Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Raspberry Vinegar Mojito

I was idly perusing the aisles at the BBC Good Food Show Spring when I spotted it. Amongst the usual hoards of olive oils, curry pastes, chilli jams and the occasional flavoured vodka (yawn), was the Drury and Alldis of Thornwood stand.

The first thing that caught my eye was the live bee hive on their stand. And then it was the beautiful bottles they use for their oils and vinegars. Finally, my eyes fell on the stunning rosé hue of the Sweet English Raspberry Vinegar. Really? It had to be given a go. The taste was every bit as good as the look; sour as a vinegar should be, yet complimented by a delightful sweet raspberry kick.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A History of Food in 100 Recipes

Today marks the release of the book of William Sitwell's A History of Food in 100 Recipes. It is a book that I have been eagerly anticipating for many months – since August 2011 to be precise – for several reasons.

“Coming from a family of writers,” said Sitwell at the launch of his book last night, “writing a book was something that I had always wanted to do.”

“My great great grandfather, Sir George Sitwell” – who wrote notable works such as The Introduction of The Peacock to Western Gardens, Sitwell joked – “wrote a book called The History of the Fork. When I discovered this I said 'how dare he tread on my territory!' But I have included a chapter on the history of the fork nonetheless.”

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

I've Given Up Being Healthy for Lent...

Don't become a slave to this innocent looking wheel...

Although Christian, I have never really given anything up for Lent. This is not because I am simply too weak-willed and indulgent to deny myself any kind of luxury for forty days, it is just that somehow I have never felt the need to.

Different people give up different things, whether that be chocolate, sweets, crisps, alcohol, and even television or Facebook – basically anything unhealthy and addictive. Some do it for the love of a challenge, some for a bit of fun and the shake-up of every day banality, whilst others do it for the gratification and sense of self-control that it effuses. But I've decided to give up something quite different, and for quite different reasons too. I have given up being healthy. Well, almost.