Lakes, mountains, cows: Asturias has it all

Up until now, I’ve never wondered what it would be like to be buried alive in blue cheese. I’m not that kind of pervert. But standing at the entrance to the cheese caves of Carreña, I begin to consider it.

There [...]

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Pick up a picnic

Growing up in Portsmouth, summer was always spent on the beach. We’d pile into the car: me, my sisters, my cousins, a few friends, and a parent or two; and drive down to the seaside ‘before the rush’, which meant 8am. By 8.30am we’d have colonised [...]

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for gin

It’s summer, which means parties, picnics, barbecues and sitting on the pavement outside the pub, drinking pints and feeling very continental. If Christmas is the height of winter drinking, then summer is when we put on our booze bikinis [...]

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The power of beer is strong

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a scheme to set up a new brewery in Lewisham, called Ignition Brewery. My friend Nick O’Shea was trying to win funding to set it up with Lewisham Mencap, creating jobs for adults with [...]

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Finger lickin’ chicken

Tequila was always an 11.30pm drink for me. The first drink ordered once we were through the night club doors. Staggering with booze, lit up with the joy of drunkeness and afraid the wait in the queue might have sobered us up, tequila was what [...]

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No, I haven’t just helped myself to a slice. How dare you even make such a suggestion. *guilty crumb face*

An iron grey June sky is sitting low over the park and the air smells of hot pavement, dry lawns and rains to come. I’m on a picnic [...]

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Once I’ve finished spiralising potatoes, I’m going to use my Nutribullet to make pina coladas

I look at the spiraliser on my kitchen worktop and sometimes I wonder if it isn’t just another fondue set. A Breville toastie maker. A pasta machine. A gadget that seems like [...]

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What, no tomatoes?

30 minute meals are things I don’t really believe in. Whenever a recipe says: ‘You’ll be eating dinner in less than 30 minutes!” I think: “No I won’t.” And, generally, I’m not. The recipes never take into account not knowing where your ovenproof dish is; [...]

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The best new brewery in South East London? Could be

“More beer and jobs!” As electioneering slogans go, it’s a pretty good one. And if you vote for Ignition Brewery to receive funding from the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Skills & Opportunities Fund, you [...]

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A truly awesome plate (pudding’s not bad either)

My new favourite cookbook is New Feast by Greg and Lucy Malouf. Published last year, I found it in a stack of cookbooks at work and brought it home to read. That was about six weeks ago and [...]

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