With Christmas just around the corner it is a time of planning. Many of us are planning holidays, the gifts we are going to buy and also what we plan to cook for our Christmas dinner. While we may … Read more
Summer is all about salads and whether it is a simple bowl of freshly picked leaves or a lavish affair of colour and texture, it is the perfect time to make the most of fresh summer produce. Salads are a … Read more
To celebrate the upcoming release of Dreamworks The Hundred-Foot Journey, in cinemas from August 14, we have recipes to share and 3 x double passes to give away. “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” is an absolutely charming tale of Hassan … Read more
At this time of year – called the silly season for good reason – we have loads to do and relatively little time to do it
While curries are synonymous with hot climates and it is also easier to find the required fresh ingredients in summer, their aromatic spiciness is I think particularly warming and welcoming on a cold winters night.
Friday is usually pizza night at our place, hence I am writing this on a Friday when pizza is on my mind. The dough is mixed mid afternoon (while I enjoy making it by hand it is usually my cake … Read more
While most of us are aware that our bodies need a good supply of Omega-3 fatty acids, not all of us are clear on the reasons why and how to get the optimal amount.
With both the adults in our house working and constantly hungry active kids, I am always trying to work clever tricks to ensure that there is enough of the “right food” in the house for lunch boxes, substantial after school … Read more
February – March is tomato time and an ideal time to visit an outdoor tomato grower and convert boxes of sun ripened tomatoes into sauce! I assure you this is as easy as can be and once you have made … Read more
Searching for perfection in a bottle at a great price?
I must admit I’ve been a little dismissive of carrots in the past. I saw them as stock-pot vegetables first and foremost; essential building blocks in many great dishes to be sure, but not really worthy of closer inspection. That … Read more
Virgil Evetts As a small boy I felt oddly powerful eating rock cakes. I fancied them as a man’s sort of cake – big, rugged and rocky. This was a rare, and rather convoluted, expression of masculinity I suppose. Fact … Read more
Virgil Evetts Following on from last week’s cake-fuelled dawdle down memory lane… I do like a Chelsea bun. Soft, sweet, spice- flecked bread studded with sticky raisins and crudely stuccoed with icing. As a small boy with an obscenely sweet … Read more
Virgil Evetts When I was very small, I couldn’t be reasoned with about Sally Lunn. To my mother’s vexation I refused to allow so much as a sliver to pass my lips, but greedily wolfed down other very similar breads. Eventually she learned … Read more