The Rise Of Risotto

The Rise Of Risotto

Virgil Evetts Where would I be if it weren’t for Elizabeth David?  She nurtured and coddled my love of great food from beyond the grave and across time.  She figuratively led me by the hand as I tried so many … Read more »

The Cookie Monster

The Cookie Monster

  Virgil Evetts When I was a pup, biscuits were mostly regarded as a treat food for children. At least that was my self-serving perception. There always seemed to be a packet of shrewsberries, digestives  or their various average kin in the … Read more »

Pizza Feature

Pizza Feature

Virgil Evetts I find  that analysing people’s pizza preferences is a useful, if highly unscientific, means of personality profiling. For example, people who favour thin-crust wood-fired Margheritas are typically dashing, intelligent and in possession of the most discerning tastes and rapier-sharp wit. … Read more »

Soup Yourself

Soup Yourself

Virgil Evetts There is plenty to dislike about winter – the rain, the cold, the gloomy grey skies – but it does bring out the best in those of us of a food-centric disposition. While others spend the winter in … Read more »

Apples and Autumn

Apples and Autumn

Helen Jackson Apples and autumn go together, while the apple season starts in January it is autumn when they really come into their own once the stonefruit and berries have finished.All apples have their merits, the first of the season galas, warm … Read more »

Mellow Fruitfulness, Etcetera

Mellow Fruitfulness, Etcetera

Virgil Evetts So much fuss is made over Summer in food circles, but essentially it’s all just spin.  Sure, the season starts with some rather good berries, offers up some fetching salad greens and some splendidly sanguine tomatoes along the … Read more »

Growing Minds

Growing Minds

Virgil Evetts A few years back, HRH Prince Jamie of Oliver did a sterling job bothering UK schools, parents and politicians into making some pretty far-reaching changes to the way they approached child nutrition, through his super-hyped School Dinners campaign. … Read more »

The boys are back in town

The boys are back in town

Virgil Evetts And as we bid a fond adieu to another summer (technically speaking anyway, still plenty hot around my neck of the woods), the final flurry of fruitfulness arrives on shop shelves.  Among the season’s last orders are some … Read more »

Mr Tea

Mr Tea

  Virgil Evetts My current hiatus from wine and other delectable inebriants (coupled with typically oppressive high-summer weather) has forced me to plumb the depths of sobriety for a range of refreshing but chaste alternatives.

A Pregnant Pause...

A Pregnant Pause…

Virgil Evetts Is it possible that pregnancy is just a ruse invented by women as an excuse for being über-pernickety about food? I’m beginning to think so. You might as well know then, that my best beloved is currently in possession … Read more »

Zucchini Zeal

Zucchini Zeal

Virgil Evetts After the slowest start to summer in living memory my food garden has finally exploded into production. Until a week or so back, I was still gorging on sugar-snap peas – which really do live up to their … Read more »

Let them eat cake

Let them eat cake

    Virgil Evetts There is danger in declaring one’s passions too noisily. At certain times of the year friends and family will be carefully taking note of any subtle clues you may unwittingly drop about your likes and dislikes. … Read more »