• Walking the Walls – Avila Spain: Last year’s travels with my God Daughter took us to Barcelona.  This year a chance request to share ideas for my #BestSummerEver from Malibu resulted in a trip to play at being Princesses. Where better than along the borders of Spain and Portugal, where both countries are scattered liberally… [Continue Reading]

    Playing at Princesses – Avila, Spain #BestSummerEver
  • The Olive Oil of Puglia: An Italian chef once remarked to me that food in Italy is effectively tribal.  From village to village, you’ll find claims that ‘the best’ or ‘the authentic’ pasta, ragu, cold meats, olive oil and even honey is found ONLY in that particular place.  So, a trip to Puglia visiting a… [Continue Reading]

    There’s More Olive Oil in Puglia
  • The Cava Connection – Barcelona Es Molt Mes: I ­­­­have a particular love of sparkling wines.  And, while champagne will probably always be top of my wish-list, I’m really partial to a chilled glass of Cava – Spain’s own method champagnoise wine. About 95% of all cava is produced in Penedès area of Catalonia to the… [Continue Reading]

    Cavalicious Tastings – #barcelonaesmoltmes
  • Celebrating the Solstice Italian Style in the Masserie of Puglia: A couple of weeks ago I went to a presentation on the South Bank.  Puglia has been on my bucket list for some time.  This year, thanks to a soon to be released film, there’s some evidence that all of us are going to be… [Continue Reading]

    Masserie Sotto Le Stelle – The Summer Solstice in Puglia
  • Rubbing Shoulders with the Stars at St James’s Club Antigua: It has been a while since I’ve flown long haul – older and perhaps a little grumpier the idea of flights between eight and ten hours out to Antigua and back home filled me with dread.  A necessary means to an end, I was grateful… [Continue Reading]

    Definitely not a Last Resort – St James’s Club Antigua


chicken up close and personal!

Clockjack Oven – Updated Rotisserie Chicken in Soho

An Easy and Almost Healthy Chicken Lunch at Clockjack Oven, Soho, London: On reflection, it is obvious that the 'Rotisserie' is one of the oldest … [Read More...]

silk and grain - cocktails and bar snacks

Silk & Grain – The City Aged Cocktails

Silk & Grain  - Cocktails with a Difference: Finding a way to differentiate bars and restaurants in London is increasingly difficult.  New … [Read More...]

Din din Vida Tayebi

Din Din The Persian Cafe That Wants You To Get A Taste of Home

Din Din Cafe - Home Cooking Persian Style: Walking into Vida Tayebi's recently opened Cafe Din Din, my first impression is mixed.  Squeakily clean, … [Read More...]

Bunny and Salvatore

Afternoon Tea with Bunnies, Playboy Club, Mayfair

The Playboy Club, Mayfair - Afternoon Tea in Salvatore's Bar: Did you know it's Afternoon Tea week next week from 11th to 17th August.  In … [Read More...]

Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)

Froothie Soup

Celeriac and Cucumber Soup – Testing the Froothie

Celeriac and Cucumber - Raw Soup for Health: I tend to avoid smoothies.  It's partly that I like my fruit with 'bite' and partly that I have a few … [Read More...]

Brazilian Meatballs

Tilda Brazilian Supper Club and a Druv Baker Special

Simple Meat Balls and a Brazilian Feast: It's some time since I went to the Tilda Brazilian Supperclub hosted by Luiz Hara with Druv Baker (of … [Read More...]

Tuna in a mirin, soy and yuzu glaze

Healthy Asian Glazed Grilled Tuna for the 5:2 Diet:

Glazed Tuna Steak - Healthy 5:2 Diet Recipe: A few weeks ago I was sent a little bottle of  Yutaka Yuzu to try.  For those who don't know, Yuzu is a … [Read More...]


Summer Dessert Brandied Banana Ice-Cream Baskets

Brandied Banana Ice-Cream Baskets: For me summer is the time of year when, instead of cooking too much, I concentrate on dishes that are simple, use … [Read More...]

portabello mushroom burger ready to eat

Healthy Burgers? 5:2 Diet and Healthy Portobello Mushroom Burger

Healthy Portobello Mushroom Burger: OK, I fibbed just a bit.  You probably CAN'T quite have your burger like this on a 5:2 diet fast day.  The … [Read More...]

Events in London

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OnBlackheath – New Food and Music Festival #Giveaway

OnBlackheath Festival 13th and 14th September 2014: So, sometimes it feels as if there's a new festival or food event starting every weekend through … [Read More...]

Pell Mell Theatre Duchess of Malfi

Duchess of Malfi at the New Diorama Theatre- Review

Pell Mell Theatre presents The Duchess of Malfi: I've been looking forward to seeing the Duchess of Malfi since Natalie York, the Director of Pell … [Read More...]

Foodies Festival

The Big Feast Battersea Park

FEAST at Battersea Park - 15th to 17th August 2014: Are you a fan of Food Festivals?  For me they are  great day out for the family, and each event … [Read More...]

The Duchess of Malfi

Pell Mell Theatre – The Duchess of Malfi – Preview:

The Duchess of Malfi - New Diorama Theatre: Pell Mell Theatre Company returns to the New Diorama Theatre in NW1 with an exciting new production of … [Read More...]

Featured Posts

B1866 saddles

About London – Seven Dials

Seven Dials - London: If you live and work in London it is all too easy to forget what a diverse and fascinating City it is.  Taking an afternoon out … [Read More...]

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Paul Mas Marsanne – Sud De France top 100

Sud  de France Top 100 from Languedoc-Roussillon Guest post by Sarah James: A few years back we spent a delightful week in a traditional cottage … [Read More...]


Vegesentials Challenge – Eating Seven-A-Day Fruit and Veg Portions

Seven a Day the Easy Way  Guest Post by Lisa Hooper: When I was asked to take up Vegesentials challenge of incorporating seven portions of fruit … [Read More...]

Lactofree Strawberry Smoothie

Enjoy a Lactofree Summer Smoothie – All year round

Lactofree, the UK’s leading lactose free dairy range are running a Summer Smoothie Challenge. Simply take a blender, some Lactofree milk or cream, … [Read More...]

Italian Summer cocktail

Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin Cocktail Recipes

Creative cocktails with Oliver Cromwell Gin Guest Feature by Lisa Hooper I was recently asked to take part in some cocktail making activity, using … [Read More...]


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OnBlackheath – New Food and Music Festival #Giveaway

OnBlackheath Festival 13th and 14th September 2014: So, sometimes it feels as if there's a new festival or food event starting every weekend through the summer.  It takes quite a lot to make me sit up and take a second look, but OnBlackheath has done just that. There's a stellar line up of … [Read More...]

mexican bowls

Culture Vulture #Giveaway

Culture Vulture Website and Giveaway: Like everyone who tries to photograph their own food, I have a mild obsession with pretty kitchen props. So, when I was asked if I'd like to review something from the Culture Vulture website I got very excited.  In the end I picked this pretty set of Mexican … [Read More...]

Chasseur pot

Chasseur Cast Iron Pot Review and #Giveaway

Cast Iron Chasseur Cookware from Viking Direct: In previous lives I've used Viking Direct quite extensively to order a whole range of office staples.  And, while I knew they had a limited range of kitchen equipment, I didn't expect to find what I regard as *proper* cookware there.  So when I was … [Read More...]

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