Higgidy picnic

Summer Picnic with Higgidy


The hot summer weather has finally arrived and picnics are on my mind. The world, however, seems in turmoil. In solidarity with France, I decided to have a picnic with my favourite country in mind. This seemed especially appropriate celebrating the new Higgidy range of quiches. Although these are deliciously British, quiche always puts me in mind of French holidays.
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Scottish Scallop with XO Sauce

Getting Saucy at Chinese Food Tasting


The best food tasting events are those where one emerges wiser and more knowledgeable as well as having enjoyed a jolly good lunch. A Chinese food tasting lunch, hosted by Lee Kum Kee Sauces at the Grand Imperial restaurant in the Grosvenor Hotel, satisfied all these criteria and more. The occasion was provided by the visit to London by Charlie
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Dalloway Terrace exterior

Spring Oasis at Dalloway Terrace


Having been in bed for days with a cold, I ventured out gingerly to meet Fiona Maclean from London Unattached for lunch at Dalloway Terrace. Housed in The Bloomsbury, copies of Virginia Woolf’s novel, from which the restaurant takes its name, were on hand. As a long term groupie of the Bloomsbury set, I was quite happy to sit in
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Hakkasan Mayfair, interior

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Hakkasan Mayfair


Hakkasan Mayfair is an elegant restaurant. The seating, the ambiance, the staff and, above all, the food. It presents a modern, Cantonese cuisine which earned the restaurant a Michelin star in 2011. Invited to review the Chinese New Year signature menu, I shared a leisurely few hours enjoying lunch with Simon Narracott from London Unattached. This limited edition menu, created
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Hutong Shard decor (kitchen journeys)

Hutong – Room With A View


As the waiter at Hutong showed us to a window seat my heart skipped a beat. On a clear, sunny day, 33 floors up above London in The Shard, there can surely be no more thrilling table for lunch.We were so delighted with our surroundings that we would have been happy with a sandwich. But Hutong is not just a
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Fireside Tea at Brown's Hotel, Mayfair

Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair


Is there a finer way to while away a rainy London day than seated at the fireside in The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair? Comfy in a beautifully upholstered wing back chair, I settled back to listen to the pianist tinkling away on a baby grand a few feet away. All felt well in our troubled world. The
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Chaat, Inito

Soup Glorious Soup


Singapore, Cuba, Mexico, Goa, Bangalore, Thailand – the list of Glorious City-inspired soups reads like a map of my road not yet travelled. A world of exotic excursions beyond my reach.  Yet the power of food to transport, to travel through my taste buds, makes any destination just a meal away. Which new adventure will be on my table tonight?
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Iberian Ham

Jamon Jamon


Walk into any tapas bar and legs of cured ham, jamón, will be dangling from the ceiling above the bar. Walking into the Good Housekeeping Institute, London, I was met by a large Jamón Iberico, resplendent on a plinth. Like all good sculpture, this had a strong sensory effect on the viewer. In my case, a quickened pulse and instantaneous
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Chicken momos

La Belle Assiette


La Belle Assiette is a company aptly named. It has some 200 professionally trained chefs who can be hired to cook for you in your own home. Go on line, have a look at the chef profiles plus the menus they prepare, book the one you like and wait for the doorbell to ring. Then relax while your private chef
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Seascape, Isle of Wight

Sailing Away to the Isle of Wight


A weekend trip to the Isle of Wight was an absolute delight. Three days of sunshine – no mean feat in summertime England – added to the pleasure of a seaside stay where evening walks along the beach brought each day to a relaxing close. Transported by Wightlink Ferries and hosted by Visit Isle of Wight and The Seaview Hotel
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