• Cannizaro House – No Wombles but Plenty of Rabbits in Wimbledon: I’ve developed something of a taste for a London staycation.  For a start, there’s no worry about flights, passports or lost luggage.  Secondly, when you arrive you know your phone will work and you won’t get hit with an unexpected bill.  And finally there… [Continue Reading]

    Staycationing in Wimbledon – Cannizaro House
  • We Capture the Castle – Castillo del Buen Amor: When I agreed to be Catherine’s Godmother, I *think* perhaps I was a little confused about the role.  ‘Godmother’ after all must be close to ‘Fairy Godmother’, bringing with it an indisputable responsibility to make wishes come true and bring sparkle and fairy-dust into lives.  Well,… [Continue Reading]

    Playing at Princesses – Castillo del Buen Amor Villanueva, Spain
  • 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



‘Ruby Jean’s’ at The Prince Albert – Review

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Review of Boqueria – Queenstown Road, Battersea

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Eelbrook Restaurant – Review

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Butternut Squash and Sweet potato soup with Coriander

Diet Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

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Pomegranate Cocktails

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Not quite Nutella – Chocolate Nut Butter Recipe

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Balblair Chocolate Mousse

Basic Chocolate Mousse

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Froothie Soup

Celeriac and Cucumber Soup – Testing the Froothie

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Luke Rayment (2)

Queensland Australia comes to London

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Emily Dobbs for Jagged Fence Productions presents Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR ANYA REISS’ NEW VERSION OF CHEKHOV’S UNCLE VANYA, DIRECTED BY RUSSELL BOLAM JOHN HANNAH RETURNS TO THE STAGE AFTER A SIX YEAR ABSENCE TO STAR ALONGSIDE AMANDA BOXER, JOE DIXON, ALAN FRANCIS AND AMANDA HALE, WITH FURTHER CASTING ANNOUNCED SOON THE PRODUCTION IS THE SECOND SHOW IN THE ONE STAGE SEASON AT ST. JAMES THEATRE, SUPPORTED BY STAGE ONE Casting is announced today for a new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by multiple award-winning playwright Anya Reiss, premiering on Wednesday 8 October at St. James Theatre. Directed by Russell Bolam, Reiss’ adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece of modern theatre reignites the piece for a 21st century audience, revealing the universal difficulties of impossible love, longing and regret. John Hannah stars as Vanya, returning to the stage for the first time since 2008, after his role in Sky One’s epic, Spartacus. Joining Hannah in the company are Amanda Boxer, Buffy Davis, Joe Dixon, Alan Francis and Amanda Hale. A respected professor returns to his farmland which has been managed without him for many years. He brings with him a new, beautiful, young wife. Their arrival turns the lives of the residents and his family upside down forcing everyone to re-examine their choices. Old wounds are reopened, passions are awakened and thwarted ambitions bubble to the surface, threatening the lives of everyone involved. Anya Reiss began writing plays at 14 when she became a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' Programme and her debut play, The Spur of the Moment, premiered there in 2010 when she was 17, winning her the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. In 2011, producer Emily Dobbs brought Reiss and Bolam together to work on a series of productions which would reimagine Chekhov for a new audience. The Seagull opened at Southwark Playhouse to sell-out success in 2012 and was followed by Three Sisters at the same venue in 2014. Uncle Vanya is the third production uniting this creative team and will further the fusion of a classic voice with a contemporary vitality. Jagged Fence Productions will bring Uncle Vanya to the stage as part of the ONE STAGE season running September to December at the St. James Theatre. It is supported by Stage One, the charity which supports emerging commercial theatre producers. This new version of Uncle Vanya was commissioned by Emily Dobbs on behalf of Jagged Fence Productions. Janet Bird will design, with lighting by Johanna Town, music by Isobel Waller Bridge and casting by Hayley Kaimakliotis. For further information please contact Maisie Lawrence at The Corner Shop PR on 020 7831 7657 or email maisie@thecornershoppr.com -ENDS- LISTINGS: Emily Dobbs for Jagged Fence Productions presents UNCLE VANYA By Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Anya Reiss St. James Theatre, 12 Palace St, London SW1E 5JA Wed 8 October – 8 November 2014 Press Night: Mon 13 October 2014, 7pm Performances: Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm Ticket Prices: £49.50, £39.50, £29.50, £15* *Tickets are limited in number. Book early to avoid disappointment Groups (8+) bookings: Receive a £10 discount off Band A tickets when you make a group booking of 8 tickets or more. Schools (10+) bookings: £15 off Band A tickets for school groups of 10+ with one free teacher comp per 10 tickets purchased Students: Band A tickets at £20.00 with valid student ID, one ticket per ID, bought in person at the box office counter or telephone bookings Access bookings: £10 off Band A and Band B for registered disabled patrons, with a free companion ticket for those who require carer assistance. Access bookings should be made via the box office on 0844 264 2140. For further queries and group bookings please contact St. James Box Office on 0844 264 2140. All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets

Uncle Vanya at St James Theatre – Preview

Uncle Vanya By Anton Chekhov; new version by Anya Reiss   Casting is announced today for a new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya by … [Read More...]

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King Charles III Transfers to the West End

King Charles III: A future history play by Mike Bartlett Directed by Rupert Goold The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the Prince … [Read More...]

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's flavour hunters

The Glorious 12 Whisky and Game Bar

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#Win an Olive It Recipe Book

WIN TWO OLIVE IT! RECIPE BOOKS Since Tapas is all about sharing, we've got one for you and one for your friend! AND there's a total of 12 prizes - so everyone is in with a chance of winning! A delicious ensemble of olive marinades, tapenades and tapas, this beautiful recipe book will spark … [Read More...]

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Catherine Green Designer Tea Towels Do you need something to brighten up your kitchen.  I was lucky enough to be sent one of these beautiful nature inspired Catherine Green Tea Towels to review.  Digitally  printed on heavy duty cotton drill, it's smart enough to frame and hang on the wall,with … [Read More...]

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#Giveaway and Review – Personalised Football Book

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