Week 41 – Asia to Columbia on a plate

Looking back on my week’s photos, I can see between the thousands of pictures of Ioan that most of our food has been Asian inspired this week, with a little pop across to Colombia for lunch with the girls. First up was a prawn stirfry for meat-free Monday – although I normally like to avoid […]

The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent (review)

To celebrate my 40th birthday, you may recall that we spent a few days at the Fisherman’s cottages in Whitstable. Andrew’s friend Emma had suggested that we visit The Sportsman pub in nearby Seasalter for a celebratory dinner, so I emailed them to make a reservation the week before we were due to visit. I […]

Alphabet Adventures – K is for Korean

When Jo, Charlotte and I started Alphabet Adventures there were no marriages or kids in our little triumvirate. Life has changed considerably in the last couple of years, and we’re taking bets that hopefully we’ll reach ‘Z’ by the time Henry, Charlotte’s eldest, starts university! So we’re up to K now, and decided on a […]

Week 29 – an evening with Antonio Carluccio and Cirio

When I went out on Thursday night to celebrate the 160th birthday of the Cirio tomatoes brand with Antonio Carluccio, I didn’t expect to end the evening with him giving my bump a crafty pat. Some pregnant women have that kind of thing happen to them all the time (not necessarily courtesy of Carluccio) but I’ve only […]

Week 28 – escaping Brexit pain in Paris

Living in a democracy is a wonderful thing, but when a result is not what you’d hoped, it can be hard to see that … especially when you have listened to months of political rhetoric that you find hard to stomach. We woke up on Friday morning to a result we had been dreading, but […]

Week 21 – feasting in Paris and London, plus The Fat Bear review

I never anticipated how tiring growing another human could be, and recently my diary hasn’t reflected this added burden. Wednesday evenings are NCT evenings nowadays, which gives us 2.5 hours of baby ‘training’: how to hold a baby (using a doll), the realities of labour (scary), and of course the opportunity to meet seven other […]

Weeks 18 & 19 – eating “Welsh” in Lille

When I recently visited Lille as an early birthday celebration (as on my actual birthday I will be quite heavily pregnant) I really didn’t expect to see the dish of the day in many restaurants proudly proclaimed as “Welsh”. As we walked up the main foodie street ‘Rue de Gand’ I spotted a restaurant called […]

J is for Jamaica – The Rum Kitchen

When Jo and Charlotte suggested Jamaican food for our latest Alphabet Adventure, I knew I’d be stepping outside of my comfort zone. It’s a cuisine which has never particularly appealed to me, mainly because I am a coward when it comes to spices and don’t enjoy hot food. I had never tried jerk, rice and […]

Week 16 & 17 – Asian food from Hoo Hing

Ever since I first drove past Hoo Hing Asian supermarket on the North Circular (I say drove, probably a more accurate description would be ‘ever since I was first stuck in traffic by Hoo Hing), I have been keen to go there and indulge in my favourite hobby of filling my cupboards with unusual food. […]

I is for Israel – The Palomar

Of course for our Alphabet Adventure beginning with ‘I’, an Indian would have been an easy one, but we wanted to try something a bit different and I’d read some fantastic reviews of The Palomar, which describes itself as serving food from modern-day Jerusalem. Centrally  located for all of us in London, we were a […]