When in Wales

With our passports surrendered to the Home Office, our summer trip to Croatia was sadly not possible this year. However, it forced us to explore the places a little bit closer to home. We’ve been told a few times that we should take the kids to Snowdonia, climb the mountain, enjoy the beautiful countryside. Obviously…

Buttermilk, oat and chocolate chunk muffins

Many years ago, back in the day when we could go out for breakfast in relative peace and quiet, we used to visit a little tiny cafe in Drummoyne (Sydney) called the Bowen Island Bakery. We would order a coffee and these incredible choc-chip and oat muffins. The choc-chips in these muffins were more like…

Summery Sides

I know it won’t last, but in this heat, getting dinner ready in the hottest part of the day can be a nightmare of sweat and cursing. Well it is my house. In summer, salads rule, and if you’re brave enough to turn on the hob, maybe a piece of meat to go with. Nothing fussy,…

The Poor Knights of Windsor

A little while back Green & Black’s  organic chocolate invited me out to Windsor for their pop-up stall as part of their Taste Tour. Sadly I couldn’t make it, so instead they sent me some chocolate and a recipe to create my own little food event at home. Green & Black’s taste specialist Brandt Maybury devised a…

Caldesi in Campagna: Bray

The village of Bray is tucked away on the south side of the Berkshire town of Maidenhead. But it’s not like most other villages. Bray is home to two of the country’s three, three-starred Michelin restaurants; but Heston’s Fat Duck and Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn aren’t the only reasons to pay a visit. In 2007…

The Old Swan Uppers: Cookham

We’ve been kicking around the Maidenhead area for almost 5 years now and we’ve done our fair share of exploring the local fare. For us, eating out usually means finding a place that serves a burger because with two boys, that’s the only way of tempting them to eat out. But who am I kidding? I…

Marco Pierre White in Windsor

Last Thursday night I attended a VIP event at the newly launched MPW Steak House Bar and Grill  in Windsor. Situated inside the recently refurbished Castle Hotel Windsor, which is now part of the luxury M Gallery Collection of the Sofitel group, this latest addition to the Marco Pierre White family of restaurants is everything you…

The Perfect Hummus

There’s not much that needs saying with this recipe. It’s hummus. Who doesn’t love hummus? But before you scoff and think about your off-the-shelf variety,  it’s not like that. Grocery store hummus is a grainy, grey goop compared to the silky, subtle flavour of the real thing. And this recipe is the real thing. This…

Blueberry Pancakes

Finally. Finally it’s beginning to feel like spring. On May Day we went to see the Ellington Morris Dancers perform their first dance for the season. Based in the Maidenhead area, this gang call themselves the Ellington troupe because Ellington was the name of Maidenhead in the Doomsday Book.  The Ellington dancers perform early 20th century…

Satollo Italian Eatery and Delicatessen: Marlow

I’ve been looking forward to visiting Satollo in Marlow ever since I first heard about it a few weeks ago. After taking a chance at the deli counter in Sainsbury’s last week, only to be sorely (and foolishly) disappointed on so many levels, I drove into Marlow last Wednesday with the hope and desperation of a gourmand in despair. Tucked…