Beetroot, Fennel and Orange Risotto with Feta

If you’re a fan of pink then this one’s for you. This vibrant, snazzy risotto recipe is beetroot inspired with a twist. Blood oranges are everywhere at the moment – they’re utterly incredible, but you can use any type that suits you. Fennel is a popular combination in this trio, mainly in salad recipes. It…

Why Veg Boxes Rule

Wanna know what I get most excited about? Each week I count down the days until Wednesday morning – when our veg box gets delivered. I’m aware that sounds a bit strange, but I am abnormally obsessed by food in general. The night before is spent postulating over which mud-covered delights will arrive on my…

The Believers are but Brothers

Javaad Alipoor uncovers some unsettling truths in his one man show The Believers are but Brothers: primarily, the dangerous connection between the Internet and the terrorist group ISIS. Following the paths of three young men, Javaad narrates a dark tale of modern radicalisation. The show toured the Edinburgh Fringe this summer, receiving excellent reviews, and is now on…

Zero Waste, Food Busk Supper Club

Farmdrop have had a busy week; from hosting supper clubs to fermentation and orecchiette making workshops, they’ve been hard at work fundraising for the homeless charity St Mungo’s. Their ‘food busking’, pay-as-you-feel events have been uniting the community, connecting people with some of their local food and sustainable farming businesses. The newcomers in Bristol epitomise…

Annapurna Podcast

Click play if you want to hear 13 minutes of my dulcet tones describing our slightly disastrous experience of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.   Thanks to Alex and Valerie for their contributions (sorry for forcing you take part). Prayer flag pano. Joe at Valarie and Sonita’s. Dining table at Valarie and Sonita’s Valarie’s muffins…

Kricket, or the real deal?

Last week I decided to ignore my bank balance and go out for a lovely meal in Soho – because what on Earth is the point of living in crappy Kent, if you never make the most of London?! Kricket marries modern Indian flavours with seasonal British ingredients, serving them artfully as small plates. The…

Bristol’s gem de la gem

I’m getting ready. I’m going back! I’m already drooling. Just to hype up my excitement for my imminent removal from Sevenoaks and re-establishment back in Bristol, I’ve cobbled together a few of my food-faves which I’ll be making a beeline for in a few weeks. I’ll also throw in a list of places which I’m…

‘Reigning’ over Rajasthan

It’s been a couple of months since we came back, and this blog post has been open on my laptop (hanging over my head) for these past few rainy and cold weeks. Ignorantly, I thought that writing about India from Sevenoaks would be an easy thing to do. Luckily, as is normal, the thought of…

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….