Thermocook – Love at First Sight

Thermocook Multicooker Thermomix Substitute

First Impressions of the Optimum Thermocook Multicooker: As an occasional cook and even more occasional baker, I’m not generally a kitchen gadget enthusiast.  But, last summer I went to Brantes and cooked with Les Aventurieres du Gout, a group of vegetarian and vegan foragers.  While I was there I got to try their Thermomix.  It made creating […]

A Day Trip West – Must-Visit Destinations from London


Stonehenge, Bath and More – A Day Trip to the West Country: I’ve lived in London for most of my adult life.  Brief excursions to the country, with an idea of making some attempt at rural living failed dismally.  Yet, I love the countryside, in particular the West Country where my mother grew up.  We […]

Brasserie Gustave – Traditional French Dining in London

Brasserie Gustave Snails

Paris, London – Brasserie Gustave in South Kensington: Almost equidistant from South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations, the Institut Francais and nearby Lycee Francais mark out a part of London  sometimes called the ‘French Quarter’.  Walk due South for 8 minutes or so and you’ll find Brasserie Gustave, on the corner of Sydney Street. […]

Red Pepper and French Goat’s Cheese Risotto

Goats Cheese Risotto

Comfort Food for a Cold Day – Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Risotto: I love goat’s cheese.  Piquant and crumbly young cheeses or sweet buttery ripened cheeses – they all have their place on the perfect cheese board.  I suspect I first came across French goat’s cheese during the long summer holidays of my teenage […]

Copas Christmas Turkey Review and #Giveaway

Turkey Dinner Copas 3

Copas Turkey – not just for Christmas: Those of us who write food and lifestyle blogs know only too well that turkey is not just for Christmas.  Whilst we might not start Christmas planning QUITE as early as the supermarket product development specialists, many of us do spend a few happy days in the summer […]

Flavours Christmas Hamper #Giveaway and More


Flavours Hampers and Holidays: You may already have heard of Flavours Holidays – the specialist Italian activity holiday company.  They offer a range of activity holidays – cookery, painting, pilates and learning Italian.  On their holidays you’ll be part of a small group, staying in a villa in Sicily, Tuscany, Amalfi or Puglia.  And, as […]

Luxury at Christmas with #HarrodsHampers

Harrods Christmas Teddy

Harrods Hampers – the Ultimate Christmas Extravagance: I am not an organised Christmas shopper.  As final posting days loom, I start to panic.  Buying gifts for Christmas is, for me, the ultimate Christmas nightmare.  Shops are busier than normal at a time when I am busier than normal too.  The underground is crowded with families, […]

Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar #Giveaway

Hotel Chocolate Advent Calendar for two

Christmas Giveaway – Hotel Chocolat Truffles for Two: I love advent calendars.  They epitomise Christmas spirit for me, that anticipation we all had as children. Were we good enough for Santa to bring us presents this year?  Would what we’d written on our wishlist be in the stocking at the end of our bed?  What […]

#GloriousAdventures – Soup for the Traveller’s Soul

Sri Lanka River Boat Safari - cinnamon production 2

Food and Travel – How Far Can Taste Take You? I’m really getting into this social media thing!  Do join the teams from Foodies100 and Trips100, aided and abetted by yours truly,  for a lunchtime twitter party tomorrow (Tuesday 17th November) between 1 and 2pm.  It’s all about two of my favourite things – Food […]

Autumnal Dublin – Halloween, Bram Stoker and More

Dublin Temple Bar

Dublin – A City of Contrast. The short flight from London to Dublin scarcely takes longer than the journey to and from the airports.  And yet, despite a common language, despite a similar climate and despite, in part, a shared history, Ireland and Dublin in particular is another world. The Dublin I remember from my […]