Food writer, home cook and cookbook connoisseur

 

 

Recent writing

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...

Cookbook review: Slow cooking with Rachel Roddy

What differentiates Rachel from other food writers is the clarity of her own voice and the voices of the Italian people from who she takes inspiration. Her recipes don’t always grab me immediately, but I am slowly pulled in by her evocative, seductive writing - perhaps by a story of the local trattoria, or a local market trader, or a home cook. A friend of mine asks her other half to read Rachel’s writing aloud, because of its mellifluous tone and ability to transport the reader...

 
 
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