Never eat anything bigger than your head
We should all be eating less meat and better meat
Whenever you see crossed chives you are in trouble
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Good to see Nigella looking so well.

Nigella was described in a recent interview for the Daily Telegraph as “Slimmed down celebrity cook launches her new TV show and book with lighter recipes” all under a headline that proclaimed “Why the latest food fads are off the menu for Nigella”. The ex-Mrs Saatchi was asked about “clean eating” and “healthy food” (allegedly these are the latest, next big things)…. but what kind of a world is it where healthy eating has become a specialist fad? “Life is about balance, it’s not about being smug” says Nigella.

Beware, a new idea!

What an interesting idea. Why do cookery books have to look like cookery books? As one of my books slid down the sales chart to a level that really upset both me and my publisher (with sales that were euphemistically described as “slow”), one of the “comments” on the web was a rant about how silly we were to produce a cookbook without glossy pictures. Cookbooks are all shoe-horned into a format – they look like cookbooks, they read like cookbooks, they are illustrated like cookbooks. But hang on, this year’s autumn list has something genuinely new and it’s coming to a shelf near you.

Food and Beer

If there is a ”Festival Season” it is now! Following the success of the Droitwich Food Festival – a magnificent gala dinner devised by Mark Hix using the best local produce on Friday 20th of June and then the town centre roads closed on the Saturday morning with over 100 food stalls selling everything from pies to beer and Indian food. This weekend (Saturday 28th June) the emphasis shifted to the FAB Festival on the meadows at Upton on Severn.

Broad beans meanz delicious

As the differences between the seasons blur, the broad bean remains one of the jewels in the greengrocer’s crown. Businessmen on the other side of the world may have flooded our supermarkets with asparagus cut in Mexico a week or so before the British crop was ready, but now we should be rejoicing in the first young broad beans. It is ironic that, when dried, the broad bean becomes the fava bean, popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean as a humble food for peasant farmers that would last through even the toughest winter.

Happy Birthday Madhur

Next time you step into a tube carriage glance around you, the majority of passengers will have their noses pressed to some kind of electronic gadget and it would be easy to infer that books were becoming an endangered species. But for folk of a certain age only the crisp, clean pages of a new book are the real deal. The Oxford Literary Festival (now under the aegis of the FT Weekend section) celebrates all that is good about bookishness.

This year’s Sausage Rollover

2014 is still a pup, but looking through last year’s files I came across the piece that I wrote about the inaugural Sausage Rollover which was held at the Red Lion in Barnes. In 2013 I grumbled a good deal about the clever-clever-over-cheffy sausage rolls that were entered. I grizzled about the “sausage” roll that was made by wrapping a lobster tail in pastry. I wrote of my longing for a simple sausage roll that was greasy, filling and perfect ballast for when the thirst was raging.


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