Like the popular American self-help book advocates, “don’t sweat the small stuff”, removing the small stuff from the cooking experience can set you up for an easy and much more fun experience.
There is some very attractive about the word 'truffle'. It’s a versatile word, almost onomatopoeic. It can stand for either sweet or savoury, and it conjures up visions of indulgence and expense. The word has economy and decadence. I like that. Actually, I like truffles - both kinds.
Food enthusiasts seem to have an insatiable appetite for the bizarre and unusual, which is not only about the food, but also the venue and atmosphere. For some, the wackier the dining experience, the better. Enter the pop-up restaurant.
I have to admit I’m a bit of an eavesdropper. I try not to make a habit of it, but sometimes overhearing a conversation is unavoidable - and the outcome opportune.
It’s hard to get especially fond of fish. Aquarium fish, possibly, but your bog standard shoal of North Sea cod or lonesome fresh water trout do not make you feel quite the same way a herd of liquid-eyed Herefords or a couple of frolicking Gloucester Old Spots.
High days and feast days are times for family gatherings, rejoicing and, well, feasting. Most of the time we're able to carry off these celebratory occasions with reasonable damage limitation, but all bets are off when it comes to the run up to the secular holiday of December 25th.
When it comes to bacon butties, burger or fries, what's your preference? It's a universal topic, embraced by celebrities and most certainly our fellow countrymen.
Have your sources for restaurant recommendations gone a little stale? Get insider info on the best restaurants and hotels in Great Britain with a new web TV site guaranteed to stimulate the taste buds of even the most discriminating foodies.
Is it just me, or do most of us have the same concerns when it comes to being seated in a restaurant? If I’m stuck in a seat I don’t like, it takes a huge amount of mental gymnastics to override my irritation. Positioning is paramount.
I was in the loft the other day rooting around, as you do, getting side-tracked from the mission at hand, as you do, looking for the picnic hamper. After a few trips down memory lane, I finally located it wedged in a corner looking inviting - and full of last year’s debris.
The pie is back in fashion. Hearty food is retro chic, and pies are right on trend. Pies have gone gourmet and gastro, so forget fast food and hit the quality pie shops for a healthier option.