• Good food makes for memorable occasions. This blog celebrates both

Turkish Delights

I’ve recently returned from a long weekend in Istanbul. It’s a beautiful city, bisected by the Bosphorus Strait, a stretch of water that seems to alleviate some of the city’s clamour and bustle. I did some sight-seeing round the mosques and bazaars, but I believe the best way to get to know a place is … Continue reading

Help Me Win!

I’ve spent the past few days working on my entry for My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List Competition. The best 3 minute travel video and blog-writer will win $50,000, and an all expenses paid trip round the world! The more people that vote for me, the more likely I am to win. So please, follow … Continue reading

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The Art of Baking Sourdough Bread

I’ve tried to make bread in the past, and have always been dissatisfied with the result. However obsessively I follow a recipe, even one that has been well reviewed, it never turns out perfectly. The bread always seems to be crusty and burnt on the outside, and then stodgy and dough-like in the middle. However hard … Continue reading

Food Art Tart

I made this tart for a “Full Moon Feast”, where everyone brings a dish to share. I wanted to show off and make something pretty, and this is the result. I made the tart using peeled strips of courgette, and purple, orange and yellow carrots. I arranged them in a spiral pattern, and then added … Continue reading

The Outdoor Kitchen

Food eaten outside; licking sticky fingers clean, seeing the food shadowed and orange in firelight, steam rising from bowls that are balanced on laps to keep legs warm. Everything always tastes great- even if it’s charred on the outside and not cooked on the inside, even if stray ash particles got into the pan. I … Continue reading

Too many strawberries…

My parents’ garden has been left unattended for the past year or so…flowers and shrubs have sky rocketed, with weeds pushing up in between, the slightly neater vegetable plot fenced off as if it was a gated compound keeping out all the wildness. They planted rows of strawberry plants and left them to their own … Continue reading

Memorable Meals

Of course, I knew already that the best meal in the world, the perfect meal, is rarely the most sophisticated or expensive one. I knew how important factors other than technique or rare ingredients can be in the real business of making magic happen at a dinner table. Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals of one’s life.

Of course, I knew already that the best meal in the world, the perfect meal, is rarely the most sophisticated or expensive one. I knew how important factors other than technique or rare ingredients can be in the real business of making magic happen at a dinner table. Context and memory play powerful roles in all the truly great meals of one’s life.- Anthony Bourdain

 

 

 

 

A Good Old Fashioned English Roast

I’ve just got back from a month in Venezuela, where I was sadly disappointed by the quality of the food. Although there were markets packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, and fairly decent rotisserie and traditional food restaurants (“comida criolla”) that I could not afford, the street-side vendors mainly sold soggy, greasy empanadas (deep fried … Continue reading

Culinary Adventures in Morocco

The Berber boys exchanged glances of mutual incomprehension with us. We were sitting on crates in the back of their transit van , trying to explain that we wanted to make our way down the coastal road to a place enticingly entitled “Paradise Valley”, and it didn’t matter so much where they dropped us. The … Continue reading

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Indian-spiced roasted fruit recipe

Here in England the sky is the colour of cataracts, and it won’t stop raining; relentless, monotonous drizzle. I am hiding inside, wrapped in a ropy old dressing gown and thinking of ways to bring a little colour into the day. The best way for me to do this is through food- I like painting … Continue reading

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