‘Mae’s Ancient Thai Food’ by Carole Mason and Ning Najpinij

The first thing I notice when I open Mae’s Ancient Thai Food is how vibrant it is. It’s exciting, brimming with colour, energy and undeniable joie de vivre. The book begins with a tribute to its inspiration, Gobgaew Najpinij, followed by a minutely detailed introduction to Thai herbs, spices and techniques, including a page devoted…

The process of cooking a lunch time feast, and what I did next…

Last week I cooked lunch for my office. For 10 people you might think… or even 40? No. I cooked lunch for 140 people.  I should probably begin by telling you about the office tradition. I work for an Architecture company where every week, one of the employees has to cook lunch for the entire office. It’s a…

Tom George, Mark Dobbie, Andy Oliver – Som Saa

It’s midday on a lovely sunny Sunday and I am sitting in a booth at a stylishly rustic wood table surrounded by a jungle’s worth of foliage. Sipping on a tiny ceramic cup of decidedly fancy tea, I could squint and pretend that I am holidaying at some luxurious Thai island resort. In reality, I…

Doug Grigg – Head Chef – Rumpus Cosy

I first came across Doug trawling through food blogs for some interesting recipes and dishes. His blog stood out to me because I found the presentation of his food so colourful, beautiful and well balanced. I can’t wait to try his focaccia recipe that he recently posted, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I…

‘Tiger Waffles’

Just lately I’ve been obsessed with these Dutch waffles. I buy them for a pound from ‘Tiger’ which is a cheapie pretty fun Dutch store full of things I rarely need and always want to buy. Two thin waffle circles joined together by a centre layer of caramel. They’re the perfect combination of chewy and…

Pâté Moi

I don’t tend to buy pâté’s very often, but I really love this one! I discovered it a few years ago while wandering around Borough Markets and have been buying it ever since. Sometimes i’m a really lazy cook, especially when i’m only cooking for myself, midweek, after a long day at work. This is one…

A visit to the Backyard Pub

It turns out that I have awesome friends that have awesome friends that think it’s a good idea to build a real genuine English style pub in their backyard (and they’re right! it is!!). Firstly, we travelled from central London out to Watford so I had the opportunity to say ‘where am I?’ with my…

A semi eggcellent story

This may seem weird for some people, but growing up, I never had to ‘manually’ boil an egg. We always had an egg cooker. You just filled it up to the line, flicked the switch, and bob’s you’re uncle! It was easy! It turned off when the time was right and there you had it,…