Travel Quote Tuesday | Confucius

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Applicable to so much more in life than travel. Simple advice from Confucius. Before our first visit to Kyoto, I had read about this idea of visiting too many temples, becoming ’templed out’, if you will. But for us, that never happened. In the city of a… Read more »

November 29, 2016

24 Hours in Braga | The Heart of Historical Northern Portugal

Have you heard of Braga in Northern Portugal? I confess I hadn’t until I was invited to visit the area recently. I quickly learned that Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and has a very long and fascinating history which is still very much in evidence today. Braga (together with nearby Guimarães and Tenões)… Read more »

November 28, 2016

A Breakfast Shared with Brioche Pasquier

Brioche Pasquier have been making traditional brioche and other French pâtisseries since they were founded in 1936 in a small village bakery in Les Cerqueux, France. Founder Gabriel Pasquier taught his traditional levain-based recipes to his sons who built the business into Brioche Pasquier, now a large and successful company with over 3,000 employees. Levain,… Read more »

November 26, 2016

What Makes A Great Sunday Roast? | Sunday Dining at Hatchetts in Mayfair

A really good Sunday Roast is a very fine thing indeed. But how to define ‘really good’? Perhaps surprisingly, the element that comes first for me is roast potatoes. Yep, spuds over meat (though that’s a very close second). Roasties that are beautifully fluffy inside but have a properly crunchy exterior (that doesn’t give up… Read more »

November 24, 2016

Travel Quote Tuesday | Roselle Mercier Montgomery

‘Never a ship sails out of bay but carries my heart as a stowaway.’ I guess the modern equivalent for me might be – whenever a friend heads off to somewhere exciting on their travels, my heart feels a yearning to go too. With so many incredible experiences and memories from the trips I’ve made… Read more »

November 22, 2016

The Kavey Eats Pete Drinks Christmas Gin Guide

I came late to gin. Very late. In my early forties in fact. For years and years (and years and years) I thought I didn’t like gin but it turns out I just don’t like tonic – or at least, not the big brand stuff that’s most prevalent. It wasn’t until I tried a Gin… Read more »

November 19, 2016

Kiri Restaurant | Mayfair’s New Japanese Izakaya

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

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