How time flies when you’re having fun, eh? I realised the other day that this May, Cooksister will be celebrating its fifteenth birthday! It’s a pretty significant milestone and seeing as I love a good milestone, I have already started thinking about what I want to do and say to celebrate this pretty momentous occasion. I have been thinking, for instance, about how many people I have met through this blog, how many countries I have visited, and how many restaurants I have dined in. The answer in all three cases is “more than you’d think” – and you’d imagine that by now after all these years, I might be feeling a little jaded and that no invitation would have the capacity to surprise me any more. But then I open my e-mail and there is an invitation to review “london’s only organic Hungarian restaurant” and I discover my sense of surprise and wonder anew.
I had awoken in my cosy hotel bed in Derry to the sound of raindrops pattering on the window. As I sat snuggled in my fluffy robe sipping a hot chocolate and watching grey clouds scud across the sky above the Peace Bridge, I did vaguely wonder if this really was the best day for […]Click here for a full portion
April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. So wrote one of my favourite poets, T.S. Eliot. But I’m afraid I beg to differ! I think that if you like in the Northern hemisphere, February is the cruellest. December is jam […]Click here for a full portion
Bougainvillea – South Africa, 2014Click here for a full portion
Abraham Lincoln once said: “Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” I always feel for the children of famous people growing up in the shadow of their parents. This problem is particularly acute when those children are brave […]Click here for a full portion
I have always been fascinated by human interactions at airports and train stations. Looking for free helpings of human drama but can’t afford Netflix? grab a coffee and take a seat in the nearest airport or station. Here is where loved ones reunite or are parted; where you will see tears of sadness, of laughter, […]Click here for a full portion
Up, up and away – Vic, Spain October 2017Click here for a full portion