…Keep reading to win some gin… Family time I don’t think I’m alone in feeling a rush of relief when the kids returned to school after the Easter break. We had a fabulous holiday in Turkey – more on that later – but I hadn’t … [read more]
There is one subject we argue about more than any other in our house: Technology. Now C is at secondary school, he has his own phone. We reasoned that he needs it to keep in touch with us when he’s out with friends. We didn’t … [read more]
What would you do if you won big on the lottery? I’ve given this a lot of thought over the years, hoping the law of attraction would work its magic. I’m still waiting, but my plans are in place and I’m ready. They fall into … [read more]
I’ve never been a fan of edible art. Experimenting with new tastes is one of life’s great pleasures, but my personal belief is that food is for eating, not decorating. Also, Mum always told me not to play with my food. I know the argument put … [read more]
One of the overwhelming memories of my childhood is sitting on the stairs while my parents entertained their friends over dinner. They had, and still have a large group of very close and brilliant friends, who have all been buddies for decades. Mum and Dad … [read more]
As the evenings draw in, I’m seeking out the kind of ‘hygge‘ food you can serve in a bowl and eat with a spoon: stews, soups and casseroles. The kind of food that makes you sink a little deeper into your chair and warms you … [read more]
I’m no expert At least once a week, one of my kids asks me one of the several flavours of the ‘what is your favourite’ question. ‘What’s your favourite film of all time?’; ‘What’s your favourite meal ever?’; or ‘What’s your favourite song?’.* The more … [read more]
Recently I was invited to an event called Bubbles & Brunch, hosted by JML – the people who make those weird and wonderful gadgets you hadn’t realised you needed so much. Phil Vickery, Michelin award winning chef and multiple recipe book author (known for his … [read more]
I recently experienced fine dining at Paris House, a restaurant in Woburn Park which Michelin needs to sort out with a star or two. We had an eight course taster menu with a flight of wines. It was a feast for the tastebuds and the … [read more]
I am famously grumpy in the mornings. No one would describe me as a morning person. I doubt anyone would call me an evening person either. I peak between 11am and midday, after my morning dog walk and before I get really desperate for lunch. I admit … [read more]
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