Tips for gathering elderflowers and making top notch elderflower cordial

Elderflowers have had a bit of a moment-in-the-sun lately after featuring in THE wedding cake of the year with their longstanding friend, the lemon. For me, like a lot of wild food, fresh elderflowers are hugely under-utilised by the general population. Elderflower cordial is very popular, but I am surprised that more people don’t make … Continue reading Tips for gathering elderflowers and making top notch elderflower cordial

Bruges: Where to Eat and Drink

It's only right and proper that I dedicate an entire post to the food and drink we enjoyed in Bruges. With big hitters like chocolate, beer, waffles, and moules, expectations were skyscrapingly high, but these cosy Bruges institutions delivered. BlackbirdAddress: Jan van Eyckplein 7 Website: https://www.blackbird-bruges.com/ This cute cafe in an old building and with … Continue reading Bruges: Where to Eat and Drink

Hinamatsuri – Celebrating Japan’s Girls’ Day

In 2015 I had the privilege of staying with my Japanese friend's family in Tokyo for two weeks in February/March. They were such kind and generous hosts and I took away so many amazing memories from that experience. My trip happened to coincide with the Japanese festival of Hinamatsuri, also known as the Doll Festival … Continue reading Hinamatsuri – Celebrating Japan’s Girls’ Day