I am a greedy girl and I love eating out a lot, especially as I seem to be constantly cooking both at work and at home, so eating out is integral for me not only for the much needed break from the kitchen but also to continue to inspire me to come up with new ideas, flavours and recipes.
Stuck for ideas and gift inspiration this Christmas? If you are looking for some fabulous suggestions, especially for food lovers with something to suit budgets big and small, then here is my gift guide full of beautiful, interesting and thoroughly useful suggestions perfect for the festive season.
It's hard to believe that after waiting so long, its that time again... there is but a month left until the release of my second book 'Sirocco: Fabulous flavours from the East' and I'm delighted to be able to share some sneak peeks with you, at long last.
I am so proud to announce that after our first Supperclub collaboration ‘Passage to Persia’ back in 2012, the wonderful Chef Anna Hansen MBE and I shall be reuniting once again along with Head Chef Rob McLeary, to host a Supperclub collaboration feast at The Modern Pantry (http://www.themodernpantry.co.uk) on Monday 16th February, raising funds for the wonderful charity Action Against Hunger (http://www.actionagainsthunger.org).
I do love sitting down with the family to a traditional Christmas feast. Whether you celebrate with dinner on Christmas Eve or lunch on Christmas Day, it’s the one time of year you get to spend time with your loved ones and share a wonderful, home-cooked meal together.
All year round, I get asked for recommendations from both friends and strangers as to what equipment I use in my kitchen, food and drink that I like and what could I recommend to make the perfect gift for a food loving friend or loved one. Birthdays, Christmas, Hannukah, any excuse to give a gif really… It’s useful all year round especially when you are struggling for inspiration.
With the festive season rapidly approaching, I thought it was high time to put a list together to share with you in manner of Sound of Music’s “These are a few of my favourite things!” – I would like to add, these are GENUINELY things and brands I like, use and respect and I have not received payment or goods in kind to endorse these. Just good old fashioned useful tips and pointers to (hopefully) give you some inspiration in a season that drives us mad with the “Oh-God-what-do-I-get-so-and-so-for-Christmas?” panic! I am pretty sure you will end up buying a few things on the list for yourself… and why not? Treat yourself; it IS Christmas, after all!