The Flying Seagull Project’s big bold trip

Do you look at the European refugee crisis and wonder what the hell? Do you ever feel like you’d like to do something to help, but don’t know how? I am a trustee of a wonderful charity called the Flying Seagull Project – a bunch of clowns, circus performers and kids entertainers who travel the…

Hot-footing it to Hautefort

Cycling 26km in 30 degree heat was possibly not the most sensible way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon. Our original plan had been to head south to the Dordogne river for a day of canoeing on the river. However, a night of interrupted sleep caused by the heat, a mosquito buzzing around our heads and…

Nettles for dinner

Inspiration can come from all manner of places. Randomly, it was seeing that my favourite London restaurant Oldroyd had made it into Time Out’s 100 best restaurants list (even if it is only number 45, which is not high enough in my book) that inspired me to take advantage of ingredients right on my door step. Oldroyd…

Courgette gratin

Do you ever end up with too much of one ingredient in your fridge? Back in the UK when this happened, it was usually down to me making a mistake with my online order. For example, a failure to check the ‘individual items’ box instead of ‘kgs’ one time resulted in a very surprised me…