Category Archives: good times

Riverford Field Kitchen, Burts Chips and Barbers 1833 Cheddar

An ophthalmologist friend of mine has this theory that myopia is far more prevalent amongst city dwellers than country folk. I suppose this makes sense when you think about it. In the countryside you frequently get to cast your gaze

Riverford Field Kitchen, Burts Chips and Barbers 1833 Cheddar

An ophthalmologist friend of mine has this theory that myopia is far more prevalent amongst city dwellers than country folk. I suppose this makes sense when you think about it. In the countryside you frequently get to cast your gaze

Bob Bob Ricard

Did you know that the man who invented Imperia Russian Standard vodka* also invented the periodic table of elements? Or that the liquid is distilled no less than eight times, and filtered twice through Ural mountain quartz?  Or indeed, that

Bob Bob Ricard

Did you know that the man who invented Imperia Russian Standard vodka* also invented the periodic table of elements? Or that the liquid is distilled no less than eight times, and filtered twice through Ural mountain quartz?  Or indeed, that

The Albemarle

I do love a good pie.  Whether it’s of the puff pastry variety or the old fashioned suet crust ilk, there’s just something about the thought of a buttery crust yielding into soft, meaty chunks of savoury comfort that drives

The Albemarle

I do love a good pie.  Whether it’s of the puff pastry variety or the old fashioned suet crust ilk, there’s just something about the thought of a buttery crust yielding into soft, meaty chunks of savoury comfort that drives

Fernandez and Leluu

I’m not sure precisely when the “S” word became the extra hot Tabasco of conversation, but there seems to be little else right now in the arena of food that’s quite so guaranteed to elicit such a spicy torrent of

Fernandez and Leluu

I’m not sure precisely when the “S” word became the extra hot Tabasco of conversation, but there seems to be little else right now in the arena of food that’s quite so guaranteed to elicit such a spicy torrent of

Coco

Cookbooks for me fall into two categories. There are the filthy ones, veritably Pollocked in grease and thumbprints with gossamer whispers of ancient garlic skin embedded in their very vertebrae. Lovingly frayed around the edges, these are the ones you

Coco

Cookbooks for me fall into two categories. There are the filthy ones, veritably Pollocked in grease and thumbprints with gossamer whispers of ancient garlic skin embedded in their very vertebrae. Lovingly frayed around the edges, these are the ones you

Slow cooked lamb curry with kitchuri

Nothing says welcome home to me as much as the heady perfume of a languidly cooked lamb curry, one that’s been muttering and grumbling away on the back burner for several hours. The scent immediately reminds me of eyeballing Mr

Slow cooked lamb curry with kitchuri

Nothing says welcome home to me as much as the heady perfume of a languidly cooked lamb curry, one that’s been muttering and grumbling away on the back burner for several hours. The scent immediately reminds me of eyeballing Mr

Bacchanalian Times

I fear the gout. It all starts on Tuesday. One of those swan song days of summer when the sun drips golden Tate & Lyle tendrils and the air shimmers above the juddering road works in its glittering, maudlin way.

Bacchanalian Times

I fear the gout. It all starts on Tuesday. One of those swan song days of summer when the sun drips golden Tate & Lyle tendrils and the air shimmers above the juddering road works in its glittering, maudlin way.

Brick Lane Curry Competition

I never win anything. And to be honest, I secretly prefer it that way. Maybe it’s the raging Brit in me, but I’m always elated when it rains and my money’s on the underdog every time. Winning just seems like

Brick Lane Curry Competition

I never win anything. And to be honest, I secretly prefer it that way. Maybe it’s the raging Brit in me, but I’m always elated when it rains and my money’s on the underdog every time. Winning just seems like

Istanbul

You’d think it might be easier to be a good Muslim in Turkey during Ramadan. Away from the seductive belly baiting on twitter, the forgetful friends who bolt bacon sarnies in front of you and the socialising that flabbily lurches

Istanbul

You’d think it might be easier to be a good Muslim in Turkey during Ramadan. Away from the seductive belly baiting on twitter, the forgetful friends who bolt bacon sarnies in front of you and the socialising that flabbily lurches

The Ledbury – Lunch with the Champion

The chef gently cradles the fuzzy purple sphere, as if presenting his first born. He beams at us. “It’s a peach” he explains, before slicing it open to reveal the juicy indigo flesh that bleeds softly into a pale white

The Ledbury – Lunch with the Champion

The chef gently cradles the fuzzy purple sphere, as if presenting his first born. He beams at us. “It’s a peach” he explains, before slicing it open to reveal the juicy indigo flesh that bleeds softly into a pale white

