About me...


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Home is… SW London, was Parsons Green. Now, Clapham and I cannot love it more! 

What made me start blogging... I wanted to document my cooking as a means of keeping a food diary as I don’t often use recipes. I then combined restaurants into this and it took off from there. I find it strangely therapeutic and a good wind down from (or during!!) work...

Have I always been into cooking… yes, as far as I remember! Cooking and eating out has always been a big part of my life. I was brought up eating weekday suppers and Sunday lunch together, as a family and making time to be together. This is something I hope to carry on should I have my own family as I think it’s important to catch up and relax with each other with the television off regularly.

Most memorable restaurant… I have been lucky in that my other half (Mr D) is a foodie too. So we’ve had some gorgeous evenings out. L’Enclume in Cartmel is the one place that sticks out by a country mile for every aspect: wine, food and atmosphere. It is very, very, special. In London: So many, for a non-Londoner I would send them to one of our sky scrapers especially, Duck and Waffle for its dramatic backdrop of our vibrant, pretty city and innovative brunch menu.

Earliest food memory… I have always loved Asian foods and in particular Chinese. When I was about five years old my Aunt was astounded as I requested two portions of crispy seaweed and ate it all - unsurprisingly I felt rather sick afterwards. However I still love the stuff!!

Best food memory… my Mamma (Grandma) eating Lobster for the first time at her 80th birthday and having the same views as I do exclaiming: ‘I’m not sure what the fuss is about’.

Favourite blog… I have several. However, the ones I regularly follow are The London Foodie, his style of writing and pictures always make me want to go to where he has been. The Londoner, who can’t love Rosie’s joie de vivre and fabulous photos?! And last but not least Hollow legs, some incredible home cooked Asian dishes and also well documented restaurant reviews.

Favourite chef… a toughie I have 3… Tom Kerridge for his Michelin starred fabulous pub grub. Simon Rogan for his delicious foraged finds and incomparable dishes and Adam Byatt, how Clapham’s Trinity hasn’t got a star is beyond me.

Food heaven… Chillies, I cannot and will not live without them. I haven them on almost everything. A chilli ramen is my ideal winter warmer.

Food hell… cooked fruit. I cannot stand the stuff. Whether this has stemmed from school and soggy puds, I do not know- it gives me the heebie geebies… sadly thus meaning I miss out on a good old crumble.

Favourite local restaurant We are so lucky in that there’s an abundant of fantastic restaurants right on my door step on the Fulham Road. One that I go back to constantly is Claude’s Kitchen which is also above one of my favourite bars Amuse Bouche. Claude serves up exceptional locally sourced food with flare and finesse. Constantly busy, a great atmosphere and the staff always have a smile on their face.

On the hit list… so many places, I keep a list on my hard drive and tick them off as I go along. The only problem is this is added to on a daily basis. I am desperate to get a table at Sushi Tetsu and also to visit Pescheria Mattiucci in Notting Hill it looks so cute!

What do (I) use to take my pics my iphone. It is annoying enough going for dinner with a blogger when all you want to do is get 'stuck into your food' let alone wait for someone to set up an SLR for that perfect shot. Yes, I may not get the most perfect photos but, i'm here to enjoy my companion, as much as my food, and therefore I don't want to spend ages taking pics.

You always write so positivelyyes, I'm aware of this. However, I don't see the point in putting negative blogs up when it's my own opinion. One man's food hell is another man's heaven etc. So, I only ever write up on places I GENUINELY think people should go to. Even if invited for a taster I will only ever write if I think it is worthy of people popping down...

Other hobbies… interiors, we’ve been in our new pad just shy of a year and I’m itching to get onto another project already!

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