Food writer, home cook and cookbook connoisseur

 

 

Recent writing

[Recipes] "A comfort blanket in a bowl": three recipes for dal

Dal, in its various guises, really does have it all. It’s delicious and luxurious, yet also easy and cheap to make, nutritious and versatile. You can eat it as a soup with a hunk of bread, serve it as a side dish to a curry, or dress it up as the main event with extra toppings, condiments and rice or chapattis.  For me, dal in any form is pure comfort. It’s a bowl of deep flavours that I can wallow in, with a gentle, creamy texture that soothes and satisfies...

[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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