Alice à la carte

Alice à la carte is a catering service for private dinner parties.  Clients can have guests over for a delicious home cooked, stress-free supper, which is personally tailored to their tastes- their menu. Cooking homemade food for big groups of people is notoriously known as my favourite thing to do; sadly I cannot sustain hosting dinner…

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 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…

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…