Masala Eggy Bread

Eggy bread, or French Toast, is a comfort food par excellence! There’s a reason why pretty much every food culture has a version of this satisfying breakfast/brunch dish. My taste memory includes three types of eggy bread – sweet, savoury and spicy – and we knew it as French Toast (if sweet), Eggy Bread (if […]

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Everyday and ordinary

We’re encouraged to think of the everyday and ordinary as somehow sub standard, or unremarkable. That perception is very wrong. Context is everything, like so much in life. 2020 has certainly been a strange year, and for obvious reasons. And now, the weather is also about to turn. Don’t be surprised that you feel a […]

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Athena Kugblenu

Athena Kugblenu. Where do I start? Comedian, yes. Writer, yes. Broadcaster for BBC Radio 4s Loose Ends, yes. But Athena is also a friend, and a wonderful soul. During lockdown Athena adapated her plantain lunch idea to take in conversations which became podcasts – instead of cooking and chatting together, we just chatted across the […]

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What’s in a recipe?

Ingredients, perhaps a dash of technique too, possibly even a sprinkle of inspiration or artistry? Yes, it’s all these and more. Each of the constituents tells a story, and it’s all the stories which together ‘make’ the recipe, adding flavour and richness to what you experience when you taste it. I cook when I’m stressed […]

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FRIEZE London

Frieze usually makes my blood run cold. Over-privileged liggers braying loudly at gallery openings; hideous fashion faux pas masquerading as an acceptable ‘artiness’ … Meanwhile the  actual art tends to be forgotten.

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Loire Chateaux

The chateaux of France’s Loire region are legendary. The images below were taken on a recent trip there where I explored the architecture, food and culture of the region.

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