Three Salads For Autumn

On September 23, 2016 By

Yes, still talking about the supper club. Still living on past glories, as the year creeps towards its end and I get reflective on long, dark nights.

We served a mix of salads at the start of the supper club, because it’s very important that people eat their vegetables. […]

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Having decided to serve crab at our supper club, Naomi and I needed to pick side dishes. We were serving salads as our starter, so we didn’t need to pack in the veg (even when hosting a supper club, I am focussed on making sure people eat […]

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We did it: Naomi and I hosted a supper club for 30 people at 68 and Boston and everyone got fed. In fact, they got fed quite a lot. Four courses, starting with salad and ending with cheese, all loosely themed around the notion of English food.

I […]

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In a fit of enthusiasm, I bought too many courgettes. This can’t be a problem many people have. Enthusiasm is not something normally associated with courgettes. Resignation, maybe. Regret. A little light puzzlement. These are all classic reactions to courgettes. An entire fridge drawer filled with courgettes often elicits panic, dizziness […]

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“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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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.

We didn’t have enough cold drinks in our fridge in Continue Reading

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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