• Of Crocodiles and more on Cinnamon Island: Scarcely a metre long, the silvery green baby crocodile looks for all the world as if it could be a child’s toy made of rubber. Fierce beady eyes and a mouth full of razor sharp white teeth are just a warning for the future. For now, a miniature… [Continue Reading]

    Cinnamon Island Sri Lanka
  • Lunugana, Geoffrey Bawa and Channa Daswatte: For the first time my driver is confused.  We’ve navigated Sri Lanka, travelling from Colombo to the North Central district, back down to the South East coast and, despite some precarious climbs and circuitous routes to enable me to see tea plantations and spice gardens along the way, we haven’t… [Continue Reading]

    Tropical Modernism – Geoffrey Bawa in Sri Lanka
  • Glorious Goodwood – A Perfect Country Retreat: Chichester, a fine Cathedral City in West Sussex is around 60 miles from London.  A few miles from the City Centre, set in the rolling hills of the South Downs, is Goodwood House and Hotel.  Most of us know Goodwood for sporting events; horse racing, golf and the… [Continue Reading]

    The Other Kind of Goodwood Revival
  • Blending Traditional Arabic Architecture with Contemporary Styling – Muscat, Oman: Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman has a wonderful ring to its name.  Like something from the Arabian Nights, I’d imagined bustling souks, fantastic palaces, mosques, and historic fortresses.  All of that is real enough in Muscat but one of the most remarkable things about… [Continue Reading]

    Building a Legacy – The Royal Opera House and Grand Mosque Muscat
  • Salt Mines and Tunnels in Wieliczka, Poland: The Salt Mine in Wieliczka, just 10 minutes outside of Krakow, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978, but its regional importance has gone back centuries. It was first formally mined in the 13th century, and has been expanded ever since, supplying a range of… [Continue Reading]

    An Underground Kingdom of Salt – UNESCO Heritage at Wieliczka, Poland


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The House of Holi Returns to Cinnamon Kitchen

Cinnamon Kitchen Play Holi in the City: It is the festival of colour, the festival of love.  And, amazingly good fun as I discovered last year at … [Read More...]

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Iberica Marylebone – Review

Iberica Marylebone - A Spanish Sojourn for London Ladies who Lunch: Marylebone is perhaps one of the most unlikely parts of London to be dubbed a … [Read More...]

Worlds End Market Restaurant

World’s End Market – King’s Road

The World's End Market Restaurant and a Walk Down Memory Lane: I was not the sort of teenager who would sneak out of my dorm to go and see the … [Read More...]


Ceru – a Taste of the Levant in Fitzrovia

Bringing Sunshine to a Chilly February Evening - Ceru, Fitzrovia: According to Wikipedia the Levant  is an approximate historical geographical … [Read More...]

Recipes (including 5:2 Diet)

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Cooking with Quorn – Meat Free Tarragon Chicken

One Pot Tarragon 'Meat-Free' Chicken: Quorn is a healthy substitute for meat.  In addition to preprepared replacements for a whole range of dishes … [Read More...]

Creamy Leek Soup

Soup Story – Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup for #Jumpstart15

Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup - experimenting with Raw Food: I should be doing the 5:2 Diet. I know I should be - I've put on a bit of weight and I've … [Read More...]

minestrone soup

Overdone it at Christmas and New Year?

Healthy Soups for the New Year: It’s the 1st of January; I had a lovely Christmas with family and friends and brought in the New Year with some style … [Read More...]

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Truffled Cream of Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup

A 5:2 Diet Staple and Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe: Some time ago I tried making cauliflower cream.  The idea is to create something that has all … [Read More...]

Smoked Cod II

Stocking a Freezer – and a Fish Recipe – Smoked Cod

Smoked Cod with Dill, Peas and Potatoes: Moving house, with a plethora of things to remember, it was easy enough to overlook the fact that my … [Read More...]

Events in London

Axis - Dingley Dell Pork

Live at One – One Aldwych Screenings

The Crucible at One Aldwych - A Screening from the Old Vic: I had an inkling that the screening of The Crucible at One Aldwych might be something … [Read More...]

The Gun - Menu

Shrove Tuesday at The Gun

Preview - Shrove Tuesday Pancakes - The Gun: The Gun is a historic public house, dating back to the early 18th century.  Back in the day it enjoyed … [Read More...]

Making Pisco Sours

Pisco Sour Week in Soho

Getting to Grips with the Peruvian Trend - Pisco Sours: I have to be honest and admit that I hadn’t realised how popular Peruvian cuisine has become … [Read More...]

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Grimm Tales – Philip Pullman’s Immersive Fairy Stories at Bankside

Grimm Tales - an Evening of Escapism: As a child I was an avid reader.  Hiding under the blankets with a torch of course, we had a set bed-time … [Read More...]

Featured Posts


Twenty Things to do in #London on a Budget

Helpful tips for London on a Budget - with HouseTrip: I'm always happy to share ideas for how to get the most from London.  Whether you have very … [Read More...]

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Travel Safe – Keep hold of your belongings

How to Travel Safely: I hope everyone who travels does have at least basic travel insurance cover.  For me it is a travel essential, as much as … [Read More...]



Michelin Quality Dining at Home For those of us not of the vegetarian persuasion, meat tends to be the centerpiece of our meal.  However, few of us … [Read More...]

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Hong Kong Tourism Board – Claypot Rice

Claypot Rice at the School of Wok: In the last few years I've been to quite a few cookery classes at the School of Wok.  A favourite  of mine, I … [Read More...]

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There’s more to Brick Lane than Beigels and Bangladeshi Curries

Review of Exit Bar: As a native South Londoner, the East End hasn’t been my ‘stomping ground’ much. In my teenage years I used to enjoy going to … [Read More...]



#Giveaway and Discount – Country Living Spring Fair

Country Living Spring Fair Giveaway and Discount: Here's an event to help you get a bit of spring fever.  The Country Living Spring Fair  takes place from 18-22nd  March in the Business Design Centre, London.  What a great way to start the new season, you'll find lots of ideas for your home and … [Read More...]

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#Giveaway – Lake District Short Break at the Blue Duck

Win a Short Break at The Blue Duck with Lake-Lovers It's not often that I suffer from 'prize-envy' - giving away something I'd really like for myself.  But, in the case of this short break at The Blue Duck, I have to admit to coveting the prize I'm giving away.  Why?  because I love the Lake … [Read More...]

Scatter Cushions from Multiyork

Multiyork #Giveaway – A Cushy Number

Multiyork Cushion Giveaway: I'm rather obsessed with tarting up my house at the moment.  I'm spending a lot of time lurking on furniture sites trying to fit out the rooms here and Multiyork has the kind of excellent quality traditionally built furniture that I love. While I can't offer you a new … [Read More...]

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