Of all the many delicious dishes I enjoyed in Sri Lanka last summer, it’s the meals at Tamarind Gardens homestay, in the dry-zone near to Kandy, that really stand out. Partly because it was here that, by hanging around the kitchen and watching the cooks at work, I got a better idea of the ingredients, flavours and techniques that go to make Sri Lanka’s most popular dishes… Continue reading
Willy Wonka had it easy, compared to Grenada’s artisan chocolatier Mott Green.
Sure, Wonka had to deal with awful Veruca Salt and vermicious Knids, but he didn’t have to make his chocolate in the heat and humidity of the Caribbean, and on an island that has the most expensive electricity supply in the world.
[This appeared first on ttgdigital.com]It’s not very often I’m defeated by dessert. But a Death By Chocolate platter at L’Etranger restaurant – comprising eight cocoa-rich creations –proved a pud too far for even me.
L’Etranger on London’s Gloucester Road serves an intriguing fusion of French and Japanese cuisine, with a wine list that features gourmet sakes in addition to more than 1,000 wines from France and beyond.
As if my taking six years to visit The Duke of Cambridge wasn’t pathetic enough, the ethical wizardry of another well-established London restaurant has only recently been drawn to my attention.
The Hoxton Apprentice, I learnt, was set up in 2004 by a charity called Training For Life, along with social entrepreneur Gordon D’Silva and one of my favourite chefs, Prue Leith. It gives professional training through a paid apprenticeship programme for the long-term unemployed, to help young people… Continue reading
So, after six years living in North London a hop, skip and a jump from the Duke of Cambridge organic pub in Angel, I finally made it there for dinner this week…now that I live four miles south of the river.
The pub has a staggering list of awards and credentials, including being the only UK pub certified by the Soil Association; creator of the first fish policy to gain Marine Conservation Society approval; London Dining… Continue reading
We’ve finally got our shiny Eco Kettle up and running. We got it as a free gift from Ecoswitch.com when we changed our energy supplier to Ecotricity a few months ago; I’m not quite sure why it took three months to arrive but it’s here now and that’s the main thing.
I’ve just got back from a fascinating trip to Copenhagen – it was my first visit to the city and I was blown away by the commitment the city and its residents have made to sustainability. I visited several fantastic organic restaurants, including BioMio, where menus emphasise the immune-boosting, energy-boosting or libido-boosting properties of every dish, and even an organic hot-dog stand, Doep.
My first box of fresh produce from Farm Direct arrived yesterday which was hugely exciting.
Joining a ‘veg box’ scheme has been on my list of green things I really ought to do for a couple of years but when I checked it out it seemed extremely restrictive – having to commit to the same thing every week, prohibitively expensive, or limited in what they offer.
But at the Camden Green Fair a few weeks back I visited the Farm… Continue reading