In the middle of England’s former coal country, a dozen massive stately homes cluster, all of them impressive and worth a visit.
It’s hard to believe that one can improve on perfection, but sometimes inspiration strikes. When my beloved tells me she is craving thick and creamy macaroni and cheese for supper, I rush […]
The Davenport Triangle where we live is under attack. Several proposed developments will change this unique neighbourhood forever. Just when we thought we were making some headway, a homeless shelter was dumped […]
Buying carrots at a farmers’ market on the weekend takes me deep into a political issue that highlights the conflict between local food producers – who we might call ‘real farmers’ – […]
I’m not going to drink any more in January, my late father-in-law used to say, and I’m not going to drink any less. I think I’ll follow his wise advice.
DIARY: Flower petals can give a great lift to our food, whether used purely decoratively or to enhance the flavour of the dish, as long as they are used judiciously and not […]
This delicious stuffed eggplant recipe appears in my new e-book Market to Table: The Cookbook, now available on Amazon, i-Tunes and Lulu.com, but here on Gentleman’s Portion for the first time.
British ‘Bake off’ queen Mary Berry is causing a stir with her declaration that the dining room is dead. Not so say I, and many others, as I get the table ready […]
I’m already dreaming of pie when we take one of London’s ubiquitous black cabs to the Chelsea Physic Garden. I know nothing about the garden, but we’ve been offered a free tour […]
Spending a few unhurried days in London, my long ago home town, brings back many interesting memories. As Samuel Johnson said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of […]