Life in lockdown: a food diary – April 2020

When you are someone, like me, who always thinks about food, and you find yourself in a situation where you are in much closer proximity to the fridge than you would normally be on a working day … it’s a challenge to stay out of there. When you are, like me, always thinking about your […]

The lockdown loaf – super easy loaf of bread – new recipe

This lockdown loaf is a very easy loaf of bread to make – and uses just four ingredients! You just need to be able to get hold of strong white flour … which is not always easy right now! An Italian dream My last blog post was about my wonderful holiday in Tuscany last summer. […]

Ravagni olive oil and wine tasting in Tuscany – review

In September 2019, we went to Tuscany for a week with ioan and some of his little friends (and their parents, of course). It was a wonderful holiday, and warrants a blog post in itself (give me time, I am still trying to get myself back into the swing of things blog-wise), but I wanted […]

Cookbook challenge – Nathan Outlaw: baked rice pudding – new recipe

Andrew loves rice pudding. When I make one I usually use skimmed milk, sugar, vanilla extract, grate fresh nutmeg on top, and bake it in the oven whilst my roast dinner is cooking. I stir in a little fresh cream when I take it out of the oven, and serve the rice pudding cold (Andrew, […]

The tastiest ever bagel filling: provencal style tuna – new recipe

Okay so just to be totally honest here, I don’t know whether ‘provencal style tuna’ is really the best description of this bagel filling. It has flavours of Provence: tapenade, tuna fish, peppers … but I think it’s entirely possible that a French person could take offence to my description. But who cares? I was […]

Simple broccoli soup recipe (Vegan) – new recipe

When I started weaning Ioan onto solid food, he ate everything I put in front of him. Then, as he reached toddler stage, he began expressing preferences for the bland or sweet (or sausages). A few months ago, after starting pre-school, he suddenly started informing us that his favourite foods were “broccoli, carrots and peas” […]

Cookbook challenge – Rick Stein: poule au Riz

Sometimes you come across a recipe which you know is going to be a keeper. You might tweak it a bit and make it your own, but it’s made it onto your list of favourites to make again and again and again. I have a few core recipes like that: easy, reliable, minimal washing up, […]

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 […]

Alphabet Adventures: N is for Nepal – Great Nepalese

The problem with blogging less frequently is that I have got out of the habit of taking photographs of everything I eat (although that’s not usually an issue for my companions, who were never allowed to eat until I had snapped various dishes). So although Charlotte and Jo benefited from my lack of photography during […]