I’ve just finished planning a party.

I’ve just finished planning a party. All completely academic, you understand, but exciting nonetheless. I have identified 12 of my favourite people, mentally rented tables, chairs and lanterns and set up the antipasti grazing table (prosciutto, salami, olives, sliced manchego and chunked parmesan, slices of ripe melon, brined artichokes, crusty bread and really good oliveContinue reading “I’ve just finished planning a party.”

A Christmas Market-Inspired Party

Outdoor entertaining at Christmastime is usually reserved for the magical, twinkly markets put on in places such as Germany and Austria. Sparkly, warm, and overwhelmingly festive, these markets provide the perfect inspiration for a small back garden party. Homemade soft pretzels with senf, the ubiquitous German condiment (or the closest thing we could get toContinue reading “A Christmas Market-Inspired Party”

Festive Italian Feast

Christmas entertaining doesn’t need to be formal, particularly for get-togethers with friends around the festive period. This rustic and cosy Italian-inspired menu is low-stress, and a fabulous feast for 6. Rosemary grows wild everywhere in Italy, but it’s also a herb that feels very Christmassy.  Echo the rosemary theme in the food by adding aContinue reading “Festive Italian Feast”

Thanksgiving Round-Up

I love Thanksgiving. No matter how long I live in the UK, I will celebrate it every year. Surrounded by lots of incredible food and the people you love, and taking a moment to be thankful for something in your life – what could possibly be better?! I’m very lucky to have friends who areContinue reading “Thanksgiving Round-Up”

Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries

A classic appetizer, but this would also be a fabulous and unexpected dinner party menu. Some really good cold ham, piles of good-quality mini gherkins, a crisp bitter salad and lots of cold Champagne… Quantity-wise, one 4″ wheel will do for six as an appetizer. As a main, it will feed two generously. Ingredients ForContinue reading “Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries”

BBQ Leg of Lamb

The instructions that follow are for a gas BBQ, but this recipe works just as well with charcoal which requires a bit of manual charcoal shifting to achieve the right heat distribution. This recipe also works in the oven – just preheat to 200C / 400F and you are in business. I ate this lambContinue reading “BBQ Leg of Lamb”