Cooking with Cupid

Whether you’re celebrating a long-term relationship or looking for a fun Valentine’s Day date night idea, try ‘Cooking with Cupid’. The Valentine’s cookery class is available at the Avenue Cookery School in Wandsworth and you’ll be cooking and eating a three-course dinner, including treats such as this delicious cold lemon soufflé with a pistachio crumb.

5 Last-Minute Foodie Gifts

Christmas is creeping up on us and I’m sure we all have a few presents that have eluded us so far. Well, not to fear, here are some amazing foodie favourites, which can all be purchased locally or ordered in time for Christmas.

Salmon Red Curry

Thai restaurant Giggling Squid is opening in Wimbledon Village this month, and co-founder Pranee Laurillard has shared one of the dishes on the menu so you can recreate a Thai feast at home. We love the use of traditional Thai spices to pep up the healthy salmon and vegetables.

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.