The Oxford Blue: Windsor

  After an 18-month restoration, The Oxford Blue, which has served as a public house since 1829, has been elevated almost overnight to a culinary icon in the unassuming back roads surrounding Windsor Great Park. After only a month of trade The Oxford Blue has already had a visit from Michelin and is fully booked…

Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar Famous Mulled Wine

Perhaps it’s because I’m Australian, but I’ve never really picked up on the mulled wine tradition here in the UK. To me it tasted either too sour or overly spiced and stating the bloody obvious – what’s with warm wine? But things change. A few weeks ago I dragged the boys down to the Cookham Christmas…

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…

Food Hero: Rex Bakery

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…

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Is it that time yet? If you’re not quite ready to get your blender out just yet, then this is the perfect soup for you. This recipe is not overly thick or rich and is in fact the perfect mid-season option if you’re looking for a light fish dish to add to your repertoire. Get…

Suped-Up Scrambled Eggs

This recipe started life out as an omlette. I copied it from a little French cafe we used to go to back in Sydney called Bitton where it was served with slivers of toasted Turkish bread and monkey-nut chutney. I’m not great at making anything too tricksy at 7 o’clock in the morning so this dish…

Bring the World to Your Kitchen

Britain loves curry. There’s no doubting it. But I could only list maybe two one excellent Indian meals I’ve had in the 5 years since I’ve been here; granted I do live outside of London, but that only further illustrates my point. I will however, sing the praises of my friend who makes onion bhajis when…

Triple Chocolate Muffins

You might think a chocolate muffin is a simple recipe to find, an easy thing to make. I thought I’d found it here. But we were wrong. I’ve been looking for a long time for a recipe that’s worth making repeatedly and I’m fairly certain this Donna Hay recipe is the one. The actual recipe is…

Avocado & Baby Gems with Honey-Mustard Dressing

I stole the idea for this dish from a restaurant in Notting Hill called Pizza East. A fairly amazing establishment, and not just because I saw Mark Strong there. They serve up pizzas and delicious cured meats but it was their vegetarian offerings that I became acquainted with. I was blown away by the quality of…

Warm Halloumi Salad

I found this recipe in the Waitrose magazine of all places. Created by grain & gluten-free bloggers Hemsley & Hemsley, this salad combines a few of my favourite things, one of those being halloumi cheese. Wilted lettuce is another feature that doesn’t get much press but is truly a sensation. Once you can get over your…