Pears

A quintessential autumnal fruit is the pear. Once I see pears-a-plenty I know autumn is here…Outshined by apples every year, however, I find the pear just as versatile in the kitchen.

Simple Supper

As much as I enjoy the kitchen with both its discipline and creativity combined, there really are times when the idea of cooking for one can be more of a chore than a pleasure.  The thought of having wanting to create something comforting, wholesome and packed with flavour stirs images of the washing up taking…

El Capote

I normally arrive at these evenings a good half hour before kick-off and almost form part of the welcoming committee at the door.  However, this time around, I was probably one of the last to arrive.  As I turned the corner into Market Lane it was exciting to see the natural evolution that El Capote’s…

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie, baked beans and ketchup – Oh my God!  Could food get any more comforting?! I remember as a child I would mix it all together so that every spoonful was a mashed-potatoey, mince-meaty, ketchup-tangy mouthful. And then came the correction; it’s only Shepherd’s Pie if made with real shepherds – or at least…

El Capote – Chef Lede

This time round El Capote surprised us by holding its food and wine event on a Saturday! Children were sent to their grandparents’ houses and the old faithfuls treated their partners to a fantastic night at El Capote. Not being allowed in before 9pm opening time, we congregated on Market Lane wondering what delicacies were…

Gold

Over the past few days it has been impossible to go to sleep comfortably due to the searing heat and high temperatures. Sitting, sweltering in humid, airless evenings has been unbearable. The thought of having to turn an oven on and subsequently heat up the house is quite frankly the last thing I’d want to…

Party

Having established a benchmark of food and drink at my parties a few years ago, what could I pull out of the bag to feed my 20+ guests this party round?  After all I can no longer get away with several bags of doritos and assorted dips! Do I provide my standard party medly of spiced…

Foodie Weekend

Licking my lips, I alighted from the Heathrow Express at Paddington and made my way to the Southbank Centre to check out the Cheese and Wine Festival. Having arrived late-afternoon (I had just flown in from Gib!) I had missed the ‘food theatre’ and even though there were not many people jostling around the food…

El Capote – Chef Lede

I can’t wait for Ian to either email me or send me a text message letting me know about the next food and wine matching event at El Capote. Talking to Ian about the direction the events are now going in, he admitted that they are no longer food and wine matching evenings where the wine flows from beginning…