February 1, 2018

You cannot fail to notice the new branch of Comptoir Libanais on The Oracle riverside.

A multi-coloured glittering box with a terrace, it looks exciting.

And it is – for packed into this little box are all the colours, flavours and smells of Lebanese food, the most under...

February 1, 2018

It's not often you get invited to a Michelin-starred chef's home. And when he is going to cook for you too, well that's some experience.

But that's what happened to lucky H&D who were invited by TV chef Daniel Galmiche to his home in Berkshire to get a preview of his pr...

February 1, 2018

Click here to read about the fabulous igloos at The Great House in Sonning

November 16, 2016

So Pride of Reading 2016 is over and what a fine time we had. Great winners, superb entertainment and lots of emotion.

It is a lot of work to produce and takes over your life, especially in the last few weeks before awards day.

There is nothing you can do when dancers fa...

July 7, 2016

It was my dad's favourite dish - a big plate of creamy, smoky kedgeree.

My mum didn't make it that often as it was a recipe his mum made frequently and I think my mum knew hers was never as good.

I made it for the first time in ages last night and it was so good I h...

May 21, 2015

It’s not and never will be the cheapest deal in town, because that’s not what Mal is about. It’s about a little glitz and glamour mixed with great drinks and food.



For me, Malmaison is a proper Friday night place. I often pop in for a cocktail or a drink after work an...

May 7, 2015


To cater for 11 people is a challenge at the best of times.To do it from a small kitchen in a narrow mews house is fabulous. And to feed them 13 varied, imaginative courses - yes you read right, 13 - is simply amazing. And when those courses are all Catalonian food, w...

May 7, 2015


Have you ever wished you had pal who lived in London and would give up their whole weekend to show you around like only a Londoner can?

You know, someone who could take you to those little-known gems – boutiques, restaurants and cafes? Who can also point you in the dir...

May 7, 2015


One of the great benefits of living in Reading is your proximity to so many places.

With the Cotswolds just a couple of hours away from here with its rolling hills and pretty stone-built villages it’s the perfect place for a weekend break – and I’ve found the perfect p...

May 5, 2015


There’s nothing like working sweet dough.

It slides across the work board almost plopping off the end, it sticks to your hands and in between your fingers and you are not sure this can ever end up in a smooth ball that isn’t like Superglue.

But with the right technique...

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