“Do you want to do a supper club with me?” Naomi asked and wobbled slightly on her stool. We were out for dinner with friends and had enjoyed pre-going out glasses of white wine, pre-dinner glasses of prosecco and then a few glasses of dinner wine, which had come in a nice, […]

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London basked in a heatwave for two days. But on the third day, the weather gave in. Blue skies were swamped with sweaty grey clouds and the air was thick with the promise of rain.

Obviously I had a table in The Rosendale’s pub garden booked for the third day. A PR had invited […]

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In this blog post, I’m mostly demonstrating how terrible I am at icing. Just look at this cake. The top slopes like a patched roof, all buckled and drooping. The frosting is smeared and mottled. I could claim that the speckles are vanilla seeds from posh white chocolate, but we all know I used Continue Reading

Florence’s town centre is covered in TripAdvisor Centre of Excellence certificates. Thin scraps of A4 taped to cafe windows and restaurant doors, reassuring the city’s itinerant punters that this trattoria, this osteria and this gelateria have the internet’s thumbs-up. They have the confidence of the crowd. Mutually assured menus that guarantee a great night out for […]

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Some things are the result of long and careful planning. Well thought out combinations that are scrutinised and experimented with. Trialled and test run. And some things take two seconds thought, the contents of your fridge and a glorious summer’s day.

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I meant to write this up as soon as I got home from Italy. But I didn’t. I couldn’t. I was huddled in my bed, sweating my way through a 36-hour pasta comedown. We’d got up to three bowls of pasta a day while we were in Italy. Three bowls! We even ate it cold for […]

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Do you remember what life was like before Aperol Spritzes? No, me either. Even my parents have a bottle of Aperol in the fridge now. There’s no escape. As soon as the sun crests the clouds and the air is warm enough to allow cardigans to slip […]

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The first time I tried amaretto I was in a wines and spirits aisle in Tesco and it was Christmas. A woman with curling brown hair and pink cheeks had set up a little tasting stand at the end of the aisle. She’d lined up rows of plastic shot glasses filled […]

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There are a lot of subscription companies about at the moment. The Guardian even did a feature on them. You can stay in and the whole world will come to you. For a price, of course.

Back in January Pomora got in touch with me and asked […]

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This year I passed my level 3 food hygiene certificate. With merit, no less. Which means that I can now be left in charge of a pie factory and nobody will die of pie. Except, possibly, me.

As a holder of a level 3 food hygiene certificate, I know lots about food […]

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