Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey and Beef Bourguignon à la Hassan

As a food lover, it’s pretty exciting to see that food movies are becoming more and more of a thing.  The latest contribution is The Hundred-Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, whose previous food-related films include Chocolat.  The Hundred-Foot Journey follows young refugee Hassan (Manish Dayal) whose family has fled from the politically-motivated destruction of […]

Britain’s Best Bakery Cookbook and Turtle Cheesecake

Apparently, Britain has rediscovered baking.  From the home baking inspired by the Great British Bake Off to Britain’s Best Bakery, which highlights the variety of bakeries in Britain, it’s cool these days!  I’ve always loved seeing the variety of British food traditions – everything from classic Battenberg cakes to Greek-inspired bakes and artisan bread bakeries.  […]

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Cupcakes

By two totally objective measures, autumn has arrived.  The first is that the neighbourhood school is now back in session.  I was definitely a bit sad to have our peace and quiet from the local school ended after the break, but it feels like those dreamy, loose unplanned summer days are ending.  Which is sad, […]

What If and Chocolate Chip Cookies

The ad that I saw for What If described it as the best romantic comedy since 500 Days of Summer: unfortunately, What If has nothing of the humour and insight of 500 Days of Summer and in addition to being a bad mood, buys into some fairly horrible cultural narratives.  But at least it makes […]

Glorious Layered Desserts and Salted Caramel Sauce

I tend to be partial to a baked dessert – it’s probably for several reasons.  The first is that it’s really easy to send off a baked cookie or brownie – not so much with a trifle.  If I made a lovely pudding saucy layered dessert, I’d have to eat it myself.  Which is something […]

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Every once in awhile, I realise that I really need to start baking with the stuff that I had previously bought when browsing through the grocery story – you know, the stuff that I pick up because it’s different or cute or because I assume that I’ll come up with something to use it.  And […]

Pizza Express Autumn and Christmas Menu

There is nothing less quintessentially British than Pizza Express.  A staple of the British high street, it’s pretty much an easy, friendly place to bring a group of friends for a meal.  I admit that when my vegetarian sister comes to visit, it’s definitely a go-to since I know that Beardy Fiance can get his […]