Backlit barman descends from on high with gin. Good

When I started this blog in 2009 I thought I’d have reviewed all the gins within a year and could then move on to the important job of reviewing crumpets. Lovely, buttery crumpets. But 7 years have passed and I am [...]

Continue Reading

It’s chips Jim, but not as we know it

Celeriac chips are just like normal chips except they are made from celeriac, which means they taste a bit like celery. And if there is one thing I’ve always thought about chips it’s that they don’t taste like celery enough.

Celeriac [...]

Continue Reading

Gin on tap. Let’s just stop there and appreciate that

“What are you up in Edinburgh for?” asked the receptionists at the G&V Hotel as we waited for the printer to spool off my booking.

“I’m here to drink gin.”

He lit up. “You have to go to [...]

Continue Reading

Is there anything kale can’t improve?

It’s the sixth day of Christmas and all across the country millions of people are standing in front of their fridge and asking themselves the same question: “How long can we keep eating this food before we poison ourselves?”

Because there is nothing more [...]

Continue Reading

What’s in the box? See what you’ve got

If you read my previous post about how making people presents is a grave error and to be avoided at all costs, then you may now be in a quandary. Or maybe not. It depends on how seriously you take my pronouncements [...]

Continue Reading

Whisky & Cream Fudge

On December 7, 2014 By

Whisky and cream, a traditional Christmas pairing ever since Baileys was bottled There are 17 days till Christmas. 17 days! If you haven’t already decided what you’re buying your loved ones, then perhaps you’re reading the Sunday papers, looking at the glossy magazine features on handmade gifts and thinking to [...]

Continue Reading

  Once again to the gin

Once again the Gin Fairy has paid me a visit, dragging a bottle of Half Hitch Gin across London so I can lay on my sofa and drink G&Ts while watching old reruns of Columbo. Sometimes I wonder if the young, [...]

Continue Reading

One for me, one for you… Wait. Two for me. You can go and make your own

Is it too late to talk about summer? We have blue skies still, and on the days when I put on a jumper I end up smelling like a teenager’s trainer because it’s [...]

Continue Reading

Just a little bite to make sure it’s OK. I promise not to eat it all (I ate it all).

Are you watching the Great British Bake Off? Of course you are. Nigh on 8 million people are sat on their sofas every Wednesday, goggling at a tabernacle [...]

Continue Reading

Greek frappé nes

On August 12, 2014 By

Strike up the bouzouki and start throwing plates. It’s Greek drinks o’clock

Two weeks holidaying with my parents has re-introduced me to the delights of instant coffee. That’s right, I said the delights of instant coffee. And that I holidayed with my parents for two weeks. They live by the [...]

Continue Reading