“Oh, Lardy, Lardy” in praise of fat

It’s cold. It may not have snowed here in London but when the sun disappears in the late afternoon, the chill ices into your bones. Middle daughter and I suffer from bad circulation that materialises in white fingertips when the temperature drops below 10C and white toes when it hits minus figures. Thawing is mildly painful as the extremities turn bruising blue before returning to pink. Middle daughter doesn’t do hot either. She is a temperate child. The family GP, a pragmatist at the best of times, diagnosed a possible mild form of Raynaud’s syndrome where the arteries spasm and blood flow is reduced. His recommendation is that if I didn’t want surgery to cut the nerves in the back of my neck, then I should wear gloves. I do, regularly. Continue reading ““Oh, Lardy, Lardy” in praise of fat”

Urban Charm – a canal-side lunch

Home made pizza and craft ales
Home made pizza and craft ales

In London, storm Doris has blown out of our lives and left us picking up the pieces. No serious damage, just twigs blown off trees and a few hoardings left roaming the streets. Having been trapped indoors for a couple of days listening to the wind howling in the chimneys, the sight of a blue sky, had us harnessing up Dog and striding out across the marshes to the Crate Brewery & Pizzeria in Hackney Wick. Continue reading “Urban Charm – a canal-side lunch”

The Best of British: Fashion and Apples – a pudding to satisfy cravings

Bramleys to the Ready
Bramleys to the Ready

It’s London Fashion week and venues across the city are thronged by pale, waif-like figures swinging glossy carrier bags, faces shrouded behind dark glasses. This bi-annual event has this year coincided with the first signs of spring. After weeks of single figure temperatures and frosty mornings, a high of 11C seems almost balmy. Padded coats, swathes of scarves and knitted hats are being discarded, and many of us standard-sized human beings are becoming aware of  the tightness of our jeans and the realisation that summer fashions are just around the corner. So what, you may ask has this got to do with baked apples? Continue reading “The Best of British: Fashion and Apples – a pudding to satisfy cravings”

Blessed Are The Cheesemakers – the journey to cheese heaven

La Cave à Fromage
La Cave à Fromage

I love cheese. Do you? Cheese would be my luxury item if the BBC ever cast me away on their desert island. Continue reading “Blessed Are The Cheesemakers – the journey to cheese heaven”