Published 2nd April 2021
A 007 kinda day at Orford Ness, full of secrets, spies and ballistic testing. The Cobra Mist was a long range surveillance system that could identify movement over Russia but actually couldn’t determine whether that movement was a flock of birds, a boy flying a kite or a fleet of TU-95’s …… it shut down in 1973!,
Published 15th November 2018
So lovely to be able to wander around the streets of Belgravia this afternoon. We were on our way to the restaurant at The Hari to shoot some of their menu dishes. I hadn’t been here before and found it absolutely delightful. The staff were incredibly warm and helpful, the setting chic and the food delish!
Royal Festival Hall
Published 21st April 2017
I have only ever been here for concerts when it’s completely banged out, but today we had access all areas for our shoot and could really appreciate its modernist architecture to the full. The sense of space is incredible and the cantilevered boxes (which really do look like pulled out drawers) just beautiful!
You’d Better Belize It!
Published 23rd October 2015
Just seen the pics from a Michael's Belize photo assignment - what a place! It may be small but with one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea it is perfectly formed. Listening to rales of late night, rum fuelled tales of jaguars, temples and tarantulas has def moved it up our travel wish list.
The best, most greatest, salad in the entire world.
Published 5th August 2015
It's Uncle Richard's birthday today, so it's happy birthday to him - and by way of celebration we're all having the best salad every made in the entire world. You just have to check this out.
(Click here for Quinoa and wild rice salad recipe)
The sun's out but its not summer yet.
Published 18th March 2015
The presenters on the radio made a lot of the sunshine this morning. They evoked a warm and wonderful day that made getting out of bed easier, a success in the world of 'morning radio presenters' I would imagine. But waiting at the bus stop I was quickly reminded that this ain't no summers day, so gone are any thoughts of salads and I'm firmly back thinking, warm pasta comfort food.
(Click here for smoked salmon and cream pasta recipe)
Salsa hey! Salsaaaa!!
Published 20th February 2015
I love coming home on the bus with Alejandro he's always so, up. He woke up on Monday to discover that his roof had leaked and his bedroom was now a wet room. On Wednesday his car wouldn't start and he needed to get to Birmingham on business. Thursday he sprained his wrist helping his mother-in-law with her shopping and today his boss told him that he would have to cancel his planned holiday due to a new contract. So what is Alejandro going to do this weekend? He's going DANCING! He told me that before he goes dancing he always eats salsa. He quickly ran through his favourite recipe for me before jumping up at his stop. It sounded great but I needed to know what he recommended to go with it. He stopped at the doors and then shuffled and danced back to me, he bent slowly forward from the waist and with a straight spine, shoulders back and his chin up, he looked deep into my eyes and said "a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g......"
(Click here for Alejandro's salsa recipe)
The chicken joke that left me headless!
Published 10th February 2015
I sat next to a guy on the bus today who told me a joke. He said, "Why did the Roman chicken cross the road? Because she was afraid someone would grab her!" He then laughed until he got off, which was thankfully only the next stop. I didn't really get it but I smiled to stay friendly. It wasn't until we had said our goodbyes and he'd got off, that a girl behind me lent forward and said " it's Caesar, he was meant to say Caesar, the Roman chicken was afraid that someone would Caesar" that I finally laughed.
(Click here for a recipe that's better than the joke!)
Published 27th January 2015
So here's what we found out about the lovely Stilton Cheese today.
Broccoli and Stilton soup (click here to see the recipe.)
Published 22nd January 2015
I was waiting for the bus this afternoon when the guy next to me asked me if I wanted a peanut to fend off the cold. I can't remember the last time I had a peanut, on its own, straight out of the tin but I do know, that I've never eaten one to 'fend off the cold'. When I asked the guy what he meant he completely ignored me, he just looked the other way. I waited another twenty minutes for the bus and I was frozen solid by the time it arrived! When I got home I made these and I'm going to take them to work tomorrow with the hope that I can repay the favour to the peanut man, cos this, is how peanuts should be eaten.
Peanut crunchie bites (click here to see the recipe.)
Porridge with a thivel
Published 16th January 2015
I sat next to a bloke on the bus last night who was holding a stick. When I asked him what it was for he told me it wasn’t a stick it was a thivel?! He said that he uses his stick, sorry thivel, to break down lumps in his oatmeal. This fascinating bloke went on to tell me that this was how things were done to make porridge before rolled oats came along. When he got to his stop he leant over and whispered ‘The thivel on the pottage pan, shall strick my hour to rise’. WTF!!
Porridge (click here to see the recipe.)
Christmas starts with Eggnog
Published 23rd December 2014
I was waiting for the bus the other day and got chatting to an old dear about Christmas. She was telling me how she doesn't consider her Christmas has begun until she has drunk her first eggnog. Never having heard of it I did a bit of research and found out that not only does it date back to about the 14th century, probably originates in East Anglia but also over 13,000 people like it on facebook. So I decided to give it a go.....(click here to see the recipe.)
No Flambooki design 'Sweet Monster' logo
Published 20th December 2014
With the party season now truly on us, No Flambooki were asked to come up with a logo and packaging proposals for a line of retro sweet gifts and the "Sweet Monster" was the winning design. We would particularly like to thank Hayley at www.chiefpilatesofficer.com who not only eased away our stresses during the design process with her expert pilates instruction but also supported the range which she gave as seasonal gifts to her staff and clients.
Egg, Hummus and Sweet Chilli
Published 10th December 2014
I was waiting for the bus this morning when I overheard someone say that a chicken is the closest relative to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. I looked it up and they're right, but who gives a 7 kilo coprolite about that on a day like this?!?! What you really need to know is how to poach a good egg and create something delicious with it...................Egg, Hummus and Sweet Chilli (click here to see the recipe.)
Published 3rd December 2014
Well, there you have it, Grazia say Cook No Flambooki is a "must have" - so if you haven't already got one for yourself, or as a pressie for someone else, you have to now, right?!?!
One more thing - Grazia, for a pound? Now thats a bargain. What a mag! WHAT A BOOK!!