The State of the School Lunchbox

Please, Just Educate Us Food: probably one of your last, your next or your current thoughts. However, between clean eating and rising obesity we now find our relationship with it as problematic as common room politics. It can be hard to know what to pack a lunch box with: a Special K bar, quinoa, a…

Vegan Eating: Our Saving Graze

I once dared you to go vegan, but I’m now knees to floor, hands at your feet, begging you to do so. Or perhaps I can convince you standing. Here’s the thing. After a Christmas of brandy butter, cheddar cheese and confit duck à Paris, I, overnight, stamped the big V on my life. And for…

Mung Bean Munching

Note to self: in the future when your mum tells you she’s going to do a ten day mung bean detox to kick start the New Year don’t say ‘that sounds like fun, I’ll join you.’ Fun is not the word. Perhaps self-sacrificing would be better, garnished with some virtuosity. For those unsure on what a…

Edesia’s* Kingdom

Italy, Italy, Italy. I think I may have found my spiritual home. Having spent three and a half weeks travelling from Venice to the Amalfi Coast, England now feels damp and a little isolated. It was a glorious combination of sun-people-scenery-culture and of course food! The tour began in Venice, and my, did it begin…

Restaurant Bites (Edinburgh)

This summer I was up in Edinburgh for the Fringe, and wondering why it’s taken me seventeen years to go. Not only is it one of the coolest cities, the festival is awesome! And we only had to walk out of one act (a bizarre history lesson where they really misunderstood that spoken word doesn’t just mean speaking)….

A Birthday in Bilbao

The time has come: I can finally get ‘I ♥ smashed avocado’ tattooed across my chest without parental consent. Also keeping my fingers crossed that they call me up for jury duty. To celebrate the big 18 my mum and I took a trip to Bilbao. It’s a gorgeous little city in northern Spain where people…

The Art of the Lunchbox #4

The Colour of Flavour Something that seems to scare people when I try to persuade them to make their own lunch is knowing what will go together. ‘But how’, said a friend, ‘am I to know that squash, feta, pomegranate and pesto will all be nice.’ However, I believe this to be an unwarranted fear…

Wedding Crumbs

The Making of a Wedding Cake Last summer my mum got re-married and asked me if I would make her wedding cake. Excited I agreed, and we enlisted the help of my soon-to-be auntie Jackie – who is a master at icing. However, I’m afraid this is not a blog post about the humorous-horror that entailed…

Munch

Tamari Chicken with Eggy-Kale-Rice This is a super simple meal that’s great for dinner, or cold the next day for lunch. Healthy, speedy and tasty – what more could you want. Serves four 4 organic, free range chicken breast 1 – 2 cups of brown rice (depending how hungry you are) 3 large handfuls of…

Restaurant Bites

Spoke and Stringer, Bristol I often go up to stay with my Bristol-based auntie, and I think on every visit we’ve come here (embarrassed, she promises me we’ll go somewhere else next time). Be it for a cheeky cocktail, a Sunday brunch or an almond latte after a run. It’s a rustic little place right…

The Not So Sunny BBQ

Around comes July and up go the umbrellas, but we did not let the cloudy skies deter us from a weekend BBQ. With an extra fire to keep of the chills the menu was as follows: Rosé and vegetable crisps The most delicious local pork sausages Halloumi kebabs Butternut squash with pesto, feta and pomegranate…

The Art of the Lunchbox #3

Glorious Grains They’re the things lurking in the back of your cupboard: the buckwheat you bought because you were curious, lentils (yes, not technically a grain) when you were on that diet, and quinoa because… well what is quinoa? These can now all stand tall as your lunch time saviours. If you have grains and a…