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dish ep3: EU chefs on the #EUref & a Mary Berry exclusive interview

dish ep3: EU chefs on the #EUref & a Mary Berry exclusive interview

What will the EU Referendum mean for European chefs and restaurants in the UK? We find out. Plus we’ve an exclusive interview with the legendary Mary Berry on her life, her garden, and of course, Bake Off.

‘Get in the mood’ food for Valentine’s day

Valentine’s day evening must surely be one of the most unromantic times to eat out. A meal ‘enjoyed’ in close proximity of dozens of other couples, none of whom you must look at but whose every word you can hear. If that’s your thing, good luck to you; if not how else should you mark...
Five of the best: Chutney and preserve makers

Five of the best: Chutney and preserve makers

My latest round up for the Financial Times Magazine. A selection of treats by the country’s finest producers of jams, conserves and pickles. Read more over at FT.com  
The whacky world of 1970s cookbooks

The whacky world of 1970s cookbooks

My latest piece for the Guardian on the whacky world of 1970s cookery books. I am tired of identikit distressed boho-chic cookbooks. They’re all the same: full-colour shots, top down, naturally lit, and faux-rustic in style. Rewind to the 1970s and 80s and there were no rules. With limited budgets and costly printing technology, cookery...
A night of pork, knives at beers

A night of pork, knives at beers

As part of Eat Cambridge last night the upstairs dining room of Pint Shop on Peas Hill played host the first Pork shop. The evening was a resounding success. When planning the evening myself, and owners Benny and Richard, wanted to ensure that guests left with three things. Firstly their bellies full of porky goodness and...
The Inflating Shopping Basket

The Inflating Shopping Basket

Commissioned at the end of 2013, my latest documentary for Radio 4 was meant to air in Jan 2014. However it was put back until this January for a variety of reasons. So, after ‘a year in the waiting’ in December producer Lucy Proctor and I finally got cracking. The programme was a joy to work...
Dwarf pie with Heston Blumenthal

Dwarf pie with Heston Blumenthal

They say you should never meet your heroes, but when the email arrived asking would I like to talk to Heston about pies, only a total idiot would say no. Now I’ve worked with a few names in this business, but The Man from Bray was without doubt the most pleasant, interesting, and knowledgeable chap...
4000 pubs to close, and why that might not be a bad thing

4000 pubs to close, and why that might not be a bad thing

The news that the latest issue of The Good Pub Guide predict 'up to 4,000 pubs will close in the next year, but they are the ones "stuck in the 1980s" offering indifferent drink and food' was picked by just about every media outlet going, from the Guardian, to Epworth Bells and Crowle Advertiser . Sometimes stories catch...
The 'test tube' burger, and what it means for meat eaters

The ‘test tube’ burger, and what it means for meat eaters

Of all the weeks to go on holiday I picked the one which saw pretty much everyone in the UK food world attend a press conference to showcase the world's first 'test tube' burger. Not only did I miss that, but also the opportunity to rant about it on the airwaves, having to politely decline...
Lovefood.com wins Guild of Food Writers award

Lovefood.com wins Guild of Food Writers award

Stone the crows, we've only gone and scooped the Best New Media gong at last night's Guild of Food Writers Awards! The judges liked not only our recipes and interviews, but also the fact that we cover important food issues such as food poverty.  The night ended with me filling my trophy vase with negroni in the downstairs...
What's it like to work, live and eat on the road?

What’s it like to work, live and eat on the road?

‘If you’ve got it, it came by truck’ says veteran trucker John Eden at one point during my interview with him for The Food Programme. You can listen to the full programme here. John’s right of course, practically everything we enjoy in Britain today is moved around by an army of truckers, couriers and van drivers....
Lunch with a little 'un - The Jugged Hare

Lunch with a little ‘un – The Jugged Hare

Pre lunch venue: Art and Science on the Brain, Barbican Venue verdict: Playing with brains, what’s not to like? @foodjournalist adopt me please. @thejuggedhare — Melanie Jappy (@japster2008) April 9, 2013 Neuroscience and brains formed the prelude to the latest lunch with a little ‘un, and you can’t get cooler than getting kids into science....