Pizza in Naples, pasta in Rome

I thought it was high time I got around to writing about my recent travels through Europe. I’m going to blame my tardiness on the wintry weather. It’s been an effective distraction, keeping me holed up in the kitchen cooking comfort food.

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Food that soothes – Beef Stroganoff, a winter favourite

In contrast to an excellent night out at Chef’s Table (see my previous blog), last weekend was much quieter with a Saturday night spent in.

When I was younger, the prospect of spending a Saturday night at home was scandalous, embarrassing. Admitting you had no plans for a Saturday night left you feeling depressed and friendless. (Remember those fraught teenage years? Getting older isn’t all bad, you know).

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Chef’s Table – an Italian feast to share

It’s no secret to those who know me well how much I love food. I love to cook it, I love to eat it and I particularly love trying new flavours and combinations.

When it comes to dining out I will confess that up until a few years ago I had little love for the idea of ‘sharing’ when at a restaurant. I always preferred to make my own choice from the menu and enjoy every mouthful with no interference from anyone.

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Posh Pub Grub – and the charming English county of Suffolk

A trip to the United Kingdom would not be complete without a few – or many – trips to the pub. Each time I visit I am reminded of how much character and tradition they add to the country. To my knowledge I’ve never visited an English village that doesn’t boast a charming local or two. There is something extremely satisfying about settling in a warm, cosy pub and ordering a plate of hearty pub grub.

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Hosting the perfect dinner party – and how to cook your own delicious hot smoked salmon!

Everyone loves a dinner party. Some enjoy hosting them while others prefer to only ever attend as a guest.

Despite our lives being made ever easier by shortcuts in the kitchen the idea of cooking for a dinner party still manages to instil dread in a lot of people. Perhaps it is the uncertainty, the lack of consistency that plagues them.

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A birthday, a helicopter flight – and how to make a delicious pasta dish with roasted butternut

Birthdays are a funny thing. Some love them, some hate them and some are simply indifferent, failing to see the point of celebrating being another year older.

I will have to confess to the first. I do love my birthday but this year it surpassed my expectations. Let me explain why.

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