Tequila lunch at Hix Oyster and Chop house

A fresh email plops into the inbox. You are invited to a tequila lunch with Mark Hix on Thursday it casually says. I re-read it a few times. The words “Hix” “lunch” and “tequila” reverberate in my nosh-addled mind like

Tequila lunch at Hix Oyster and Chop house

A fresh email plops into the inbox. You are invited to a tequila lunch with Mark Hix on Thursday it casually says. I re-read it a few times. The words “Hix” “lunch” and “tequila” reverberate in my nosh-addled mind like

From Blogging to Flogging – Part 2

I’ve written up the lowdown on yesterday’s antics at the UKFBA food stall. Once again, those lovely folk at Channel 4 food have published it here: http://blogs.channel4.com/food/2009/08/14/from-blogging-to-flogging-part-two/ I whined a lot about being tired the next day, but emails like

From Blogging to Flogging – Part 2

I’ve written up the lowdown on yesterday’s antics at the UKFBA food stall. Once again, those lovely folk at Channel 4 food have published it here: http://blogs.channel4.com/food/2009/08/14/from-blogging-to-flogging-part-two/ I whined a lot about being tired the next day, but emails like

From Blogging to Flogging – Part 2

I’ve written up the lowdown on yesterday’s antics at the UKFBA food stall. Once again, those lovely folk at Channel 4 food have published it here: http://blogs.channel4.com/food/2009/08/14/from-blogging-to-flogging-part-two/ I whined a lot about being tired the next day, but emails like

From Blogging to Flogging – Part 2

I’ve written up the lowdown on yesterday’s antics at the UKFBA food stall. Once again, those lovely folk at Channel 4 food have published it here: http://blogs.channel4.com/food/2009/08/14/from-blogging-to-flogging-part-two/ I whined a lot about being tired the next day, but emails like

From Blogging to Flogging

As part of the run up to the food stall I’ll be running tomorrow in Covent Garden, I’ve written a piece on my frenzied preparations. Channel 4 food published it here: http://blogs.channel4.com/food/2009/08/12/from-blogging-to-flogging/

From Blogging to Flogging

As part of the run up to the food stall I’ll be running tomorrow in Covent Garden, I’ve written a piece on my frenzied preparations. Channel 4 food published it here: http://blogs.channel4.com/food/2009/08/12/from-blogging-to-flogging/

The Underground Restaurant – Japanese and Jackson night

Like cider cocktails, twitter and facial serum; it seems I’m forever doomed to be the last one to the party. Even when that party is on my own face. And thus it was both generally and indeed, quite literally with

The Underground Restaurant – Japanese and Jackson night

Like cider cocktails, twitter and facial serum; it seems I’m forever doomed to be the last one to the party. Even when that party is on my own face. And thus it was both generally and indeed, quite literally with

The Underground Restaurant – Japanese and Jackson night

Like cider cocktails, twitter and facial serum; it seems I’m forever doomed to be the last one to the party. Even when that party is on my own face. And thus it was both generally and indeed, quite literally with

The Underground Restaurant – Japanese and Jackson night

Like cider cocktails, twitter and facial serum; it seems I’m forever doomed to be the last one to the party. Even when that party is on my own face. And thus it was both generally and indeed, quite literally with

L’Anima

1 Snowden Street, London EC2 http://www.lanima.co.uk When I approach Signore Mazzei for an interview I expect to be offered a rushed half hour between service slots, or a phone call even. Instead he warmly and casually invites me to have

L’Anima

1 Snowden Street, London EC2 http://www.lanima.co.uk When I approach Signore Mazzei for an interview I expect to be offered a rushed half hour between service slots, or a phone call even. Instead he warmly and casually invites me to have

Kudos!

Am still slightly gobsmacked at being called a “future blogging star” in the Independent Newspaper how utterly amazing is that?! As the article mentions I’ll be manning the stall at Covent Garden’s Real Food Market on the 13th August, along

Kudos!

Am still slightly gobsmacked at being called a “future blogging star” in the Independent Newspaper how utterly amazing is that?! As the article mentions I’ll be manning the stall at Covent Garden’s Real Food Market on the 13th August, along

Casa Brindisa

7-9 Exhibition Road London SW7 2HQ 020 7590 0008 On Monday night I made a rare trip to West London for a Dine with Dos Hermanos hosted dinner at Casa Brindisa. I very nearly decided against going as it was

Casa Brindisa

7-9 Exhibition Road London SW7 2HQ 020 7590 0008 On Monday night I made a rare trip to West London for a Dine with Dos Hermanos hosted dinner at Casa Brindisa. I very nearly decided against going as it was