Dim Sum and Sushi Cookery School at Miele

I do like a bit of experimentation in the kitchen, to expand my culinary repertoire and have a bash at something new. I was invited to try a cookery class at the Miele Experience Centre in Abingdon and there were so many to choose from I wasn’t sure where to start. I thought it would be a good idea to go to a class to learn to make something I’ve never even thought about attempting before (but very much enjoy eating): Dim Sum and Sushi. The Read more

My favourite recipes from 2014

It's a funny time of year now, the days and dates get all a bit confused and everyone is in a state of simultaneous post Christmas relaxation and start of year enthusiasm. I use it as a time to reflect on the last year (of cooking and life in general) and also as a way to think about what I might like to do and try for the upcoming year. Below is a list of my ten favourite recipes from the last 12 months; although of course they are all my favourite Read more

Le Manoir Cookery School with Kenwood

A few weeks ago I set off in my little car to go somewhere I have always wanted to go: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. Having watched Raymond Blanc on the television for years, tried my hand at a few of his recipes and known that Le Manoir isn’t actually that far away from me, I was really looking forward to going. I was invited to take part in a cookery class with four other lovely bloggers to try out the new Kenwood mixer and make a couple of different Read more

Barber’s Cheese Toastie Off and Pastichio

Last year I went to the BBC Good Food Show courtesy of Barber’s Cheese and got to try their lovely cheese for the first time. This year, things got a bit more serious and I was invited to The Bath and West Show to take part in a cheese toastie off (as well as having a good nose around the show). For my toastie recipe I wanted to keep it simple so I went for a sort of croque-monsieur; smoked ham, Barber’s Cheese, English mustard and plenty of Read more

The UK Blog Awards and Three Very Different Places to Eat in London

I am very pleased to say that I got highly commended in the UKBA14 for individual food and drink blog! The evening was good fun and I met some lovely fellow bloggers; it was also a great excuse to spend some time in London and see friends I haven't seen for a while. I know there are plenty of blogs about London restaurants and places to go but below are the places I ventured to (one Michelin restaurant, one breakfast club and one traditional pub) and Read more

Exhale. And type.

Today (in fact yesterday) really is the first day of the rest of my life. Plenty of people say it; particularly on the first day of the year but for me my whole life is about to change. I am entering the world of self employment. I have had a variety of jobs in my time; big companies, little companies and some somewhere in between. I have worked hard and not-so-hard but I have always tried to enjoy what I do. Recently I have come to realise that Read more

Sharp’s Brewery Tour

You may already know that I went to Bruges earlier this year and for the first time realised that beer is actually rather nice. My affection for beer only really extended to the Belgian kind at first. Not that easy to get hold of the more unusual brands I started venturing into beers unknown. A local pub of ours sells Doombar, which is brewed in Cornwall by Sharp's Brewery, and I thought this was finally a British beer that I liked. Then I discovered Read more

Baketopia – an edible pop up to launch National Baking Week

It's all about baking at the moment. The Great British Bake Off has taken over our Tuesday evenings and I for one have felt the need to bake more so than usual. National Baking Week starts on Monday (the 14th to 20th October 2013) and Baketopia was a fantastic way to kick it off. The Tattooed Bakers, Nevie Pie Cakes, Caking It, Cake Revolution and Conjurer's Kitchen are some of the people who contributed to Baketopia which is also supported by John Read more

What I’ve learnt from doing a few cookery demonstrations

2012 was the first year that I stood up in front of people and cooked something. I did two demos that year and cooked different dishes at each one. They both went well; I didn't trip up, forget anything or burn myself so I'd call it a roaring success. There was a little incident with some beetroot juice but the less said about that the better. This year I had three cookery demonstrations planned in all at different food festivals: Eat Reading, Petersfield Read more

Come and see me at some food demos!

It's food festival season! I am doing a few cooking demos this year, they all seem to be in June, so if you're around or would like to pop down/up it would be nice to say hello. See below for info and dates of the demos I'll be popping up at. Eat Reading Live - Friday 7th June http://issuu.com/readingukcic/docs/eatreading2013 Petersfield Food Festival - Sunday 16th June Newbury Food Festival - Sunday 30th June Read more