Archive For September 2011

Fishy Fishy Cookbook

Fishy Fishy Cookbook

I am surprised that there are not more fish cookbooks. We live on an island and the wet stuff around the edges is sea. It’s home to a wealth of good things to eat, that seem far more appreciated by those from other European countries than by us Brits. Fishy Fishy Cookbook is the latest…

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Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies

Creamy, dreamy delights Food, like clothes, has fashions and trends. We have had cupcakes and macaroons and now it’s the era of the Whoopie Pie! The name is amusing and nobody is sure where exactly that name originates, although it’s said to mimic the exclamation of joy as lunch boxes containing the aforementioned cakes were…

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500 Vegan Dishes

500 Vegan Dishes

As regular readers will know, I am a great fan of this series of books from Apple Press. Always attractive and practical, these small and chunky volumes offer recipes on a single topic… 500 times! Now, I must confess my carnivore leanings right away. I have no vegan missionary zeal and I probably would never…

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The Gay Hussar review

The Gay Hussar review

I love reviewing restaurants. Most people would say I have the best job in the world and I would agree. I eat all over London and, increasingly, around the rest of the world, and it’s a privilege. A good choice of words, as The Gay Hussar is one of the few restaurants for which I…

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One More Slice

One More Slice

I confess that I had not heard of author of One More Slice, Leila Lindholm. She is a celebrated TV chef and author …but in Sweden. Good to see that a few publishers are looking further afield for good cookbooks. A different slant is refreshing and now all we have to do is persuade Food…

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Hummus Bros – Fun family fare

Hummus Bros – Fun family fare

An invitation to review Hummus Bros! Aren’t they a tailoring company? Posh morning coats for hire, wedding togs? Perhaps dinner jackets – it’s a restaurant review site, after all. No, dear sartorially inclined reader, Hummus Bros are a couple of lads (although not actually brothers) who have opened three rather unique casual restaurants with take-away…

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Spice Market for breakfast

Spice Market for breakfast

When home alone I confess to being a half-hearted breakfast eater. It’s not that I am not craving a tasty start to my day but let’s be honest, who wants to make a meal when the old eyes are near closing and the bus will arrive in ten minutes. Yes, it’s a slice of toast,…

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My Indian Kitchen

My Indian Kitchen

Even the title holds out great hope for the oft-confused home cook – My Indian Kitchen. We are looking for books written with us in mind. A book that takes note of the fact that we are unlikely, in the West, to have “staff”, a tandoor and a man that pops by on a Wednesday…

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Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

London is my home so I admit that I probably have a bias. I think it is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It’s historic, cultural and cosmopolitan, and the celebrated attractions cover a reasonably small area. A well-placed hotel, such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, will have you at the heart…

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Big Ben, London Bus and Afternoon Tea at The Howard

Big Ben, London Bus and Afternoon Tea at The Howard

(This hotel has now closed) Londoners love London. Tourists love London. It’s a city that is vibrant but with nooks of tranquillity, historic with a veneer of contemporary, a city for the young and young at heart. A magnet for families and couples. A dream destination for the discerning. And now London offers one more…

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Zizzi Twickenham

Zizzi Twickenham

So what’s the draw of Twickenham? It’s got a riverfront – undeveloped for decades for some inexplicable reason. Its high street offers a selection of small chain stores with the usual sprinkling of charity shops. The rugby stadium is an asset with (for the most part) well-behaved supporters who enjoy the variety of bars and…

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