Food writer, home cook and cookbook connoisseur



Recent writing

Recipe: Mince Pie Porridge, a winter breakfast

This recipe brings together two of my favourite warming winter foods: porridge and mince pies. The combination came about quite by accident when, whilst making breakfast one morning, my eyes fell upon a leftover half-jar of mincemeat in the fridge. I've added a little extra fruit to freshen it up, but it definitely still has all the joy of eating pudding for breakfast. (Last year, I even swapped the almonds for some mince pie pastry that was going spare!)

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 it 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...

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