Semplice! Italian food.

Last week I spent 3 days in Italy. The Cinque Terre and a flying visit to Portofino and Santa Margherita. What a beautiful part of the world. We were lucky with the weather and crammed in a lot of sight seeing and a lot of eating in the short time we were there...

One Night in Ipoh

Traveling long distances in the UK requires careful consideration of food stops. If you find yourself without food, and in desperate need of some but haven't done your research, I'm afraid you'll probably be subject to one of our service stations. Pray it's one of the new ones because if it isn't. God help you. Maybe I'm being a bit too dramatic but my last experience of a service station on the A1 was not a good one...

Chai Chai Chai

I'm sure you have recently read in the news the 'shocking' discovery that hot drinks from coffee chains like Starbucks contain a ridiculous amount of sugar. Especially the flavoured ones, which can have up to 25 teaspoons in one drink. That is a lot. Have you tasted one though? Surely you only have to taste them to realise that these drinks are a treat to have once in a while and not to be consumed every day or even more than once a week. Anyway, the report by Action on Sugar is calling for these coffee chains to reduce the amount of added sugar in their drinks. Starbucks has now planned to cut added sugar by 25 percent by 2020...

Middle East in Melbourne

Summer 2014, in the middle of an 18 month trip around Asia, Australia and New Zealand, I worked in a little cafe in one of the suburbs of Melbourne. The cafe was in a Jewish area and was owned and run by an Israeli family. I was lucky enough to get the chance to work in the kitchen alongside a great chef and teacher who taught me loads about cooking and Middle Eastern food...