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.

Empanada! Leith’s Meat Bible

The Leith’s Meat Bible is, as you’d expect from it’s name, a hefty and thorough compendium about choosing, storing, preparing, cooking and carving meat. With over 450 recipes covering beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, game and exotic meats (alligator, bison, camel, elk, impala, kangaroo, llama, python, zebra to name just some) it’s certainly comprehensive and ... Read more »

The Scandinavian Kitchen: Swedish Cheese Tart

People often ask me about trends in food. And usually, I stutter and stall as panic shuts my brain down and all thoughts of the various fads, trends, infatuations, developments (call them what you will) that I’ve happily been discussing with fellow food-loving friends flee from my mind. But one thing that I’m pleased to ... Read more »

Snowflakes, Schnapps & Meatballs With Vodka

Snowflakes and Schnapps by Jane Lawson has a Scandinavian feel about it, focused as it is on hearty dishes with a winter theme. But actually, Australian-born Lawson covers a much wider swathe of Europe in this tome. The book’s blurb invites us to “Join Jane Lawson as she takes you on a culinary journey through ... Read more »

Learning to Cook Japanese + Hashi Cooking’s Recipe for Beef Tataki & Creamy Sesame Sauce

I first learned of Reiko Hashimoto-Lambert’s Japanese cookery lessons, held in the spacious kitchen of her Wimbledon Park home, by way of Luiz, the London Foodie’s blog post last year. Luiz has attended most of Reiko’s Hashi Cooking classes during the last 3 years and often puts what he’s learned to good practice, much to ... Read more »

Catch of the Day at Billingsgate Fish Market

“I have to get up at WHAT time?!?!” “4.30 am” “What?! Whyyyyyyyyyyy?” “Because the course starts at 6.30 with registration at 6.15” And so, we witness a time of day we’ve not seen for quite a while, especially since we’ve been on our extended holiday sabbatical. But we have good reason: We’re attending Billingsgate Seafood ... Read more »

Cuisinier Gascon: Braised Ox Cheek Bordelaise

I’ve been desperate to cook some of the delectably tempting recipes in Cuisinier Gascon by Pascal Aussignac since I got my mitts on it just before leaving for the Falklands. It’s a really, really beautiful book, full of mouth-watering recipes and beautiful images, not just of some of the dishes but also of life in ... Read more »