Perhaps the best sailing in the Windward Islands centres around the Grenadines and my favourite anchorage in the Tobago Cays marine reserve.
DIARY: Oysters in all their simplicity make one of the best starters for a meal ever invented. RECIPE: How to shuck and enjoy boysters.
DIARY: Fresh fish from Lake Erie. RECIPE: Lake trout En Papillote.
DIARY: Channelling Nigel Slater, Gina Mallet and distant ancestors. RECIPE: Chicken and leek pie.
RECIPE: Traditional “holiday” roast turkey, with all the trimmings. DIARY: Family and friends come for a feast and enjoy some fine whiskies.
Sometimes I chuckle, sometimes I laugh out loud and sometimes I have a look of studied concentration when I’m catching up with news and opinion from across the pond.
DIARY: Memories of comfort food served in splendour at The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC. RECIPE: David Hammonds’ chicken pot pie.
DIARY: The perils of finding building contractors in England. RECIPES: Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
DIARY: Stuffing ourselves with excellent food at an annual feast. TASTE TESTING: Johnny Walker Double Black and four single malts from Speyside: Mortlach, McClelland’s, Benromach and Ardmore.
For boat owners, there’s said to be two days that are the happiest of your life: the day you buy your boat and the day you sell your boat.