Upper Volta without rockets

Porridge has gone upmarket in London. This basic gruel has been elevated to high culinary art, restaurants and cafes engaged in an escalating one-upmanship of Pimp My Sludge. Porridge with baked banana, yoghurt, pistachio and date syrup. Coconut porridge with activated almonds (that’s almonds soaked in water for 24 hours and dried at low heat), … Continue reading Upper Volta without rockets


Signum Crucis

If appearances are deceptive, the Pontifical Swiss Guard are why. They may look like extras from a Renaissance period film, but the troubadour-like uniforms betray these gilt-edged soldiers. With five centuries of near uninterrupted service under their bandoliers, the guards are one of the oldest functioning military units in the world. They have survived annihilation … Continue reading Signum Crucis

The readers of Horse and Hound will be absolutely delighted

Earlier this year, I visited the New York office for three months on a work assignment. This visit was the first time I’d spent any significant length of time in the US since I relocated from Connecticut to London in 2003. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the “old country”, especially its food. … Continue reading The readers of Horse and Hound will be absolutely delighted