Food at 52, kitchen confidence part three, cookery school, London

As I rang the bell, it was hard to believe this was my last class at Food at 52. As each week passed,our little gang became less like strangers and more like friends and this week we all managed to be together to cook our last supper. Our final menu looked like this. Double baked goats cheese soufflé Spatchcock chicken with clementine and honey glaze … Continue reading Food at 52, kitchen confidence part three, cookery school, London

Greyhound cafe, restaurant review, London

Thailand is one of my happiest places, I spent a long time there back in the early naughties, during my travels in South East Asia. It became my home base, Bangkok in particular. It was where I would find myself once again in the New Siam Guest house drinking Chang (brewed so inconsistently it had no alcohol % listed) and watching the same back packing movies … Continue reading Greyhound cafe, restaurant review, London

Food at 52, kitchen confidence part two, cookery school, London

After the success of last week, I was eagerly anticipating week two of cookery school, especially as G, one of my team, had raved about the pasta masterclass he and his wife joined on Sunday, and this week we were making pasta.  This week I worked with H and D who are doing all three classes and R who enjoyed it so much last week , … Continue reading Food at 52, kitchen confidence part two, cookery school, London

Food at 52, kitchen confidence part one,cookery school, London

Last year, when I officially became a grown up, (although there is some debate surrounding this) some of my favs bought me a voucher for Food at 52 cookery school. After a long afternoon browsing the huge range of courses, from basic skills to fish cookery, pasta making, Indian regional food tapas and much more, I decided to go for all three of the kitchen … Continue reading Food at 52, kitchen confidence part one,cookery school, London

Foliage, A joy to behold, restaurant review, Franschoek

Back in November, when we booked our flights to Cape Town, my first task was to book some amazing places to eat.  Top of my list was Test Kitchen, No.50 on the World’s Best List but that was not to be.  After spending time in Cape Town, Fi and I headed to Franschoekk, one of South Africa’s wine regions. As much as I love wine, I was mostly excited about eating and there are some incredible choices … Continue reading Foliage, A joy to behold, restaurant review, Franschoek

Sapling, new growth shows real promise, restaurant review, London

Sadly closed in January 2019 If you were simply to read about the ethos behind Sapling, without meeting owner Bob Ritchie, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s some hipster bullshit, even more so when you discover he left a successful career in hedge funds to open Sapling, a project two years in the making. So, allow me to assure you, it’s not. Ritchie grew up on a farm … Continue reading Sapling, new growth shows real promise, restaurant review, London

Brat, those smoked potatoes , restaurant review, London

If you are someone who enjoys suspense, let me tell you right now,this is not the review for you. It would be impossible for me not to tell you immediately that I adore Brat. I love the space, I love the service, the wine and, of course, the food, and those potatoes, but more of those later. Just a week or so ago, Brat was the proud recipient of a coveted Michelin star, so … Continue reading Brat, those smoked potatoes , restaurant review, London