Nom Nom Nom 2011

Now in its fourth year, Nom Nom Nom is a MasterChef style competition giving the internet’s finest bloggers, food photographers and food writers the chance to compete against each other in a professional kitchen in London. On Sunday July 17th…

Cooking at the Salone del Gusto in Turin (Part 2)

When deciding what to cook at the Garofalo Pasta stand at the Salone del Gusto it made perfect sense that I should bring a little of Britain with me. And what gourmet item did I choose? The good old British banger, that’s what!

The recipe I chose was Creamy Sausage Pasta, from my forthcoming cookbook, which is a real hearty and filling dish just perfect for this time of year in England. The sausages are cut into large bite-sized pieces and are cooked in a large frying pan. Bits of sausage stick to the pan turning sticky and brown and then onions are slowly fried in the same pan, soaking up all that delicious flavour. The pan is then deglazed with cream and stock, which forms the sauce. A touch of thyme and seasoning is added and then it’s mixed in with al dente pasta. It’s a real homely dish, simple and rustic. Rob and I love it but what would my Italian guests make of it? Read post

Cooking at the Salone del Gusto in Turin (Part 1)

I’ve just got back from Turin in Italy where I was invited by Garofalo Pasta to cook at the Salone del Gusto. The internationally renowned event is a celebration of slow food which attracts food lovers, buyers and producers from all over the world. This was the eight time the event, which is run biannually, has been held and with guests from over 160 countries it’s an incredibly abundant festival. Read post

Ludlow: A Gastronomic Paradise (Part 1)

Ludlow

Last weekend I was invited to Ludlow to experience some of the culinary delights this small town has to offer. Ludlow is a situated in Shropshire in England, close to the Welsh border and it has become renowned for the food it offers, from local produce and specialist food shops to markets and restaurants. The town boasts eight AA Rosette stared and two Michelin starred restaurants and it hosts the famous Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival each September.

The Galvin Cup and Food Blogger Connect

Earlier in the month I helped to judge The Galvin Cup mixology competition for the second year running, and once again it was a fantastic event. Mixologists, professional and amateur, from around the world competed for the coveted Galvin Cup, creating spectacular cocktails. Read post

See You There?

This is just a quick post to tell you about a couple of events I’ll be attending next month in the hope that I may see some of you there. First up is Food Blogger Connect, which takes place on the weekend of 5th/6th June. Last year a group of bloggers got together and came up with the idea of holding an event just for food bloggers. I unfortunately wasn’t able to attend but heard it was a resounding success. So much so that it’s happening all over again this year! Read more

Real Food Festival Tickets Winner Announcement

Thanks for your entries into the competition. It was a tough one to call but with the help of Twitter I can announce that the winner is Helen, for this fantastic poem… Read more

Win Tickets to The Real Food Festival

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not pop along to The Real Food Festival at Earl’s Court (running from Friday 7th May – Monday 10th May)? Real food producers from all over the UK will be gathered under one roof, to tempt and tantalise those taste buds.

The Real Food Festival offers gourmets a serious treat of delicious, organic, fresh and unusual food and wine products from all over the world. With over 400 producers there’s so much to see and do and best of all you can leave with your bags bursting with real food to enjoy at home. Read more

Discover the Origin and Win a Hamper

‘Discover the Origin’ is a new three year campaign, led by the European Union, Italy, France and Portugal, designed to raise awareness around five key European products: · Parma Ham · Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese · Burgundy · Port · Douro Valley…

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