lettuce play

lettuce play

My friend James, who is very good at making something tasty out of the most unpromising of ingredients, sent me this as a refreshing amuse bouche

Carrots …my forgotten vegetables

I happily went for many years without eating a carrot. It’s not that I disliked them particularly – they have a pleasingly vibrant colour for a vegetable – it’s just that they never played any part in my deliberations when cooking or planning...

Tory leader in bewilderness

The Tories may be a lot more popular than Labour at the moment, but I’m not convinced they are any more fit to run the country. David Cameron had his bike knicked. He seems bewildered that this could happen when he chained it up …to a bollard! Why a...
what makes a perfect birthday?

what makes a perfect birthday?

Time spent with friends. A cycle ride along the canal in clement weather. A teacake and coffee outside at a garden centre. A longboat going through bratch locks. A deliciously foamy bath. A proper tea with competing children, raucious behaviour, jelly, cheese and...
…that is forever England

…that is forever England

I have been on something of an Oh England, my Lionheart cycle ride with my friend J. who leaves for Saudi any day now. I don’t think either of us realised we would be quite so immersed in Englishness, or rather an elegy to Englishness past, when we decided to go for a...