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Restaurants, Restaurants in London

Back to Covent Garden for lunch at The Ivy Market Grill

I’ve grown to love Covent Garden more and more since setting up this blog. Started on a whim nine years ago, soon became a passion and a labour of love. I got very upset when some malicious online person deleted the original incarnation but in September 2012 started all over again. Since then I’ve […]

Travel, Travel in Europe

Travel: A post-lockdown staycation in Lyndhurst in The New Forest

So today I’m taking you on a staycation. We decided back in July that it would be good to get away for a few days and explore some more of England. My criteria: around two-hours drive, a picturesque country village, plenty of pubs and restaurants and interesting shops. Oh and a decent place to stay. […]


It’s hot, hot, hot with Tracklement’s new Blazing Hot Bundle

Today we’re adding a bit of spice to our lives with the new Tracklements Blazing Hot Bundle. I’ve had a burger craving for a while now. And you know what that’s like – it just doesn’t go away. Only one way to rectify the situation. A couple of burgers on the grill, fresh rolls and […]

Bars, Restaurants

Tasty pub lunch at The Wheatsheaf in leafy Surrey

So most pubs in England have been open for more than a month now. But I’m most definitely not taking them for granted. It’s a different experience with plenty sanitisers, one-way systems, more table service and a preference for outside seating (in my case anyway). Thankfully it’s summer so eating alfresco is a pleasure. I’m […]


Dishes with the finest carrot julienne: the Microplane Gourmet Series

Today I’m back in the kitchen trying out my fabulous new Microplane Gourmet Series Fine Julienne Slicer. With its ultra sharp, stainless steel blade you’re guaranteed matchstick slices of carrot, courgette, cucumber, pretty much any vegetable you would desire. It’s certainly perfect for preparing ultra-thin, delicate carrots. Today I made a tasty carrot sambol chosen […]


My travels through cooking: A Sri Lankan feast

Today I’m continuing on my virtual lockdown travels in my kitchen – cooking the delightful food of Sri Lanka. I’m trying out some dishes from Sri Lanka: The Cookbook by husband and wife team Prakash Sivanathum and Niranjala Ellawala. I visited Sri Lanka in 2016 and totally fell in love with the country. It’s a […]