Thursday, 30 September 2010

Bill's Basics

I'm not usually one to brag (well, not too much), but when you get to spend a night with Bill Granger, you can't NOT share the love!  There is quite the air of "Bill Mania" in London at the moment - you can't open a magazine or read a blog without seeing his name.  And never has it been such a good thing!

hanging with bill

Bill's latest promo for his new book Bill's Basics (a collection of his favourite 100 recipes, all pared down literally to the "basics"), was a cooking demonstration/book signing at Waterstones Piccadilly and what a lovely time we all had.  Bill really is as lovely and friendly in the flesh as he seems on TV and to have him here in London, sharing him with only 30 or so others was quite a special feeling.

in the kitchen

Tonight he wowed us with Lemon Chicken, Fish Cakes and Plum & Blackberry pudding.  Being the basic recipes that they are, all 3 dishes were prepared within an hour and all delicious in their own right - but personally, the fish cakes blew my mind - who would have thought the humble salmon fishcake could be so fresh and zingy!  It will be straight to Waitrose for me tomorrow stocking up on ingredients. 

what was left of pudding...yum!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


I have been dreaming of this first post for a long while, after spending many a day drooling over the likes of Emma Bradshaw ( and Gourmet Chick (  But first things first, I need to figure out how to make this page just as beautiful - stay tuned!