The Slug & Lettuce is 30 – review

Chances are if you take a wander along most high streets, you’ll see a Slug & Lettuce pub somewhere – they have 80 bars spread across the UK, and I just discovered that the pub chain has reached its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate, they invited me to my local S&L for a review. […]

Week 26 – looking forward to the calm before the 40th birthday storm

My birthday celebrations have been brilliant, but carried on longer than expected. This week we have a brief break from birthdays before starting the celebrations for Andrew’s 40th, which will include a birthday party and trip to Rome (mmmm, pasta and tirumisu). I am very much looking forward to a rest as we’ve both felt like […]

Maple walnut homemade ice cream recipe

I realise that as we move into March you  might not think that a recipe for ice cream is entirely appropriate. However, it has been the hottest weekend of the year so far (Saturday was apparently hotter than Rome!), so maybe you are already thinking about ice creams, barbecues, Pimms and salads. However, that’s not […]

Popcorn ice cream sandwich with caramel sauce

Doesn’t that sound like such an amazing dessert? I thought so when I saw it on a menu the other night, and couldn’t resist ordering it. We’d gone to The Elk in the Woods in Islington to meet friends who are back in London from Australia for Christmas, and I had already drunk more than a […]

A little bit of Switzerland in my freezer with Moevenpick

You’ll know from my recent #Nofilter post that I rather love Switzerland … and that’s in no small part due to the lovely food there. You can’t really go too far wrong at the dinner table when everything is liberally covered with melted cheese (even better – cheese which has been melted INTO WINE!). Mmmmmmmm. […]

It’s not easy being greedy – especially if you are a cat

If you don’t own cats (or, rather, if a cat hasn’t decided to make you its personal slave), then you probably think that cats eat cat food, right? Wrong! What cats most want to eat in the world is whatever you are enjoying at any particular time. And they will do anything they can to […]

Meal planning Monday – 17 March 2014

Last week was, quite frankly, a horror. I started with a long three days in Paris: as always it was a pleasure to spend time with colleagues and friends out there, but it was also exhausting, and I picked up a bug before I left. Being so tired when I returned to London, of course […]