Autumnal Flavours: Pumpkin & Shrimp Bisque


Gizmo dares you to try this soup.

I’ve always preferred the word ‘autumn’ to ‘fall’. It’s such a beautifully romantic word and rolls off the tongue with a sense of majesty which, for me, is exactly what the changing season deserves. ‘Fall,’ whilst apt (what do the leaves do? Duh) is just a little too short-syllabled, a little too basic for my tastes. No matter what you want to call it, with summer long gone and the cold months setting in (especially in London which had an unseasonably late summer and has now snapped to frosty attention), this season calls for root vegetables, warmth and comfort. And so to the humble pumpkin and this soup – warmth, comfort and deliciousness, all in one bowl. Perfection.


Hong Kong, Take 2


As promised, another update from Hong Kong! This time, however, you don’t have to do much reading. Just looking at photos and, oh is that a video? Why yes! Yes it is! Brother gave me this awesome little portable camera for Christmas which is very travel friendly, so I’ve been doing a little filming today. So enough chatter, let’s have some visual material!

For anybody who is uncomfortable with graphic raw and cooked food images, there are a couple in this post, plus a small clip in the video – just so you know. You have been warned! And so on we go…


My Muffcakes Bring All The Boys To The Yard


Sometimes you are given a challenge so great, so wondrous, that you can do nothing but throw all caution to the wind, grasp it by its metaphorical horns, pull it close, look it in the eye and say, “you’re mine, beeatch”. If you’d like to smack it on the arse at this point as well you have every right to, because a challenge is a challenge, a chance to show the world who’s boss of this kitchen; and today, friends, today that boss is me and four other worthy competitors.

It’s the Muffcake Challenge.


Project Food Blog Entry 7: Video 411 – Nom Time with Feeder Lady & Nom Man


And so, my friends, I’m back again to thank you for helping me get through to round 7 of Project Food Blog, hosted by Foodbuzz.com and to tell you how much I appreciate it. I can’t even tell you just how much. Thank you for all of your votes and lovely comments! In this round we were asked to create a video of us cooking something, whether from the archives or new.

Whenever I think of instructional videos I can’t help but think about when I was growing up and used to watch countless children’s TV shows – in fact I still watch countless children’s TV shows – but one in particular that stood out for me was Blue Peter. Blue Peter is now much changed, but when I was a young ‘un it was THE show to head home to – it was just so cool and you, by association, were at least 5% cooler, too. So for my video entry I wanted to do a little nod to kids’ TV shows. Let the silliness ensue.