Spring on a table in Tuscany

“Oooh! What are you doing that for??”  Was the common response I got after telling people my ‘holiday’ to Tuscany was in fact a solo mission to work on an organic farm in the middle of nowhere. I’ll admit, before I left I was dubious (I am neither a budding farmer nor the I-go-where-the-wind-blows-me sort),…

Chili Con Veduras

Summer or winter, rain or shine, veg chilli is the perfect dinner party dish. Whack it straight on the table and let people help themselves, you can even make it the day before – it’ll taste even better. Whether you’re doing meal prep, or cooking for 6, it’s a tasty, healthy, cheap and easy option….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…