Category Archives: Food

Pasta for the Simple at Heart

At the risk of this turning into a foodie blog, I think it’s about time I made at least a cursory mention of my adventures with pasta. It’s been just over a year since I received a pasta machine as … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Cheesemakers

I thought it was just a flippant comment, as I usually do in these circumstances. In this case, it was the lady behind the till at the farm shop at Wootton Wawen saying “Ah yes, that’s the best cheese in the … Continue reading

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I Wish to Register a Complaint…

There’s a commonly held belief that the British just don’t know how to complain. This is not quite true, in spite of it being used to good effect by Monty Python in numerous sketches. The reality is that the British … Continue reading

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Recipes for Recession

How do you know when a nation is going through hard times? There are, of course, numerous signs. Unemployment hits record highs, particularly among the youth. Retail sales volumes decrease, in spite of the proximity to Christmas. Doom and gloom … Continue reading

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Peopled

Here’s a question you probably think you know the answer to: Which country has the higher population density – England, India or Japan? The obvious one for me would be Japan, which is notoriously overcrowded. But it’s not – and … Continue reading

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Coffee and Ensconcement

Every Friday, while Anna is at her dance class, Cilla, Alex, and I spend an hour at the nearby Morton’s café. There’s usually a sofa free near the window, with the sun baking in. I go up to the bar, … Continue reading

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New Hobby: Cheese Locationing

10 years ago, while driving through France, we passed within about 50kms of Roquefort, and the thought passed between us – “Should we go there and have a taste of Roquefort in Roquefort?” In the end, we decided against it, … Continue reading

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