Pancake Tuesday

Are you having pancakes for breakfast tomorrow morning? Buttermilk pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup and topped with a knob of butter are my favourite, but I also enjoy many other types of pancakes including French crepes, English pikelets and Bill Granger’s ricotta pancakes, topped with honeycomb, for Sunday brunch. Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday), the … Continue reading

A Drizzly Topsy Turvy New Year in London

The days are short and dark in London at this time of the year. Not cold, but wet. Very wet. And bleak, except for the occasional ray of sunshine. Apparently it’s the warmest, wettest winter since records started in 1910 (an average 4 degrees higher than usual) with many calling it “the new normal.” In … Continue reading

Christmas with Baz and Trish

During the weeks leading up to Christmas in London, I was overwhelmed by the number of English celebrity chefs and cooks giving advice in the newspapers about how to prepare this year’s festive meal. The Times featured Mary Berry’s easy turkey with five ingredients, Bill Granger’s boned, rolled turkey breast and a whole turkey smothered in black truffle butter … Continue reading

Under The Giglio Sun

“Ciao!” came a voice from down the hill. A portly man in a bright red shirt with a shock of white hair emerged from behind a lemon tree. He made his way slowly through the vines towards a rustic hut (or ‘capanno’), followed by two dogs, both wagging their tails. “Ciao Francesco!” our guide called … Continue reading