Food writer, home cook and cookbook connoisseur

 

 

Recent writing

Cookbooks: A season with The Modern Cook's Year

Just as autumn arrived this year, so too did my copy of Anna Jones’ third cookbook:The Modern Cook’s Year. The book has quickly become a staple in our kitchen and, as autumn has fallen slowly into winter, so I have fallen for many of the recipes within. If Ottolenghi introduced me to how delicious vegetarian food can be, it was Anna Jones who made vegetarian food accessible. For me, she moved vegetables firmly from the side dish to the centre of the table...

Travel: Two weeks in Peru - where to visit, sleep & eat

Peru is an angular, muscular country, clad in the green of cloud forest, the brown of deserts and the blue of lakes. It’s a place of natural extremes - the Andes are more sheer than any European mountain range, the lakes are as vast as seas. We had less than two weeks, so we were restricted to the most urgent items on our bucket list: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and Lima’s food scene. Here, you can find my favourite places to visit, eat and sleep...

Recipe: Gin and Grapefruit Drizzle Cake

 Like the best drizzle cakes, it has a thick sugar crust. I think that the first crunch of sugar, followed by the bright citrus and the mellow hit of booze, could cheer even the darkest winter day. The flavour is gentle and, despite the sugar coat, not too sweet, so it can be eaten as happily at 11am with a cup of coffee, as it can at 5pm with a cup of tea. With a spoonful of fruit compote and another of creme fraiche, it also makes a simple dessert - perhaps enjoyed with a G&T...

 
 
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