Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Food Stories

How We Do BBQ

How We Do BBQ

I grew up watching my dad catch and cook snapper on barbecues made with cypress pine which smelled divine as it burned. He’d brush on his special mix of lemon juice and olive oil that would splatter onto the white-hot ashes sending smoke up through the meat. He was famous among family and friends for his BBQ fish and over the years his monster cook-offs would come to include thick discs of chorizo, pork chops and perfectly charred olive oil and garlic ciabatta.

It’s rather surprising that it took me more than five years of living in UK before I …

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Cheese is a funny thing. The way we appreciate a fine cheese rather goes against the grain. Mould makes it more marvellous and the worse it smells the better it is. That’s how I knew the Cygnet cheese from The Marlow Cheese Co. was going to be a corker; it ticks both boxes

I’ve never tried a lactic cheese before, that’s the category of cheese the Marlow company’s debut effort falls under. It’s hard to describe as it’s got the consistency of a cream cheese or soft goat’s cheese but only when it’s young, and the slightly acidic, light citrus …

Food Hero: Rex Bakery

Food Hero: Rex Bakery

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Ok, so this one is not local, but it’s not that far away. Today I want to sing the praises of Glenn Stephens founder of the Rex Artisan Bakery in Little Chalfont. I want to shout to the roof-tops that I finally found a worthy ciabatta here in the UK. It’s not an easy thing to come by and I’ve been looking far and wide. Turns out I’m not the only one who loves Rex ciabatta…. they won an award for being the best in the country. You can enjoy Rex Bakery bread at Marlow’s Satollo who really know their …

Local Food Hero: Pierozek Polish Delicatessen

Local Food Hero: Pierozek Polish Delicatessen

Have you ever walked into a shop on Edgeware Rd or Chinatown  in London and felt transported to another place? I love nothing more than walking into a deli or grocer and being immersed in the delights of another culture. Since moving to Maidenhead I found this experience a little more difficult to come by, but I’ve since found some hidden treasures like the Continental Stores on Denmark St and Gordon Store on Gordon St and most recently I discovered the Polish deli on Market St right in the heard of Maidenhead.

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I’d known the Pierozek Polish Delicatessen had been …

Eating Healthy: Not Just for January

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After indulging over Christmas and New Year, I’m sure we’ve all been shamed into getting back on track. If you’re anything like me you’ve tried Dry January and it turned out to be more like Partially-Dry January and while there are still chocolates hanging about the place, their numbers are falling and soon, the kitchen will be a wasteland of home-cooking and herbal teas.

OK, so ‘wasteland’ is my attempt at irony, but it’s supposed to prove a point. The point being that healthy eating doesn’t have to be, and damn-well shouldn’t be a no-fun affair. Your daily meals should …

Local Food Hero: Gordon Stores Maidenhead

It’s October and in our family that means pumpkin carving, autumn trees and turning on the heating. We carved out pumpkins last night and draped some cobwebs and spiders around the place. Just a bit of fun for Halloween which is one of my favourite festivities. People say Halloween is an American cultural quirk and one that’s being steadily adopted here in the UK. But before you start hum-bugging this spooky celebration, just remember it all started here in Britain – well according to some scholars anyway. The Celts were celebrating Samhain long before the Christian festival of All Hallows …

Local Food Hero: Palmieri’s Gourmet Italian Cafe

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This loaf of bread might not look special but if you could smell it and taste it, you’d realise that it wasn’t like other loaves of bread. It’s special because it’s real bread and it’s special because you can only get it on a Thursday at one place in Maidenhead. This bread is the reason that I’m celebrating Palmieri’s as one of my local food heroes. As part of the Real Bread Campaign  Italian cafe Palmieri’s in Maidenhead make fresh bread made on-site every Thursday. Available only after midday and prepared by Roberto Palmieri, it is without a doubt the …

The Best and Wurst of Berlin

I was in Berlin for a few days last week. While I usually like to write about the food I ate while I was away, my affair with food abroad this time was a little bit… different. I was travelling alone and this meant that I didn’t have to worry about feeding anyone but myself; a completely foreign experience. Each time I opened the fridge of my little Air BnB flat, I smiled at the lonely carton of milk. There were no half-drunk bottles of orange juice to keep it company, no cling-wrapped blocks of cheese, half cucumbers and avocados …

Local Food Hero: Quintessential Meats

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At AT’s work, there are a handful serious BBQ guys…guys who know about meat, guys who build smoke pits, South Africans…you know the type. When asked where they buy their meat – the answer was unanimous: Quintessential Meats in Warfield. I don’t like to be left out of good things, especially when it involves food and so I made my way over to Warfield. It’s beautiful there. Lots of farms and horse-types, golf courses and tucked away, off a lane you’ll probably miss if you’re not careful, is Fernygrove Farm. Run by James & Charlotte Quinn, Fernygrove and Hornbuckle …

An Ethiopian Adventure with Sarah Parfitt

It’s not often that we get to escape the comfort zone, that’s because it’s nice being comfortable. But once in a while, an opportunity arises that pushes you out into a world that’s very different from your own daily experience. Sarah Parfitt was fortunate enough to have one of these adventures when she went to Gende Tesfa in Eastern Ethiopia for a week. Her goal was to set up a community journalism project and a school link between Holy Trinity School here in Cookham and the Gende Tesfa School. It’s been 30 years since the famine in Ethiopia and Sarah