IN PRAISE OF MOTHER INDIA

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  I thought it was high time that I wrote a little piece about India on my blog; a country where I was born and has enriched my life in a way that I never imagined possible. Having grown up with parents who had an enormous appetite for good food and our family dining table we always attractively laid out with colourful food ranging from the simplest to the most luxurious.  However, what I didn’t know until later was just … Read More

BEAUTIFUL IBIZA AND MY MOST ENJOYABLE COOKING EXPERIENCE

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My four wonderful days in Ibiza I was able to experience the amazing food, wine, fresh produce, seafood and most importantly, lovely islanders because of two important friends, Piotr Sadowski and Glen Dixon.  They were very kind, hospitable and generous.  They collected me from the airport and drove to their beautiful villa in  to the village of Santa Gertrudis.  After a wash and change we drove to San Lorenzo where another dear friend Heike Fischer, had reserved a table for … Read More

The Piper, Peascod Street, Windsor

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  I walked into this new establishment, The Piper on a sunny Monday lunchtime in my home town Windsor .  I had been curious as the previous business, known as the Junction, had sold and the place was vacant for months. The interior had been very tastefully refurbished and the bar was impressive. Beautiful artwork adorned the walls and there were interesting books for sale, the proceeds of which went to charity.   I was with a friend and, as it … Read More

ATLANTIC CANADA SEAFOOD SHOWCASE AT BILLINGSGATE SEAFOOD SCHOOL

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Atlantic Canada Seafood Showcase I was fortunate to have been invited to the famous Billingsgate Seafood School who were hosting The Atlantic Canada Seafood Showcase on 30th April 2018.  It was one of the most interesting and fascinating workshops I attended in a long time.  As a seafood lover I was all enthused and not disappointed for one minute throughout the day.  It was informative, educating and extremely interesting and fun with a huge variety of wonderful seafood, their exact … Read More

Spicy cooking made quick and easy by T & G Woodware, Bristol

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T & G Woodware have been providing high quality kitchen equipment and gadgets since 1975.  Now their Spice Grind mills have been given a more modern look.  Not only are they colourful, but they also grind whole spices quickly and efficiently just like you would grind whole peppers through your pepper mill!  Indian spices give you the best flavours when ground freshly just before cooking and this can be a chore.  Grinding spices is now at your fingertips!  You will … Read More

INDIA TOUR 2017

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I arrived in New Delhi, the capital city of India on July 18th to a 33 degrees heat and bright sunshine.  After a few hours rest in an air-conditioned room I took my next flight to Guwahati Assam, another city of sizzling heat!  However, once you are indoor you do not feel the heat as 90% of the homes, restaurants and shops are air-conditioned. So far I have had wonderful foodie experiences about which I will report in a few … Read More

ROYAL WINDSOR ROSE AND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

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Tomorrow,15th July 2017, the 112th Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society’s annual summer show will kick off on the grounds of Windsor Castle.  A worthy charity, of which Her Majesty, the Queen is the patron,  attracts hundreds of visitors visitors every year.  There is fun for all age groups; cookery demonstrations, cake making competitions,  chutney, jam and jelly competitions and more.  Plenty of food and drink to enjoy!   I always judge the home-made chutneys, jams and jellies which is … Read More

Research trip to India

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I am looking forward to my research trip to India next week.  I will be looking for new ideas on street food as I am planning to open a street food cafe very soon.  I will be visiting Delhi in the north, Calcutta in the east and Assam,  in the north east of India.  The rich resources of Assam and its unusual, healthy recipes have not been explored and I wish to bring this rich state to the forefront. Delhi … Read More

Guild of Food Writers Annual Awards Ceremony 2017

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The 2017 GFW awards ceremony is one of the best I have attended in recent years.  Wonderful  venue (The Oval), free flowing cocktails, wines and soft drinks,  and very generous and varied number of canapes. Wines from Lebanon was quite an eye opener.  Domaine des Tourelles is apparently one of the finest boutique wineries in the Middle East.  It was founded by Frenchman Francois-Eugene Brun and wines from this region is today exported to 15 countries  around the world. The … Read More

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