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Tapas Revolution: Windsor

Tapas Revolution: Windsor

A few years ago I travelled to Madrid, mainly to look at art and enjoy a weekend without parental committments. And while seeing Yves Klein’s striking blue “La Victoria de Samotracia” in person was an enriching cultural adventure, it was the tapas that lingered longer […]

Russian Salad

Russian Salad

As you know, I went to Russia. And I loved it. The food was surprisingly varied and the quality was always good from the smallest cafe to the largest restaurant. When ever I travel I endeavour to make good food choices and so I was […]

Christmas Spiced Nuts

Christmas Spiced Nuts

I must pass on my thanks and a kick in the shin to Nigella Lawson for passing on this recipe – the bar snacks at Union Square apparently. I’m sure they are responsible for at least 1 of the obligatory 3 pounds I put on over Christmas […]

Laura Ashley The Tea Room: Burnham

Laura Ashley The Tea Room: Burnham

The words ‘Laura Ashley’ and ‘tea room’ belong together as naturally as ‘scones’ with ‘jam and cream’. Only a 15 minute drive from Maidenhead, the drive into the Burnham country side was awash with autumn foliage and I was eager to visit the new Laura […]

Bejewelled Christmas Chocolate Drops

Bejewelled Christmas Chocolate Drops

If you’re not overly confident to start your own chocolate factory just yet, why not try these little treasures. All you need is a microwave to create an endless variety of these pretty and festive sweets. You can create a florentine style creation and top […]

Surprising St Petersburg

Surprising St Petersburg

Our trip to St Petersburg started off well with perfectly cooked scrambled eggs and a glorious sunrise. I would recommend splashing out on Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food in Terminal 5, if not for the teriffic views and relative peace and quiet, then for the quality […]

Super-easy sticky date puddings with toffee sauce

Super-easy sticky date puddings with toffee sauce

Puddings. Not even a whisper of autumn and I’m already looking for excuses. Speaking of putting on the pounds, this recipe comes to you after a period in my life that I now refer to as ‘The Pudding Years’. I was newly married, scratching around […]

Butternut Squash Loaf

Butternut Squash Loaf

Seasonal recipes are the bane of the digital media provider. Bloggers, journalists and marketing folk are always looking for fresh and fabulous seasonal ‘content’ to hurl at readers each month. I struggle with this because I tend to eat what I like, when I like […]

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The first time I had French onion soup was in L’Entracte brasserie on 1 Rue Auber, opposite the Opera Garnier in Paris. I wrote about it here. The last time I ate French onion soup was this weekend, as the rain and wind swept away […]

Super Soft Sour Cream Donuts

Super Soft Sour Cream Donuts

Can you imagine how Stephen Hawking must have felt when the concept for the expanding universe dawned on him? Or how Tesla might have felt when he first realised the potential of wireless technology? That’s kind of how it was for me when I bit into some […]