West country gin

The weather is normally a boon in the UK. It provides a useful conversational bridge between “hello” and “goodbye” and means we don’t have to turn up to parties drunk in order to come up with something interesting to say (although we do that any […]

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Are these brownies or teeny tiny T-bone steaks? It’s almost impossible to tell

When my friends have a birthday, two thoughts occur to me. The first is that I absolutely must remember not to drink too much wine at their party (ha!). The second is: what meat-shaped novelty cake shall […]

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Three little gins, waiting in a row

The year is young, my intentions are good and there is gin to be drunk. My first gin of 2014 is one I was sent by a PR last year and I meant to drink it before Christmas. But, due to all the […]

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Hello gin in my garden

It’s the festive party season. A time of sequins, paper hats and nibbly things on sticks. A time to gather your friends together to make merry in the lambent glow of the Christmas tree. A time to risk your soft palate by playing microwaved mince […]

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Look at the cute little pumpkin dribbling cream everywhere

Munchkin is a really satisfying word to say. The bite down of ‘munch’ followed by the chew of ‘kin’ makes enunciating it an almost physical pleasure. Try it, and if you don’t spend the next couple of minutes repeating munchkin over […]

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Look at the snazzy bottle

At the start of the year F and I made a pact to go to the cinema once a month on the grounds that this was the kind of new year’s resolution we could keep up. And we mostly have. We trot along to Continue Reading

Fluffy yellow beginnings

The life cycle of a goose, from cute walking yellow duster to serial killer-eyed beak snapper to pork-stuffed joint of juicy meat, is not one I’ve observed before. Until this year, geese barely featured in my life. As a meat, it’s the kind of thing that appears […]

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Little lemon, almond and polenta cakes

Urban Food Fortnight, that two week waltz through the community gardens of London is over and I am laid up in bed with the kind of cold that only hits when you stop working, have a sit down and let your immune […]

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Last week a PR sent me a bottle of Opihr Gin, a London Dry gin that’s made with botanicals from the spice route. It arrived in a hessian sack filled with a few of the 10 botanicals, which include cubeb berries, coriander, cardamom, juniper, orange and grapefruit zest and ginger. The serving suggestions for an Opihr and tonic is a double measure of gin, Fentimans Tonic Water (natch) and a slice of red chilli. It’s practically a meal.

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Hot avocado is a controversial topic. Considered a perversion by many, there are some who’d rather I came out as a spokeswoman for coprophiliacs’ rights than press hot avocado on the world.

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