Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: May 2013

Fish and chips

For those of you who don’t already know, I’m from Sydney and I moved to a town in Berkshire called Maidenhead. The food culture here came as a big shock. I didn’t know that the Brits like their pub steaks served with fresh tomato and grilled mushrooms. I didn’t know that high-quality pan-Asian takeaway was a luxury I had left behind for good. I also didn’t know that there is chip shop culture that I’m still trying to figure out. ┬áLucky for me, or incredibly unlucky depending on how you look at it, our house is very close to a …

Maidenhead street-food festival

Let me paint a picture of Maidenhead at lunch time for you. Loping office workers wander the High street with their M&S sandwich and bag of crisps in hand, slinking back to work past a strip of pound stores, charity shops and a glut of 3 or 4 coffee-house franchises. When the best place in town to go is Costa coffee, that’s when you know your town has hit bottom.

Back when I was writing for The Maidenhead Advertiser, I came across a plucky lass called Esther, who ran the only supper club in Berkshire. Like me, she looks over …

Bill’s Jamaican coconut bread

Sydney-siders will know all about him, and some hip city folk might have heard about his London presence. I’m talking about Bill Granger. That man-child food wizard who has made his career on sensational scrambled eggs. Of course there are a more strings to his bow, but his eggs really are good. I think a meal passes the test when you’re willing to drive into town and cope with the stress of parking and finding a table, which I had done many times in Sydney. The bad-ass of breakfasts, Bill also makes fabulous corn fritters and a decadent coconut …