I’m a award-winning food journalist and the author of Food Britannia. My work has appeared on BBC radio, Channel 4, AOL and lovefood.com (of which I was the editor). My print work includes Waitrose Kitchen and Delicious magazines.
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A man of appetites: Herbs go bananas

A man of appetites: Herbs go bananas

This week on AOL I take a European grand tour looking at the history and culinary uses of summer herbs.  Historically herbalists can't seem to agree on the uses and effects of basil. The English botanist, Nicholas Culpeper (1616 – 1654) says of it 'all authors are together by the ears about, and rail at...
A man of appetites: the secret history of the meringue

A man of appetites: the secret history of the meringue

This week Louisa and I got 'all white' as we got stuck into the meringue. There's a lot of history to this simple combination of eggs whites and vinegar.  Larousse goes on to say that the French chef Marie-Antoine Carême – the king of chefs and the chef of kings – was the first to pipe the...
A man of appetites: Bloomin' tasty

A man of appetites: Bloomin’ tasty

Despite Uncle Monty's assertion that 'I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees' flowers do have there place in the kitchen. It is to them, that Louisa and I have turned our eyes this week on AOL lifestyle Most of the...
A man of appetites: Fish and chips

A man of appetites: Fish and chips

This week Lou and I have looked at the joy that is fish and chips. Which as everyone knows somehow taste better when eaten at the seaside. Indeed apart from a picnic, which is essentially the inside taken outside, there are few hot meals that we eat in in full public view.  The exact origins...
A man of appetites: Berries and cherries

A man of appetites: Berries and cherries

This week Lou and I look at summer fruits, the hard to find gooseberry and the wonderful cherry. They both have a long history in Britain, Gooseberries shows were once a top day out for Northern workers, while cherry fairs were held in southern counties. Both events used the fruit as an excuse to meet...
Fancy blogging for the Huffington Post UK?

Fancy blogging for the Huffington Post UK?

Huffington Post is launching in the UK next week and is actively seeking bloggers, contributors and people with opinions, stories and something to say. Food, farming, shopping, eating, and anything else that comes under the umbrella of 'lifestyle' is included. I'll be chipping in with my thoughts on absolutely anything, alongside my AOL column.  This...
A man of appetites: confusing kedgeree

A man of appetites: confusing kedgeree

This week Louisa and I travelled to India – or maybe Scotland, for breakfast – or perhaps dinner. It's all a bit confusing when it comes to Kedgeree. The dish has an interesting history and is perhaps a perfect example of how recipes are pasted from culture to culture, changing not only their ingredients, but...
A man of appetites: Ham, ham, ham

A man of appetites: Ham, ham, ham

This week on AOL's lifestyle channel Lou and I looked at heroic ham. It's one of the best forms of meat that works for breakfast, lunch and dinner, yet all too often is poorly made watery reformed pap. One of my favourite ways to eat a nice hand sliced piece of cold ham is with...
A man of appetites: Stop messy about

A man of appetites: Stop messy about

This week Lou looked at simple summer puds, while I went back to school in search of Eton Mess.  The beauty of Eton Mess today is that it's three simple ingredients that have formed a brief 'menage a trois'; meringue provides structure, fruit brings sweetness and cream offers its cooling milky flavour – all in...
A man of appetites: Picnics, a fresh air feast

A man of appetites: Picnics, a fresh air feast

Lousia and I both tackle the the subject of the British Picnic, an event that can be memorable for all the wrong, as well as right reasons. Sometimes a summer shower that sends man, beast and butty scrambling for cover can live long in the family memory.  As for the food, well if you can,...
A man of appetites: Rise of the machines

A man of appetites: Rise of the machines

Bread makers, I love mine. The Real Bread Campaign have been encouraging people to dig out their breadmaker, or maybe take the plunge and buy one. They're a bit like solar power, an initial outlay that soon recoups its cost. Flour's just over a pound a bag and makes 3 to 4 loaves. I'm now...
A man of appetites: scone or scone?

A man of appetites: scone or scone?

This week I get to grips with the big issues, namely is it 'scone' or 'scone' – confused? You're not out of the woods yet.  Picture the scene; freshly baked scones, fruity jam, clotted cream, butter, a pot of strong tea, milk and sugar, all laid on an outdoor table and bathed in warm dappled...