Cheese, wine and pickle pairing with Branston

Last week I was invited by Branston Pickle to attend a cheese, wine and pickle pairing evening at London’s historic Canal Museum along with fellow food bloggers. As well as understanding how to pair wine with cheese and pickle, under the expert guidance of Julia Bailey, we were going to get to taste the limited edition cheese and pickle mince pies that were created in partnership with baker Lily Vanilli. I love cheese, pickle and wine so this was an absolute dream event to attend. We started the evening by doing a tastebud test, using some special paper. Julia explained…

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Life lessons I’ve learnt this year

I cannot believe it’s almost the end of the year. I swear it was only February yesterday! The older I get, the faster the months fly by. Has anyone actually researched that because I swear it’s some weird time-warp thing. Professor Brian Cox, get on it please. Looking back on the year, here are are some life lessons I learnt: You really do get wiser as you get older. As well as more confident. Own it. Time goes by so quickly so make the most of every moment. Stop taking on so much work! Weekends should be relaxing, not stressful.…

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The Park Hyatt Bangkok – an oasis in the city

Bangkok is such a hectic, busy, crowded city so we were looking for a hotel that would offer an oasis within the city. Somewhere to relax by a pool after exploring all day, that would be quiet and tranquil. We found it in the newly opened Park Hyatt Bangkok. Designed by architects AL_A, the building is set to become an iconic landmark in the city. With its central location – only two stops on the Skytrain from Siam – it’s the perfect location. The hotel is situated in the Central Embassy, which is a luxury shopping centre with lots of…

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An alternative Christmas dinner with Parma Ham

I bet I can guess your Christmas menu… roast turkey, gammon ham, perhaps a roast beef? Accompanied by roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, parsnips and gravy. Am I close? And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that but after you read this post, you might want to consider adding a pork Wellington with Parma Ham and red wine jus to your Christmas dinner menu! I was invited by Parma Ham to a festive cooking class with Chef Bridget Colvin at The Good Housekeeping Institute Cookery School in Soho, London. Bridget is an accomplished chef and recipe developer who works with Michel Roux Jr at…

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Yes, you do deserve to be here!

Ladies! How many times have you been asked to do something and the dreaded Impostor Syndrome hits you? I’m willing to bet it’s pretty often, am I right? Recently I was having a conversation with an amazing, smart, successful woman who is going to be speaking on a panel at an event and you know what she said to me? I don’t know why I’ve been asked to speak on this panel! I’m not senior enough. Regardless of her seniority, this woman knows her shit. Believe me. Yet she was feeling like an impostor because her she is younger than…

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