Keeper’s House – Fine Dining at the RA

Keepers House - Cod

Dinner at the Royal Academy – Keeper’s House: I have a soft spot for the Royal Academy.  Not only is it one of London’s finest art galleries, but The Royal Academy entirely funded by the revenues they make and by donations.  No money from the taxpayer – unless he or she chooses (like me) to […]

Tin Belly Dining at The Clarence

The Clarence Beef

How to make a Yorkshireman happy – Roast Beef with all the trimmings at The Clarence: Pure serendipity provided a request to review the Tin Belly Dining Room at the Clarence coinciding with meeting an old friend who just happened to have worked a stone’s throw from the pub for the last thirty years. The […]

#Giveaway – Pancake Pans from ProCook

procook pancake pan

Win One of Three Pancake Pans from ProCook Kitchenware: Pancake day is coming soon – Tuesday 9th February.  I’m something of a fan of both sweet and savoury pancakes, though I prefer the thin ‘crepe’ style pancakes to richer American style drop pancakes. And, I certainly don’t believe in keeping pancakes just for one day […]

Min Jiang – Chinese New Year with a View

Min Jiang - Golden Cup

Min Jiang at The Royal Garden Hotel: The Royal Garden Hotel is a glamorous place on the edge of Kensington Gardens.  I’ve been there for drinks but never made my way to the tenth-floor Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang, open now for eight years.  There is something quite exciting about taking the elevator up – and […]

Welsh Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings

Welsh Roast Beef

The Sunday Roast – Welsh Beef and Yorkshire Puddings: Part of the fabric of British culture, the Sunday Roast is sacrosanct.  When I was growing up the roast was that one meal a week where my mother couldn’t experiment with yet another ‘frugal’ recipe.  We alternated beef (with Yorkshire Puddings), pork, lamb and chicken (my […]

S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016

Claude Bosi - San Pellegrino Young Chef Mentor 2016

Breakfast at Dabbous – S. Pellegrino Young Chef Award: How do you encourage excellence in the professional kitchen?  It’s a World where the hours are punishing, where young chefs hone their skills with work that can be repetitive and tedious.  Where the need for perfection must sometimes seem to stifle any creative potential.  Some of […]

Red Velvet Cake – #ICakeYou with Betty Crocker

White Rose - Red Velvet

Valentine’s Baking – Perhaps the Reason I am Single! Valentine’s Day is looming and I’ve been experimenting a bit.  I wanted to try making those pretty cupcake roses you see around.  And, I wanted to make a Valentine’s bake.  My lack of skills with an icing bag meant I really didn’t want to rely on […]

Bloodwise – a cancer charity making a difference

London to Paris 2011

Are You Blood Wise? Guest Post by Ashleigh Moore: There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, with a further 1 in 4 facing poor health or disability after cancer treatment. Of these numbers, around 1 in 25 people will be diagnosed with blood cancer, which I am sure you will agree, […]

inamo Covent Garden

Inamo - dessert

inamo Covent Garden Opening: The site for the latest inamo restaurant was once home to Cafe des Amis du Vin.  At the time one of the most authentic French dining experiences in London, it was somewhere I’d frequent in my twenties and thirties.  There was a sophisticated and louche wine bar in the basement, a […]

Indigo at One Aldwych – Gluten and Dairy Free without Tears

Breast of Yorkshire Pheasant - Indigo at One Aldwych

Fine Dining Free-From Style at Indigo, One Aldwych: Chefs these days face an uphill struggle when trying to negotiate the dietary nuances of all their customers.  Most people I know have one or more food intolerances and many of us compound that with dietary preferences.  Woe betides the chef who can’t produce a decent vegetarian (with […]