and the [Read More…]

Meet The Blogger | Kellie’s Food to Glow

Meet The Blogger | Kellie’s Food to Glow

In the world of food blogging (and professional journalism too, let’s be honest), there are a lot of spurious health claims from those who simply don’t know what they’re talking about. I’ll resist the urge to list some of the examples that usually make me cross-eyed (in disbelief and shock) and just say instead that [Read More…]

Old Tom & English | A Members Club Without The Membership

Old Tom & English | A Members Club Without The Membership

Old Tom & English is not a members club but it feels like one. By that I don’t mean stuffy, exclusive or expensive; rather it’s a hidden gem, a welcoming space that calls forth a surprising sense of belonging.  Its only frontage onto Wardour Street is an impressive but subtly labelled blue door behind which [Read More…]

Recipe | Cider-Braised Pheasant with Shallots, Apples & Thyme

Recipe | Cider-Braised Pheasant with Shallots, Apples & Thyme

In my recent post about The Wild Meat Company’s pheasant and partridge, I mentioned the first recipe we made on receipt of my big box of game birds. A twitter friend kindly shared her recipe for pheasant, and I filled in the details by thinking about other one pot braises I’ve cooked in the past. [Read More…]

Microwave Magic | Why I Love My Microwave

Microwave Magic | Why I Love My Microwave

A lot of foodies scorn microwaves. They proudly announce that they don’t, and never would, have one in their kitchen and I can’t help but wonder if they imagine all those who have one subsist on microwave ready meals and reheated takeaways. I always feel a little sorry for them, honestly; their conviction that real [Read More…]

A Visit to Vilnius | Lithuania’s Capital City

A Visit to Vilnius | Lithuania’s Capital City

Just before Christmas I was invited on a trip to visit Vilnius, Lithuania. As a country I’ve long wanted to visit, and with the added allure of December Christmas markets, I didn’t hesitate to accept. I spent a wonderful few days exploring the city (and nearby Trakai) with incredibly knowledgeable, not to mention helpful, patient [Read More…]

WeShouldBSFIC Round Up | Chocolate

WeShouldBSFIC Round Up | Chocolate

This month’s Bloggers Scream for Ice Cream was a joint challenge hosted by me and Choclette – BSFIC meets We Should Cocoa. We asked you to give us your chocolatey frozen treats and you obliged! Image via Big Spud, provided by Waitrose First up is this rather impressive Chocolate Passionfruit Baked Alaska from Gary at [Read More…]

Rich, Dense & Dark Power Blender Chocolate Ice Cream | Perfect for Ice Lollies

Rich, Dense & Dark Power Blender Chocolate Ice Cream | Perfect for Ice Lollies

My initial plan, when Choclette and I set our joint #WeShouldBSFIC challenge for January, was an ice cream sandwich. I wanted to make chewy chocolate chip cookies and sandwich white chocolate vanilla ice cream between them. But every time I started scribbling potential recipe notes, my thoughts turned instead to a chocolate ice cream recipe [Read More…]

Meet The Blogger | Fiona Beckett

Meet The Blogger | Fiona Beckett

For many of us who blog, our blogs were our first foray into writing for a (potential) audience. Some were simply looking for a way to record their efforts (in the arenas of food, craft, poetry, DIY…) for future reference; some wanted a way to share an aspect of their lives with real life friends [Read More…]

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