A few weeks ago, I found myself sat quite spontaneously in the audience of a free talk at the Oxford Literature Festival. It was the first day I had ever spent in Oxford; the sun was shining, and being vaguely aware of the festival (though believing it was all academic events ticketed and behind old … Continue reading Read to Me: Why Books Shouldn’t Always be Silent.
Bread. It’s an ancient recipe with countless variations, and it’s always been a staple. Versatile, filling, cheap to make and in most cases delicious to eat, it’s one of those foods which is so good, so reliable, that it’s earned its own unshakeable place in almost every kitchen. And yet I have a confession to … Continue reading An Ode to Bread.
Not my most cheerful title, I realise. But it’s true – if you’ve never had a serious allergy, or never loved someone who does, then you probably haven’t given the topic much thought. And I don’t blame you – neither had I. Almost a year ago, I met my boyfriend, Andrew. I also met the … Continue reading Food Allergies: The Little-Considered Killer
It's getting late, the house is empty, and my stomach's starting to rumble. And what does the warm light of the open fridge tell me? That there's a meal here somewhere. I scan over the almost empty shelves, the loose vegetables in the drawer, the half empty tub of tesco salsa. It's time to get … Continue reading I’m Making it Up
"If music be the food of love, play on" - William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night It's a lovely line - and I can see why everyone knows it - but as much as I like music, I'm going to have to disagree with old Bill on this one. Music is not the way to a person's … Continue reading Food of Love
Whilst I’m frantically trying to navigate the adult world, for lots of us a fresh term of university is starting. During my three years at Durham I learnt rather a lot about cooking on a time and money budget, so for those lucky ones still hitting the books: here are few ways to beat the … Continue reading Superpowers for the Student Kitchen
The majority of people, when asked why they don't cook much, will probably say "I just don't have the time." And often, even if they do have the time, by the end of the day they don't have the energy. It's an excuse that's completely understandable. Finding the time to feed yourself is hard, so … Continue reading Finding Time to Feed Yourself
The other evening we decided to make pizza. We made the dough, the sauce, treated ourselves to the second cheapest mozzarella in Morrison’s, and had a blast putting it all together (with the help of a rather nice bottle of pinot). When we were rolling out the bases, I found myself talking about the last … Continue reading Apron Strings
Food is important. And this, to me, is a rather obvious fact of life. Yet many people don't see this ‘importance’ as anything more than a means for survival. When I say food is important, I mean something beyond the biological need to consume energy. I mean that enjoying food is important: sitting down to … Continue reading Food is Important.