A la fougasse

A la fougasse

Having read TheLittleLoaf‘s blog about their fougasse the other night and having made some last year on my bread course (and never having made any since), I thought it was about time to dust off the oven gloves and make my own. The word fougasse is French for foccacia which is Italian for a really easy, … Continue reading

Home, sweet home

Home, sweet home

People are forever moving home – coming and going, going and coming – but how do you keep on top of the housewarmings, both parties and presents? Well, the parties are relatively easy – turn up, bring booze and chat away. But it can be tricky buying presents for people to help them feather their … Continue reading

Season’s eatings

Season’s eatings

Sometimes there’s nothing more virtuous than having some lovely, fresh and, more importantly, seasonal food on your plate. It makes you very smug and self-satisfied, but not unfairly I don’t think. It’s good to eat relatively locally produced meals as much as possible as we’re all growing ever more conscious of both our own health … Continue reading

On Harvest

On Harvest

It’s not every day that a food / music festival comes your way, especially once you’ve moved to the windier side of London. So, when we heard about Alex James off of The Blur presenting Harvest festival on his Oxfordshire pile, we ummed and aahed about the £45 it would require to get into said … Continue reading

All the King’s horses

So it’s Autumn … official. Fresh off the back of the first hurricane of the season (I say that like in two months’ time we won’t be able to move for hurricanes … it’s simply not true) the weather is feeling colder, windier, bitier. Add to that a long meeting at work, a frenetic Aerotone … Continue reading

Cornwall calling

Cornwall calling

So, one of my many excuses for not having blogged recently would be that I’ve managed to avoid the kitchen for a whole week … almost. Yes, I kinda missed it, but God, it was nice to eat out for a whole five days in a row! Every year for the past four years, TOH … Continue reading

The king of fruits

This is a bit late in being written, but finding myself home a bit earlier than expected from a lovely dinner out in Oxford, I thought I’d take the opportunity to catch up with myself. A few weeks ago, I went down to Kent to visit my parents for the weekend. It was a beautiful … Continue reading

An excuse to cook big!

One of the joys of having guests is being able to cook big amounts of big food. It’s the culinary equivalent of flexing your muscles and, let’s face it, showing off just a little bit. Then there’s the flip side, where you spend ages wondering exactly what to cook, and how long it’ll take and … Continue reading

Always have a back up tortilla …

Much as I love cooking, and believe me, I do, when I plan my food shop, I know I have to buy one or two meals which do not require extensive preparation and creation, for those evenings when I just can’t be bothered. There are a couple of staples I always seem to fall back … Continue reading

Divide and conquer

Soup is one of those things that divides nations. Well, alright, maybe not nations, but certainly folk. Should soup be eaten past March in the UK? Some people say no, it’s summer after all, and we don’t want warm, comforting stodge on a nice breezy evening in the sunshine. Then, of course, when is it … Continue reading