Fortune Favours the Brave

When I lived in France, I ate scallops each week. Delicious plump medallions of coquilles Saint Jaques in a creamy white sauce with lightly golden mushrooms were part of the Saturday dinner ritual. This might seem decadent to the English ear; but, F...

A Few Fish Recipes

Growing up, my grandma had a drawer crammed with recipes that she had carefully cut out of newspapers. The little piles of recipes were carefully classified and held together with an elastic band. When my grandma needed a recipe, she would go throug...

Cooking and Storytelling

Jay Rayner has recently been recommending cookbooks. I like Jay Rayner's columns. Obviously, I’m not alone. Hesitate too long to buy his book recommendations and the price rises from pennies to hundreds of pounds. Indecision meant I missed out on the...

Photo Journal: Tomatoes

The leaves have fallen off the trees; Britain (and Korea) are now in the deep midwinter; our tomato plants are long gone. Tomatoes, however, are probably grown around the year in Chile, if you consider what Neruda said:

In December,
unabat...

Too Many Cooks in the Garden

Mary Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

When you think about it quite a few nursery rhymes have outdoor or garden themes: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, Ring...

Love and Salad

Rabbits are famous for two things: fecundity and a love of lettuce. While these two ideas are not commonly linked in modern times, that has not always been the case.

Symbols of modernity might more commonly be morbidly obese people eating ultra...