Christmas Day Dining

Don’t want to be up at dawn preparing a turkey? Here’s our pick of local restaurants open on Christmas Day so you can sit back and relax and let someone else worry about all the cooking and washing up

Snickerdoodle Dandies

Everybody loves making cookies. I grew up in America and have fond memories helping my mother make snickerdoodles. Now I’ve developed my own recipe and can look forward to making them with my own grandchildren.

Top Local Take-aways

If you don’t fancy standing out in the cold and getting startled by the fashes and bangs of firework night, how about a quiet night in with food from one of our favourite takeaway locations?

An American on Bonfire Night

This year will be my first Bonfire Night, and only recently did I learn what that actually is. My only point of reference was Hollywood’s interpretation in V for Vendetta, which vaguely hints at Guy Fawkes and that fateful night in 1605. When I heard about the dazzling displays of fireworks and countless bonfires, it … read more

Haweli of Belmont

There’s nothing quite like a little spice to warm up a chilly autumn evening, so it seemed a perfect time for a visit to Haweli of Belmont – somewhere that had often been recommended to me but that I’d never quite got around to trying…

Top 7 Local Pizzerias

A great local pizzeria is something that everyone should have ready on hand. Here is our pick of the best local pizzerias. MOTHER Cult Copenhagen pizza restaurant, Mother, has chosen to launch its first international restaurant in Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village. If you do pop by, make sure you try its famous Seawater … read more

Ginger and Chocolate Plait

Excerpted from GBBO winner Candice Brown’s new Cookbook: “It’s safe to say I have had a love/hate relationship with chocolate bread but this, rich in chocolate and cinnamon, with the fieriness of ginger, has restored my faith in chocolate loveliness in all its plaited splendour. My Grandad loved crystallised ginger and we used to laugh as … read more

Orange and Hibiscus Madeleines

The Great British Bake Off  winner Candice Brown comes up with the ultimate sandwich box treat. “I love France, everything and anything French, and j’adore Paris! I first tried madeleines on a school trip to France and loved the simplicity of them along with a bowl of hot chocolate. Now when I make them, they … read more

The ‘South Side Swizzler’

Popular bar and eaterie, Balans, have just opened their seventh branch in Clapham, with late-opening hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In honour of the opening, they created a new cocktail called ‘South Side Swizzler’; we asked them to reveal the recipe for you to enjoy at home.

Tantalising Tiramisu

Emulate ‘la dolce vita’ with this sumptuous tiramisu recipe from leading local chef, Katharine Eldridge, who runs the Surrey-based Quince House Cookery School.  This classic Italian dessert – literally meaning “pick me up” – is an uplifting blend of Marsala, espresso coffee, mascarpone cheese and chocolate; yum!