A week in London

I confess, I can be kinda terrible at this content planning thing (in my personal life, anyway – it’s kinda my job at work). It can be difficult to find the time, will and energy to write things to a deadline when you’re doing it for yourself. You can’t force the chatty voice or thoughtful…

Friday date night at Oxford Brasserie, Southampton

Going out to dinner is one of my favourite ways to indulge. I spend most of my waking hours thinking about food in some way, whether it’s planning a menu for my week of home cooked meals, thinking about how best to avoid disappointment in the work canteen, or giving into my garlic pizza bread…

The true meaning of Valentine’s Day

I’m the kind of person that isn’t really sure about romance. I don’t quite buy into the soppy declarations of love, the nauseating social media posts or the heavy-handed commercialised message that gets thrust down our throats as the 14th of February comes hurtling round again. I saw a heart-shaped punnet of strawberries in a…

HDL COOKS: Dijon cream chicken with duck fat roast potatoes

If there’s anything I pride myself on, other than my rapid mental absorption of odd facts akin to one of the QI elves, it’s my roast potatoes. I’ve tried many a roastie, and I’ve met many a person who stubbornly will not concede that anything but their mum’s roast potatoes are the best. Until they’ve…

HDL COOKS: Chilli Con Carne

As much as I am a clear introvert, and my kitchen is often where I retreat to be alone with my ideas, I love to cook for people. Part desire to show off, part innate need to please everyone I hold dear, part teaching opportunity for anyone unlucky enough to be in the vicinity, there…

23 things I’ve learned in 23 years

This week, I turned 23. I’m kind of at a point in my life where I don’t think birthdays are really much of a big deal to me. They don’t yet inspire dread, but they’re just a benchmark with which to measure how much of the year has passed. I had a wonderful, relaxed day,…

HDL COOKS: Chicken Arrabbiata Pasta

I promise that one of these days I’ll do a recipe for something that’s not pasta. Maybe. It’s just that I love pasta so much (well, most pasta anyway – don’t get me started on spaghetti). It’s quick, cheap, versatile, and most importantly, it’s delicious. I’d happily kiss the person who first thought that boiling…

Lymington Seafood Festival 13th August

Well this post has been long overdue! This past week I’ve just been a bit busy sorting out my home and preparing for the end of my post-graduation unemployment, so I completely forgot about the fun I had last weekend in the quaint little place of Lymington. Now the autumnal weather is returning (did anyone…

HDL COOKS: Thick and Fluffy American-Style Pancakes

You know you’re starting to reach adulthood when your friends start moving away. It doesn’t hit you until people start graduating from university, and you realise that the temporary exit they made from your life is becoming permanent. Last week, one of my good friends moved out of Southampton and into the capital, and I…

HDL COOKS: Thai Peanut Chicken with Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles

When I received my spiralizer (a generous Christmas gift from my bestie’s family), I vowed that every week, I would make myself a delicious, spiralized meal. Now, while I definitely haven’t kept that promise, I have more than made up for it in the excellent quality of meals that I have used my spiralizer for….