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Children win the pumpkin bake-off

12 November 2017
Children win the pumpkin bake-off

Children win the pumpkin bake-off

12 November 2017

I often receive press releases about the parlous state of child nutrition in the UK: the rise in obesity, reports about how children can’t cook and have no interest in learning, and criticism of our modern food technology syllabus.


Culture: A fiesta on a plate by Nicola Miller

02 November 2017
Culture: A fiesta on a plate by Nicola Miller

Culture: A fiesta on a plate by Nicola Miller

02 November 2017

Food writer Nicola Miller warms us up for autumn with a Mexican staple


An endless source of entertainment

15 October 2017
An endless source of entertainment

An endless source of entertainment

15 October 2017

As you might imagine, the engineer, architect, sculptor, painter, and poet Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was quite a busy man but even the busiest of men – and women – need to eat.


Culture: Parkin the memories by Nicola Miller

05 October 2017
Culture: Parkin the memories by Nicola Miller

Culture: Parkin the memories by Nicola Miller

05 October 2017

It may have its origins in Yorkshire but for our food writer Nicola Miller, parkin brings back memories of festival time in Mexico


Where to find a guilt-free coffee

19 September 2017
Where to find a guilt-free coffee

Where to find a guilt-free coffee

19 September 2017

The ethical values of coffee shop chains have been highlighted over the last few years in tandem with their proliferation on the High Street: both Starbucks and Caffè Nero have been called to account over their tax avoidance and research carried out by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, into the Fairtrade scheme found that the Fairtrade Foundation is unable to ensure that all workers get paid a living wage.


Taste my Italian-Southern hybrid

14 August 2017
Taste my Italian-Southern hybrid

Taste my Italian-Southern hybrid

14 August 2017

I confess to feeling somewhat anxious about this recipe. Not because it doesn’t taste good (it does) but because I am aware that Americans, and particularly southerners, have very strong feelings about their biscuits, and I have quite a few friends from the South who seem to be mainly employed in the food business. I know from experience that they will not hold back when it comes to their heritage and nor should they.


The internet has made me an expert

13 August 2017
The internet has made me an expert

The internet has made me an expert

13 August 2017

I’ve learned so much about animals this summer that I am now a fully-fledged expert. The internet is great at enabling a person to become an instant one of these, ready to argue with people who have clearly wasted their time studying their subject for decades.


How I stopped becoming an armadillo

17 July 2017
How I stopped becoming an armadillo

How I stopped becoming an armadillo

17 July 2017

Around my mid-40s I began to notice that from the toenails up I seemed to be turning into an armadillo.


Sweet treats with a history of their own

10 July 2017
Sweet treats with a history of their own

Sweet treats with a history of their own

10 July 2017

It did occur to me that testing a recipe for cannolis over some of the hottest days of the year was bad planning.


Books are so at home here in Bury

11 June 2017
Books are so at home here in Bury

Books are so at home here in Bury

11 June 2017

As a kid I swiftly learned that I could read my way out of most tricky situations. An elderly tutor began to teach me to read, in Spanish and English, well before my fourth birthday so as to stand me in better stead for our subsequent emigration to Mexico.


Sweet memories of desert play days

07 June 2017
Sweet memories of desert play days

Sweet memories of desert play days

07 June 2017

The first cake I recall eating was banana bread when, at the age of four, I met Susie and her mother. Susie’s Mexican-American family lived around the corner from us in a big white house overlooking the Zapalinamé mountains, whose greyish-blue foothills form a backdrop to the northern Mexican city of Saltillo.


Where ageism and sexism meet

16 May 2017
Where ageism and sexism meet

Where ageism and sexism meet

16 May 2017

One of the most vibrant women I know once told me that there are times when she feels invisible. Turning 50 had, she said, brought her to a time in her life where she felt diminished and she worried that as she entered middle age, it wasn’t just her own edges that felt as if they were blurring, but those of her female peers, too.


Ed’s show strictly speaks at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

12 May 2017
Ed’s show strictly speaks at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

Ed’s show strictly speaks at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds

12 May 2017

The timing of Ed Balls’ show ‘Stictly Speaking Out’ couldn’t be better.


Great flavour with ‘a ghost of fruity heat’

06 May 2017
Great flavour with ‘a ghost of fruity heat’

Great flavour with ‘a ghost of fruity heat’

06 May 2017

Eaten raw, the average out-of-season red pepper is a bit of a disappointment flavour-wise although it does possess texture and a hint of what is to come later on in the year. Where would mass-catered salads be without its squeaky chew?


A glimpse into our post-Brexit future

16 April 2017
A glimpse into our post-Brexit future

A glimpse into our post-Brexit future

16 April 2017

Good citizens and patriots, imagine it’s 2034 and over a decade has passed since we were ejected from the EU in disgrace after a failed attempt to blast the Rock of Gibraltar free from its Spanish moorings.


Straight from the streets of New York

10 April 2017
Straight from the streets of New York

Straight from the streets of New York

10 April 2017

When I was a teenager I loved reading those sex ’n’ shopping novels that were popular in the eighties. Bonkbusters by Jacqueline Susann, Judith Krantz and June Flaum Singer kept me sane during two years of A-level English where the syllabus was dominated by Lawrence, Hardy and Plath.


A delicious case of seafood ‘sabotage’

04 March 2017
A delicious case of seafood ‘sabotage’

A delicious case of seafood ‘sabotage’

04 March 2017

Just before the storm arrived that saw us driven at speed in a golf cart back to the shelter of our car, we’d been exploring Lovers Key, a small state park on the gulf coast of Florida where a beach shack sold large solo cups filled to the brim with chowder for only $4.


Such paucity of care is untenable

11 February 2017
Such paucity of care is untenable

Such paucity of care is untenable

11 February 2017

On Monday night, Panorama highlighted the crisis facing our mental health services.


Mackerel in saor with a winter salad - Venetian dish is packed with flavour

04 February 2017
Mackerel in saor with a winter salad - Venetian dish is packed with flavour

Mackerel in saor with a winter salad - Venetian dish is packed with flavour

04 February 2017

Hai mangiato così tanto pesce che per tornare a casa puoi nuotare nei canali invece di camminare,” laughed the bartender as he brought over yet another plate of sardines from the trays of cicchetti lined up along the tiny counter.


Go 2017 – and do your worst . . .

15 January 2017
Go 2017 – and do your worst . . .

Go 2017 – and do your worst . . .

15 January 2017

It’s tempting to file a review of 2016 although you all know how it went and the media is jammed with celebrity deaths, wars, Brexit and the US election.