We love to learn new skills or find out more about the history and culture of a place. Read on for reviews of cookery classes, food and travel books, plus informative posts about the places we visit.

The Spice Island | Why Grenada is a Great Destination for Food Lovers

Cocoa Pods, just harvested from the tree, Grenada

The Caribbean is best known for its pretty beaches. But Grenada, known as the Spice Island, has far more to offer, especially to those of us who love chocolate, spices and tropical fruit, delicious food, lush green rain forests, and some of the most welcoming people in the world. Read on to discover the best Grenada attractions for food lovers. ... Read more »

Thai Recipe | Kai Pa Lo (Braised Pork, Eggs and Kale)

Kai Pa Lo (Braised Pork, Eggs and Kale) - a delicious Thai dish, recipe from Kay Plunkett-Hogge's cookbook, Baan: Recipes and Stories from my Thai Home

Since our three week holiday in Thailand last year, we’ve really had a hankering for Thai food. That’s why we’re so excited about Baan: Recipes and Stories from my Thai Home by Kay Plunkett-Hogge. Read my review of the book here. With permission from publisher Pavilion Books, we are pleased to share three fabulous recipes from the book, ... Read more »

Thai Recipe | Pad Krapow Moo (Pork Stir-fried with Holy Basil)

Pad Krapow Moo (Pork Stir-fried with Holy Basil) - a delicious Thai dish, recipe from Kay Plunkett-Hogge's cookbook, Baan: Recipes and Stories from my Thai Home

We enjoyed a wonderful three weeks in Thailand last year, and since then we’ve been more interested in Thai cuisine than ever. Recently published cookbook, Baan: Recipes and Stories from my Thai Home by Kay Plunkett-Hogge, is making us salivate for all the delicious Thai recipes. Read my review of the book here. With permission from publisher ... Read more »

Thai Recipe | Ma Hor (Galloping Horses)

Ma Hor (Galloping Horses) - a delicious Thai snack, recipe from Kay Plunkett-Hogge's cookbook, Baan: : Recipes and Stories from my Thai Home

Since our three week trip to Thailand last year, we’ve been more interested in Thai cuisine than ever before, so the publication of Baan: Recipes and Stories from my Thai Home by Kay Plunkett-Hogge, is really exciting. Read my review of the book here. With permission from publisher Pavilion Books, we are so excited to share ... Read more »

What is Korean Temple Food? Learning about Vegan Korean Food from Chef Ji Young Kim

Korean Temple Food - Grilled Potato with Jujubes and Chestnuts

Chef Ji Young Kim is the head chef at Balwoo Gongyang, a Korean temple food restaurant in Seoul. Driven by the Buddhist tenets of temple food, the restaurant aims to promote Buddhist culture and the practice of balwoo gongyang, the act of eating as part of practicing Buddhism, and how to appreciate food using all five of the senses. Read on to learn more about this vegan cuisine, and how Chef Ji Young Kim achieved a Michelin-star. ... Read more »

An Authentic Taiwanese Pineapple Cake Recipe | 鳳梨酥

Taiwanese pineapple cakes in serving dish, individual ones on plates, and tea and tea pot behind

Taiwanese pineapple cakes, a delicious treat popular in Taiwan throughout the year, are square-shaped crisp and crumbly pastries filled with delicious pineapple jam. I spent the day with regular contributor Diana Chan, as she shared her recipe to make these treats at home. A little time consuming, but not at all complicated, it’s hard to beat this authentic homemade version. ... Read more »

Recipe: Yuzu Cream, Rhubarb or Plums, and Pistachio Crumble

Yuzu Cream, Rhubarb and Pistachio Crumble Recipe from The Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara | Bringing Japanese Ingredients Into Your Everyday Cooking

You may already have read my recent review of The Japanese Larder by chef, food writer and supperclub host Luiz Hara. The publishers have kindly given permission to share three great recipes from the book with you. The first two, for crispy and deeply savoury Marmite chicken and Japanese-style mabo dofu are already up. Here’s the third ... Read more »