Dosas and dinosaur land

​Within days of arriving in India we were ready for some dreadlock spotting in laid-back southern India. Our heads filled with the promise of paradise we set off on our first ever night bus to Hampi. The opportunistic guy who booked it for us obviously thought we looked like we needed some tlc and checked…

Arrival in India

Having finally come to the conclusion that it’s easier to describe a country when you’re actually there, I’m going to shelve China for a while and start with India. I’ve usefully just discovered how to make a word document on my Kindle enabling me to write offline and finally finish my piece on the Pinkmans…

Pinkmans Charity Banquet 

​On April 10th a huge fire destroyed France’s last remaining refugee camp in Dunkirk. The situation around Calais just kept getting worse. There are currently around 750 people scattered across Northern France, living in terrible conditions and in constant fear of waking up to pepper spray. For a year the French government have been ignoring…

Dinner Party Diaries

I got very stuck writing this one. Chef life leaves little room for exercising the mind and as I’ve slacked off my usual reading and writing habits, my brain is turning to mush.  Weirdly, as I develop skills which would help immensely in catering, the frequency that I throw dinner parties has also dropped dramatically….

Live update: Feb 2017

2017 is fully underway and I am quite literally watching the days fly by on the food hygiene labels which I have to date a hundred times a day. Annual Report: 2016 projected goals: -see more of Bristol -work in Bristol’s food scene -start a fabulous blog -save for travelling 2017 current achievements: -have graced most of Bristol’s…

Aubergine Barley Risotto

Risotto has long been one of my favourite meals to make, this may seem unusual due to its reputation as an especially fiddly and tricky dish.  Nevertheless, its propensity to be a vehicle for copious amounts of cheese attracted our attention and it became one of the staple meals in our piling-on-the-pounds freshers diet. Whether it…

Spontaneous Seasonal Salad

Having grown up in a household which gets a veg box delivered weekly, and grows some of it’s own, eating seasonally is ingrained into my cooking. Scraping the mud of potatoes and beetroots has become associated with unpacking the shopping; as has snapping the leafy tops off carrots and being horrified at the unearthing of an ugly,…

Autumnal Italian Soup

Since receiving a gift of Five Quarters, Guardian food writer Rachel Roddy’s Italian cookbook,  I have enjoyed exploring the beautiful simplicity of traditional Roman cuisine.  The detail and knowledge in her sensual prose draws you into her kitchen in Testaccio, colourfully opening up the foundations of Italian cooking. Nourishing soups make it effortless to be both seasonal and healthy; simple recurring…

Watershed

The season is Autumn.  The temperature has plummeted.  The world is doing a fantastic job of falling apart.  And I’ve just joined the ranks of the unemployed graduates. Watershed is a very soft sounding way of describing these turbulent times. I’ve decided to stay in Bristol, primarily in order to enjoy myself, but also to…

Refugee Community Kitchen

Over the last few weeks I have been working in a warehouse outside Calais for the charity RCK.  The charity is volunteer led and, in the days of the Jungle, distributed food to 2500 people in the camp as well as the hundred odd volunteers in the warehouse.  It now provides all the hot food…

A Persian Weekend

I have recently developed a love for Middle Eastern food.  It began when I opened Diana Henry’s Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, and led me down a trail to my most recent purchase: Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem.  It is hard not to be drawn into Bristol’s exotic and extensive food scene, there are temptations on every corner, so perhaps it was my first visit…