Kiri Restaurant | Mayfair’s New Japanese Izakaya

Crab, scallop and prawn gratin

Izakayas are to Japan what the pub is to the UK. An izakaya is a place for drinking and eating with friends, offering a great drinks list and plenty of small plate sharing dishes to pair with sake, beer or your tipple of choice. Kiri Restaurant is the latest offering from Saga Japanese Restaurants, the… Read more »

November 17, 2016

Travel Quote Tuesday | Marcel Proust

"The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust

As a student reading Marcel Proust’s À La Recherche Du Temps Perdu in French (alternatively translated as either ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ or ‘In Search of Lost Time’) I wasn’t a huge fan. His prose seemed interminable, his pace so languid as to be virtually at a stand still. I couldn’t bear it! The quote… Read more »

November 15, 2016

Balsamic Roasted Tomato, Baby Spinach & Giant Couscous Salad


Young’s Seafood, the UK’s leading supplier of fresh and frozen seafood, have recently launched a new range of cook-from-frozen 100% cod fillet ready-meals called Simply Bake. They asked me to develop a delicious and simple recipe for a side dish to serve alongside one of the meals. I love combining giant couscous with a few… Read more »

November 13, 2016

Taking Part in The Young’s Seafood Bake Off

Young's Seafood Bake Off

I know many foodies pride themselves on cooking all of their meals from scratch and don’t make use of ready meals at all but that’s not how it is in our house. Of course, we do cook from scratch much of the time, but we also make use of ready meals and the occasional takeaway… Read more »

November 12, 2016

Travel Quote Tuesday | James Stevenson-Hamilton

James Stevenson-Hamilton served as the first warden of South Africa’s Sabi Nature Reserve, a conservation project championed by Paul Kruger, the President of the South African Republic. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1867 Stevenson-Hamilton first travelled to South Africa as a soldier, and after serving in that capacity for a number of years, was appointed… Read more »

November 8, 2016

Chocolate by Dom Ramsey | Indulge Your Inner Chocoholic

Chocolate by Dom Ramsey, published by Dorling Kindersley

My friend Dom Ramsey has been a big influence on my love affair with chocolate. One of the first bloggers I met after launching Kavey Eats back in 2009, we became friends during a tour around a chocolate factory. In the years since then, our palates have developed, as has our hunger for the very… Read more »

November 5, 2016

Travel Quote Tuesday | Mary Ritter Beard

This quote from Mary Ritter Beard – a American historian, archivist, educationalist and suffragette activist – continues a theme I have visited in a number of my recent travel quotes, the personal growth and change that travel can bring. Seeing the sights – both those of natural beauty and manmade marvels – is a fantastic… Read more »

November 1, 2016

A Food Lover’s City Break in Ottawa’s Byward Market

Beaver Tails, Ottawa - Canada's famous fried pastry

Ottawa has a bit of a bad rap amongst Canadians. Visiting Toronto in Ontario and Montreal in Quebec, as soon as we mentioned that we were heading to the nation’s capital we were immediately asked why and told not to bother! Ottawa was dismissed as dull, boring and not worthy of our time by several… Read more »

October 27, 2016