Dotori Korean and Japanese restaurant, Finsbury Park – review

Whenever someone says to me “you are a foodie, tell us where to go for dinner” I take it on as a fun personal challenge, as there’s not a lot I like doing more than thinking about food (except maybe eating it). One of my best friends from school, Sonia, set me to task most […]

A vegan misadventure

I knew that Andrew would not be particularly excited by my miso aubergine with Japanese rice and pickles last week (I say ‘mine’, it’s Jamie Oliver’s), but I wanted to restart meat-free Mondays for 2020. Although cheese undoubtedly makes food (vegetarian or otherwise) even more delicious, I did think an over-reliance on cheese might not […]

Menu planning with my new cookbook ‘Get your kids to eat anything’

My food blogger pal Emily Leary, who writes a fantastic blog called A Mummy Too, recently published a cookbook called ‘Get your kids to eat anything‘, and kindly sent me a copy to review. It couldn’t come at a better time, as Ioan has literally this week started to test boundaries at the dining table. […]

Bob Bob Ricard, London (review)

This weekend, my mum friends and I had a longstanding date with Paris. We were going to leave the kids at home with their dads and take an early train to Paris, spend the day eating, drinking and eating and drinking (with maybe a bit more eating and drinking thrown in), relishing the freedom of […]

Cookbook Challenge – Rick Stein: Mexican inspired beef tortilla wraps

I recently made a delicious recipe from Rick Stein’s The Road to Mexico, called ‘chargrilled beef tacos with spring onions and guacamole’. I call them Mexican inspired beef tortillas. As usual according to the rules of the Cookbook Challenge, I followed the recipe exactly, despite having doubts about it, because I might learn a new […]

Stuzzi in Harrogate – review

When Andrew and I recently took Ioan to Harrogate for his cousin Ellis’s first birthday celebrations, we took the opportunity of the grandparents being there to go out for dinner, WITHOUT THE BABY! Andrew’s sister and her fiancé have lived in Harrogate for many years, and know some of the best places to eat. They […]

Wild garlic pesto (new Froothie UK recipe)

I first came across wild garlic a couple of years ago, when Andrew’s aunt in Somerset pointed it out to me in a forest. I quickly became addicted to the stuff, liking it even more because it’s only available for a relatively short season from April to June. Like asparagus, Jersey royals and British strawberries, […]

Duck and waffle at the Duck and Waffle – review

Andrew and I first met as second year university students when we moved into the same house. That was in 1996, and four cats and one child later, we’re still going strongly. Although we never buy each other anniversary presents or cards, we always like to mark the occasion with a nice meal or holiday. […]

Alphabet Adventures – M is for Mauritius

Ever since I moved to this part of North London, which is home to well known Greek and Turkish restaurants, I have been intrigued by the Mauritian restaurant near Turnpike Lane called Le Chamarel. And what better time to give it a try, than when Jo and Charlotte want a new location for the latest […]