London Coffee Festival and the Sage Appliances Precision Brewer

If you know anything about me from reading my blog over the years you will know that every year we visit the London Coffee Festival.  It is a great showcase of all things coffee, and increasingly tea and other drinks.  Hello Baileys. Held at the Old Truman Brewery it is in an area of London that is rapidly becoming one of my favourite parts of the city, just off Brick

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Is the Wetherspoons App the greatest marketing gimmick ever?

You might not have heard of the Wetherspoons App so let me bring you up to speed and then explain why I think it might be the greatest marketing gimmick ever. Lots of pubs and restaurants have apps these days, a great way to build loyalty as customers can be rewarded with points for visits, updated on latest deals, or see menu changes all at the tap of a few

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Cooking with Comte

  Three years ago I was lucky enough to be taken to the Jura region of France to see where Comte cheese is made, and to meet some of the producers.   It’s a trip I remember well because the food and wine were incredible, and the scenery was stunning.    Fast forward three years and I was invited to another event by Comte to learn how to cook a few

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Lunch at Berry Bros and Rudd

Question.  When is a shop, not a shop? Odd question I grant you when this post is about lunch in a wine shop, but it is something I pondered over a glass of very nice Champagne a couple of weeks ago as we got ready for a five course “Mother’s Day Lunch” at Berry Bros and Rudd in St James.    We had been escorted down several flights of stairs

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75 Reasons to love Thermomix, part 13: Cooking stuff you’d never dream of doing usually

  Two things happened this week, well two things that weren’t snow related.   The first was I did some much overdue blog maintenance and finally created a Thermomix category to share my posts on this kitchen gadget.   And I re-jigged some existing posts about it, naming the series “75 Reasons to love Thermomix”.  I have no idea it will become 75 reasons, I mean I know there ARE seventy five

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Have you heard about The Black Farmer?

Once upon time, a long long time ago, in ancient times in fact (okay it was 1983) I decided i was going to become a vegetarian.  I am sure my mum did that eye rolling thing that all parents do when their delightful offspring announce something that means they have to start cooking two different dinners every night. It was back before Linda McCartney had come up with her incredible

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Dinner parties with La Belle Assiette

I am not a great cook.  But then nor do I pretend to be, you won’t find me bragging about something I have just created whilst all my guests look at me with a face that says “is she looking at a different plate of food?”.    I have various gadgets that help me create edible food but if you come to our house for dinner you are coming to

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So the Roux brothers have banned photographing their food

  <massive eye roll> I mean, seriously boys? For those that don’t know there was an article in The Evening Standard this week that quotes Michel Roux I’m really getting so upset about people taking pictures. We put up a card at the door saying ‘No photos, please’. I mean, what are they doing? Maybe once during the meal you want to take a little photo of something because it’s

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75 Reasons to love Thermomix, Part 3: Saturday baking

I tried a bit of an experiment this weekend, Saturday baking- we were taking pud to a friends’ house and I decided to bake a cake to take round, rather than buying something.   Which is brave as my kitchen disasters are pretty regular and by doing this I was leaving myself no time to then go out and buy a replacement. I also thought I thought I’d get the recipe

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Toasted Marshmallow Day

Toasted Marshmallow day is Wednesday 30th August.  You would be forgiven for not knowing this of course since it is one of those “National Days” made up by an organisation with a vested interest:  in this case The National Confectioners Association.  Whoever they are. It used to be that toasting marshmallows was the preserve of cubs and brownies, Americans, or people who really knew how to do a festival properly.

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75 Reasons to love Thermomix, Part 2: Cookidoo

  In my continuing posts about my  love of the Thermomix (or as I call it “75 Reasons to love Thermomix) this time I turn to the Cookidoo recipe platform, and why it gives you a luxury that money cannot buy:  time. I have been thinking about this a lot recently.   It doesn’t matter how much money you have, you can’t buy time.    It’s a fixed commodity and

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