The Chiang Mai Lantern Festival, Yi Peng, and the Loi Krathong are two separate festivals that happen to coincide to form a magical spectacle of lights and celebrations. Held on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai calendar, the festivities happened to fit in perfectly with our trip to … Continue reading Visiting the Chiang Mai Lantern Festival
The nights are really drawing in now and last week I was struggling with The Annual Cold. However, life goes on and there’s been a lot to sort out before Mark and I leave for our big trip next week (I’m so excited I can’t even describe!). We met at Stanford’s in Covent Garden for … Continue reading Zima: Modern Russian Food in Soho
As much as I love autumn, there’s an almost inevitable downside each year: The Annual Cold. For the last week, despite my best efforts, I’ve been coughing and sniffling and frankly feeling rather sorry for myself. Thankfully there is a ray of hope in the face of The Annual Cold: The Hot Toddy. It might … Continue reading Hot Toddy Syrup – Just Add Water!
Sourdough is a strange and wonderful thing. There's something strange about choosing a method of baking that requires such a lot of time and patience, and yet something equally wonderful about exactly that. I hadn't even realised you could make a sourdough starter from scratch with just flour and water until a couple of years … Continue reading Creating a Sourdough Starter and Baking My First Sourdough Loaf
It's not often these days that Mark and I find ourselves in London for the whole weekend, so it was exciting to be around when there's something going on that we were particularly keen to do! With family visiting at the weekend, we headed to the Apple Day festivities at Borough Market. I first learned … Continue reading Apple Day at Borough Market
Here in the UK we are enjoying a lovely warm start to the autumn - yep, would you even believe it is autumn right now? Today the sun is shining and the temperature is balmy, so I can almost overlook the brisk wind that happens to accompany it. I thought a great transitional drink idea … Continue reading Blackberry and Apple Autumn Sangria
Tomatoes were the first vegetable that I ever tried to grow, and I’ve always been amazed at how resilient they are. They’re surprisingly easy to grow and with a little T.L.C. and regular watering, you can end up with a lovely little crop of jewel-red (or yellow) beauties. This summer has been great for my … Continue reading Pan Catalan