Salted caramel and toasted pecan ice-cream sundaes

Homemade salted caramel sauce with ice-cream and toasted pecans. What more do you need?? |

Fear.  We are all familiar with its unpleasant  mouth-drying, heart-palpitating visits, and with its capacity to severely limit our activities. It can range from an uncomfortable passing sensation to a debilitating lifelong phobia, and there really is almost nothing that does not awaken fear in  somebody on the planet, from spiders (arachnophobia) to strangers (xenophobia) to open spaces (agoraphobia) to closed spaces (claustrophobia) to cats (ailurophobia).   To those who do not suffer from a specific phobia, they can seem totally irrational and bizarre – take for example mageirocophobia. Would you believe it’s technically defined as a phobia of the kitchen – or more practically, a fear of cooking. When I first heard of it I thought it was some sort of culinary equivalent to man-flu, invented by a spouse who was particularly averse to helping out in the kitchen.  But it is in fact a real condition, although in most people it manifests as some degree of anxiety rather than a full-blown, heart racing, hyperventilating phobia.  And would you believe me if I told you almost every one of us suffers from it to some degree? Click here for a full portion

Spicy harissa coleslaw with pomegranate

Spice up your coleslaw with the heat of harissa and the sweetness of pomegranate - a delicious twist on a classic!

  Earlier this year the Oxford English Dictionary released its annual list of new words to be added to this venerable publication.  They were an interesting mix of the familar, the unfamiliar, the  amusing and the rather baffling. Cake pops, freegans, crowdfunding and photobombing are probably well overdue to be added. Jeggings (leggings that look like denim […]

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Review: One Aldwych Hotel


When last were you a tourist in your own town? It’s funny how we are always off being tourists in other towns and cities, eagerly getting to grips with new and unfamiliar metro maps, learning how to order a beer or a coffee in a foreign language, or marvelling at the architecture of a foreign […]

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Very berry white chocolate chunk muffins

These muffins are stuffed with the goodness of berries and the indulgence of white chocolate. Whip up a batch in 45 minutes or less!

In 1887, Oscar Wilde wrote: “We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.”  A similar quote is commonly attributed to George Bernard Shaw (“The United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language”) but appears nowhere in his writings.  Still, the theme is clear:  although on […]

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Tom’s Kitchen (Canary Wharf)

A review of Tom's Kitchen, Chelsea

The first time I visited one of Tom Aikens’ restaurants (Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea) was not that long after the debacle where the talented enfant terrible of London’s kitchen scene was alleged to have held a hot palette knife to a junior chef’s cheek in a fit of anger. With this story still fresh in our minds, […]

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