A chance to see inside – at Andaz Hotel, Liverpool Street: I have to admit that I know next to nothing about the Masons. Theirs is a secretive world surrounded in mystery with rumours of strange rituals, funny handshakes, and dodgy deals being conducted in favour of fellow Masons. There has been a whiff of scandal […]
Tired of grey skies? Feeling cold? Short days getting you down? Here’s something to remind you of summer sunshine!
Toasting The Bard Just A Bit Early – Burns Night Preview: With a great grandfather from Skye and a whole host of relatives on my father’s side hailing from the west coast islands it’s hardly suprising that I love Burns Night. Originally held to commemorate the great bard’s death, at a certain point the supper […]
Flowers for Valentines or all year round from Appleyard London I love being given flowers. It’s one of those things that seem just a little self-indulgent (though I must confess to using all sorts of excuses to buy myself flowers too). A flower delivery to my door is always a treat and the ‘early valentines […]
Art and Food in Marylebone – The Wallace Collection: My first encounter with Peyton & Byrne, the restaurant group, was at the Royal Academy. I’m a long standing friend of the RA, one of my favourite galleries in London, and can remember being delighted by supper after a late night viewing of one of the […]
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 the consistency of cream but none of the fat content or calories. Or at least, FAR fewer calories. Blitzing an entire cauliflower actually makes rather too much for […]
Chocolate and Wine – a Marriage Made in Heaven? While on paper the combination of chocolate and wine might sound delectable – especially if you are a chocaholic like me who is also fond of the odd glass – the reality is that matching chocolate and wine is regarded as quite challenging. Add to that […]