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Feeling Sheepish - eating half a hogget

Finding “Muriel"; the glory of black mulberry "foraging"

Sunshine, wine, feeling fine. Lounging in Languedoc. again. and again.

Are you Puglia(ing) my leg ? Italy's best food region ?

Is Spain the new France ?


Obviously no, Spain is Spain and France is France. However in culinary terms Spain seems to be occupying the position [in my head anyway] that France monopolised for many years; the food can be fancy without the bill inducing a cardiac arrest,

Simple food vs Ho-hum Cheffery Part 2 - Gaya Rive Gauche, Paris



A couple of days after Pie Pint York Tap kicks the backside of Star in the City Nonsense and I’m in Paris for a trade fair being presented all sorts of weird and wonderful [con]fusion foods…

Simple food vs Ho-hum Cheffery Part 1 - Star Inn the City, York


Last night I was ravaging a second plate of lovely wife's Roast Chicken contemplating recent gastronautery and the conclusion was that my taste is becoming ever more reductive.

Gnudi Pics



For some reason I’ve always been a bit wary of ricotta and mascarpone possibly not understanding for a long time what they are meant for, sweet or savoury or both ? I now stay away from Mascarpone as its 80% fat and impossible to stop eating. Ricotta is only 13% fat and weirdly moreish; the sour tang, the grainy texture, the neutral flavour segueing to a lactic finish.

Caribbean Olives


The media frenzy over the 'bajan' heatwave we are enjoying reminded me of a voyage I was fortunate to take some years ago on a MyTravel cruiseliner around the Caribbean [cue wobbly lines and flashback sound effect]

We meat again (or great steaks I have known and loved) - ‘onglet pour les Anglais’


Another year
, another 10 days of pleasant brain pickling in Southern France. Almost Groundhog day for alcofrolics I land and immediately fall into the rhythm;  bread wine cheese wine olives wine meat wine.  Rinse (brain) repeat.

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