Some of you may know from my Instagram feed that I recently took a two week trip to Japan with my boyfriend and I should let you know that this has been a place that we have been longing to visit for some time now and I was beyond excited to realise my Japanese dream, if only for two weeks. This trip had been at least a year in the making (and several years of dreaming) before we finally touched down in the madness that is Tokyo.
A couple of months back, we took a little trip to Barcelona for a couple of days. While the OH had a conference to attend, I took in the sights, sounds and, most importantly, the tastes of the city. At the moment, with the weather getting increasingly autumnal here in London, I’m beginning to pine for the sunnier climes of Spain and the long, lazy evenings of drinking great wine and tucking into tasty tapas. Feast your eyes on some of the highlights of this vibrant Catalonian city.
My love for Gumbo and a simple search on Amazon for “Creole cooking” threw up an unexpected delight in the form of an Irish-Greek writer who travelled the world and wrote one of the first (if not the first) books on Creole cooking. He seems to have been forgotten somewhat by the western world and the aim of this blogpost is to re-introduce Patrick Lafcadio Hearn and La Cuisine Creole to the culinary world.
This is a hearty pasta and potato soup which I discovered on a recent trip to Italy that has fast become a staple mid-week dinner in my house. A traditional Neopolitan peasant dish, it contains both pasta and potatoes which, to some, may seem a bit excessive on the carb front but it really is a comforting and cheap meal that can be used as a way to use up whatever ingredients you have in your store cupboard. Continue reading