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Tea, Travel and Stories: An Extraordinary Journey, Part One

I spent a large chunk of my twenties travelling about, exploring the world, sometimes with friends and boyfriends, but mostly for work, via press trips that took me to far flung places I could never have afforded on a freelance writer’s wage.

Reporting on the food and drink of a particular place is a sure-fire way to cut through the tourist trap cliches and get to an authentic local experience, and I was lucky to find myself in unlikely places enjoying delicious things – be it eating freshly caught whelks at a plastic table at the corner of Rungis – the legendary French Food market; or chewing garlic and fish sauced-laced pork skewers, cooked for me by an elderly Vietnamese woman crouching on her haunches in the Street in Hanoi.

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An autumn of supper clubs

Autumn is absolutely one of my favourite times of year. It’s just a glorious sensory overload – all those crunchy burnished leaves, the smell of bonfires, the bulbous pumpkins and squashes, the ripe orchard fruit. I can’t get enough of it, and thankfully we really live in the best spot to make the most of it. Walking the dog along the canal and across the marshes every day we can’t help but enjoy all the colours and smells, and – despite the golden sunshine we’ve been blessed with these past few weeks – the distinct crispness in the air that just makes you want to come home and make a crumble. And put on some lovely autumnal dinners…

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Why I became a BOOMbassador

I think it’s important and empowering to understand how the way we shop, cook and eat effects the world around us, as well as our own health, and being aware of where our ingredients come from, and how they’re produced helps us to make better decisions

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Move over Peter Jones… judging Ocado’s Next Top Supplier Competition

A couple of months back, I was proud to be asked to join the judging panel of online retailer Ocado’s “Britain’s Next Top Supplier” contest, to help select an exciting new producer to be listed on the site. I’d previously heard that Ocado conducts the ‘Dragon’s Den’-style competition each year to find pioneering new suppliers,…

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It’s British Pie week! Recipe for broccoflower pies

A couple of weeks ago, my tagline really could have been “I ate all the pies”. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that – lucky for me – I had a really good run of pie-based activity, including feasting on one of Jeremy Lee’s superb specimens at Quo Vadis (duck and…

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A life-changing trip to Malawi with Fairtrade

Back in January I visited Malawi with Fairtrade to learn more about the people behind some of the food and drink we consume every day. Anyone who knows me really well knows that I’m not really worth knowing until I’ve had my morning cup of tea: I’m a tea addict, and I’m not alone: Britain…

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Perfect Christmas leftovers recipe: Sri Lankan style chopped wrap

Thanks to new pop ups and restaurants like Weligama and Hoppers, I’ve really discovered Sri Lankan cuisine this year, and have been blown away by the flavours of it: somehow familiar from Indian food but at the same time totally unique, rich with lots of coconut milk and heady with roasted spices.

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