February 20

MAKING THE MOST OF A MEAL DEAL…

One of the irritations of singledom  I have touched on in previous posts, is the exclusion from the benefits of supermarket offers. Meal Deals are usually aimed at couples without imagination or families in a panic. But I am neither of those things yet I’ve taken to buying them anyway with the express aim of […]

Valentine’s eve…

In all the 14th of Februaries that passed during our relationship, I’m not sure if my beloved and I ever spent one together. We were often separated by work or geography but I can’t say it ever bothered me. Like most of the people I hope are reading this, I have a healthy disdain for […]

January 26

GOODE & WRIGHT REVIEW/ LO CAL SALMON

I’m doing this stupid Fast Diet. It’s only stupid on actual fasting days. The rest of the time I’m borderline evangelical about it. For those of you who are ‘naturally thin’ (yeah, right) or have been under a weight-loss rock, the eating plan involves eating exactly what you like for 5 days a week and […]

Lemons…the alternative TV seasoning

Last Thursday I ate at one of my favourite restaurants – Racine. The kitchen is led by the gifted chef Henry Harris who I first met maybe 20 years ago when he was a judge on MasterChef. His menu is a monument to the finest French bourgeois cooking you’ll find anywhere – even in France. […]

November 29

ELECTRIC…OH HOW I’VE MISSED YOU…

My accountant wondered if the enormous figure next to the line in my spreadsheet marked ‘Electric’ indicated that I may have been making ends meet by growing marijuana. He knew the size of my house and it was the only reason my energy bills could be so high. That was until he looked at the […]

September 22

GARNIER, EARLS COURT

It may have been the morning spent with the epitome of French pastry-perfection, or just geography but today I had a yearning pour manger la cuisine bourgeoise. The Gallic baker of whom I speak is Richard Bertinet. Safe to say I’m a fan. His books are beautiful, his knowledge unparalleled and his conversation always warm […]

August 01

SALADE NICOISE-ISH

What?…Please…the Olympics are on! Don’t bother me. In fact, who on earth has time to cook when this festival of sport is filling our screen and hearts with such unknown passion? In fact, forget preparing meals, I barely have time to eat! And I have to say if you’d told me I’d feel like this […]

July 29

LITTLE HOUSE REVIEW & CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT

If you happened to be in Mayfair on Friday I wonder if you saw a commis chef clutching his CV and nursing a black eye amidst the jolly swarms of Olympians. If you did, it may well have been my fault. In my never ending search for the perfect working environment, I went to Little […]

A SUNNY DAY SOUP

I had a bloomin’ good smoothie today. At Raoul’s on Talbot Road which is my surrogate office now that The Electric is closed. It was really fruity and thick and generous. I’ll be having one every day from here on out. Unusually for places round here, it doesn’t have WiFi which does mean that it looks […]

July 22

SOYA GLAZED SALMON & ASPARAGUS/ODEON LOUNGE

Drag and drop. Drag and drop. Try again. Drag and drop. I was trying to move my little blob head and square body onto a seat in the online booking system for The Odeon Lounge. And then I realised; I couldn’t release my little avatar because my little avatar was a solo avatar. Poor thing. She […]