Chasing the last light of summer, I escaped for a weekend to the hills of Tuscany to celebrate my birthday with a few friends. We stayed in the breathtaking Vita Nova Casa Vacanze, chilled by the pool and ate way too many platters of Tuscan antipasto misto. We also participated in a truffle hunt with Pedro the Lagotto Romagnolo – organised by Mugello & Tuscany – along with a pasta masterclass to cook with our haul. I hope you enjoy this video:
Sometimes I think back to all the times my parents warned me not to meet strangers from the Internet. Sorry, mum and dad, but I've made many friends and happy memories from online communities – united by a love of food, travel and photography. A perfect example: last weekend, I met up with Supal (of Chevrons & Eclairs) and Katie (of QKatie), two talented ladies who have moved to London from the States. How would we have ever connected without platforms like Instagram?
Together we whipped up a feast fit for kings and queens upon a sunny rooftop garden. Supal used her mother's recipe for kabab koobideh with mint yoghurt, while Katie served up an incredible vegetable tart with a sweet potato crust. I assembled a heritage tomato and mozzarella salad and my boyfriend Nathaniel grilled lamb chops, heritage carrots (drizzled with tahini and pomegranate seeds) and corn on the cob.
We had such fun planning and cooking together, that we decided to make this a regular thing! We are calling it #FeastByThree and I already can't wait for the next beautiful meeting.
A little rain stops no-one, especially driven folk like Clerkenwell Boy and Lily Vanilli. Some of the best bakers and chefs in London joined forces today to sell an impressive array of baked goods to raise funds for those in need in Syria and the region. A brilliant turnout on Columbia Road – a big congrats to everyone involved!