Red-braised pork belly for Chinese New Year

Red-braised pork belly for Chinese New Year

This recipe featured in the April 2018 edition of Hampshire Life magazine with wine matches from Berry Bros & Rudd. This is one of my favourite ways of cooking pork belly. The succulent meat really lends itself to gentle Chinese spicing and works well with 

Bengal Sage tasting menu with Saurav Nath and Toscanaccio

Bengal Sage tasting menu with Saurav Nath and Toscanaccio

The Bengal Sage has become a Winchester institution in the 3 short years since taking up residence on George Street. It’s the place that locals in-the-know go to wallow in slow-cooked buffalo bhuna heaven and enjoy surely the best onion bhajis in the country. Like 

Bergamots

Bergamots

Some of the best ingredients turn up when you least expect them. A couple of weeks ago we were up in London, gorging on amazing pulled pork and smoked onglet at Pittcue. We took a slow amble back to Waterloo via ice cream parlour extraordinaire 

In search of Gueuze

In search of Gueuze

It’s been 5 months since my last post – a case of too much time eating and not enough time writing about it (though that is, of course, the best way round…). One trip that definitely deserves a belated mention is a trip we took 

Lunch at Le Manoir

Lunch at Le Manoir

For our birthdays this year, our families had bought us both a voucher for lunch at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. At the time we were in the depths of moving house and when we booked, August seemed like ages away, but all of a 

Incidental pho

Incidental pho

I made an oxtail curry on Friday, the by-product of which was a gloriously intense broth from slow-cooking the oxtail with whole spices. The smell of the stock cooking took me back to our trip last year to Vietnam and my many attempts to recreate 

A cassoulet pilgrimage

A cassoulet pilgrimage

I’ve just come back from 10 days in the South West of France and I’m already mourning the end of lunchtime drinking and river swimming. The weather hasn’t helped – flying back over the New Forest and seeing fields that were more puddle than grass 

Foraging for chanterelles

Foraging for chanterelles

After our fantastic wild strawberry haul on Monday, we couldn’t resist a second trip. While the Dordogne hasn’t seen quite the insane amount of rainfall that we’ve suffered recently, it has been a wetter than usual spring and now that flaming June is in full 

Lynch Bages visit

Lynch Bages visit

My folks are only about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux, so we always try to fit in at least one trip when we visit. Today it was the turn of Lynch Bages, a  90 hectares chateau just outside the town of Pauillac. Although the wine 

Wild strawberries

Wild strawberries

It’s day 3 of our trip to the Dordogne to visit my parents and I still can’t get over the fact that it’s not constantly raining over here. We went for a long walk down the track behind the house earlier and found that the