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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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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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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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NEWS! East London Food is out

We wanted something that reflected East London and its very particular, very unique food heritage. It had, we quickly realised, to reflect East End food both old and new, as this area has always had its own sense of culinary identity