Category: Summer

  • How to make a great salad

    How to make a great salad

    Every year we yearn for summer’s arrival. In mid-winter’s clutches we shiver like huddled penguins and strain to remember those warmer times. Winters last eternity, much like a never-ending winter in Game of Thrones. Slowly but surely our wishes have been granted and at last, it’s summer! And with it came the sweat. Was everyone…

  • Rome: A Foodie’s Guide

    Rome: A Foodie’s Guide

    It was the holiday of dusty feet, freckled skin and greasy fingers licked clean. Relentlessly we marched to and fro across the city, admiring views, monuments and ancient ruins, but, truth be told, we were led by our stomachs (or partially by my delicate, paper-white skin thus shelter was regularly required… usually with a beer…

  • Eat the Seasons: Summer

    Eat the Seasons: Summer

    Summers are so fickle. You can never presume you know summer as it will immediately change its mind, much like a moody rebellious teenager. May in Manchester was glorious: forget-me-not blue skies, sweltering sun and now some rather stripy tan (ahem burn) marks as a result. Beer gardens were bursting at the seams, patches of…

  • The life of a private chef

    The life of a private chef

    There is no direct career path for food lovers. My career has taken me on many surprise twists and turns, each offering me new skills and learning opportunities. There is always something new to master whether it’s an interesting flavour combination or a trick for chopping herbs. This month I have learnt many things as…

  • Chocolate Rocky Road & Salted Caramel Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

    Chocolate Rocky Road & Salted Caramel Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

    It was Calum’s birthday (or as he liked to remind me, his ‘special day’). Presents, cards, birthday activities were incidental; my focus was, of course, his cake. Last year I made a large Victoria sponge with white fondant icing, bursting with jam and cream, and neatly decorated with Smarties. We polished off a couple of…

  • Eton mess ice cream sundae

    Eton mess ice cream sundae

    After a sad and surreal week, returning to the nest is always the ticket. A mother’s love always makes things better, along with a shared punnet of juicy strawberries and her saying I ‘deserved a night off’ and could go and relax instead of helping her clear up after dinner. She knows the way to my…

  • Guacamole

    Guacamole

    My dad works away from home, spending most of his week near Birmingham. Every Thursday he drives back to be the out-numbered male in a house of three women and spends the weekend cooking up a storm. He is a very good cook – throughout our family life he has taken the reins of providing…