I drove to Norfolk last week to find a reclaimed window and stopped in at my friend Claire Halsey’s beautiful home in Suffolk. It’s an 18th century farmhouse and she has the most exquisite taste. Everything is white, cream, apricot, rustic. She’s a potter, a painter, an upholsterer, a recycler of furniture. The furniture is all chippy paint and pale wood. There are vintage linen and lace curtains, and all of her chairs have loose linen covers that she’s made. It’s beautiful. Every corner is a delight.
Jewish Italian food; artichoke season
March 11, 2023 Leave a Comment
Roman-Jewish food is having a moment, two thousand years after Europe's oldest Jewish community settled in that city. Recently two books have been published celebrating Jewish-Italian food: ...
Tinned fish recipes
February 11, 2023 Leave a Comment
Tinned fish is a pantry must – especially when you've got the builders in. My entire flat is covered in a thick layer of dust. Before creating these recipes I spent five hours cleaning my kitchen, up ...
Fake meat taste test for Veganuary
January 8, 2023 4 Comments
In my 2014 cookbook V is for Vegan I made a point of not using any imitation meat products in my recipes. At the time of publication, there were two main meat substitutes: Quorn, made from mushrooms; ...
A round-up of my favourite travel destinations of 2022
January 1, 2023 Leave a Comment
Here are my favourite travel destinations that I visited this year. I spent a lot of time in Italy with three separate visits. The big surprise was Venice which I'd only visited once before for a day ...
I love Outlander so much I spent a week making an 18th-century stay
February 8, 2023 Leave a Comment
Genre-crossing historical drama Outlander is coming to an end. Although the tenth and likely final book is still being written by author Diana Gabaldon, it has been announced that the TV rendition ...
Discovering fairytale Saxony in Germany
January 25, 2023 Leave a Comment
I was reminded of children's literature when visiting the Saxe-Anhalt region in East Germany, the former GDR. Hearing fables of witches' dancing places, visiting the Timber-Frame Road, and exploring ...
An Austrian Christmas
December 21, 2022 Leave a Comment
Austria knows how to do Christmas. In winter the whole country looks like a snowy Christmas card with wooden chalets, sleighs and bells. On a recent visit I met the Von Trapp family, of Sound of ...
Christmas in Naples
December 18, 2022 1 Comment
Naples is a great city to celebrate Christmas. There is the street San Gregorio di Armenia, which sells nativity scenes or 'presepes' . These miniature but extensive village scenes, with stables and ...