Roasted rhubarb & ginger compote

Spring means longer days, waking up in sunlight and time for wine after work, the end of scratchy scarves and the immanent arrival of summer. Spring feels good and to top it off it’s an epic time for fruit and veg. Asparagus, purple-sprouting broccoli, radishes and pink spears of radiant…

View from the SkyGarden

The SkyGarden sits on the 35th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street, otherwise known as ‘the walkie talkie’ building. All glass and steel and greenery it’s the perfect place for checking out London and miles beyond from above. Tickets are free, you just need to book in advance via the…

Sourdough bruschetta

It’s hot! And sunny! A summery snack to celebrate… sourdough toasts topped with tomatoes, cheese and pesto. So simple it doesn’t really need a recipe but here goes it anyway.. Sourdough bruschetta Serves 4 as a starter or snack X4 slices of sourdough or good quality crusty bread 125g…

The Groundnut

  I am from the South East of London and apart from short stints elsewhere have remained, and always returned to a home south of the river. When I find myself having to defend the often overlooked south against the polished west, slick north and achingly trendy east I…

Frenchie To Go

In 2009 Gregory Marchand opened a small bistro in a fairly nondescript alleyway in Paris. With just 2 seasonal and experimental starters and mains the small restaurant with an even smaller menu grew into one of the most sought after foodie seats in France. Frenchie feeds just 52 lucky diners an evening with just…

A weekend in Paris

The first few months of a new year are usually slow, uneventful, nondescript ones. Days start in darkness, end with the same and the momentum and excitement built up over the Christmas period has slowed back down to a plod. For of these reasons, and because Paris is always a…

Corral Del Ray Seville

Seville…Southern Spain’s piping-hot city. Often quite literally. Endless tapas restaurants and wine bars, epic architecture both old and new, shopping, great sights and sunshine. We arrived in Seville by bus from Faro which took a few hours and was a pretty simple, stress-free trip across the Portuguese – Spanish…

Portugal travel guide

Our 12 night journey through Portugual began in Lisbon and ended on a bus crossing the border into Spain where the travels continued. Here is a round up of the best places we slept, ate & saw, as well as the places we didn’t have the pleasure of visiting but were…