Month: January 2010

Dealing with January: Lomo con Leche (Pork cooked in milk)

I hate to open a post on a negative, it’s not my style. Especially, on what is my first proper post of 2010 (hello 2010!). However, here it is: don’t you just HATE January? I mean, really hate it. I’ve always struggled with January. I feel I need someone to lift the sky. Did someone remove one of the tent poles that was keeping it high off my head? And what have they done to the colour? Where is the light? Why is everything so grim? Someone please put it back to the way it was! I’m getting desperate. Nearly four weeks of it now, and it’s still going on. I feel a little miserable. I remember as a child hearing about an Irish professional cyclist (yes, you did read right), who spent 6 months abroad over Winter every year, and the remaining 6 months in Ireland. As an adult with a healthy does of realism, I can see now that that was most likely a tax ploy, but as a child I thought: genius! …

Farewell to 2009! Another Year Over [Part 5]

And so, not so speedily to the conclusion, the final part of the 2009 roundup. I left you mid-way through September, where I was now becoming firmly established at the market and enjoying the camraderie, meeting customers, and they liked the food. Fantastic and heart warming, it urged me to continue, given I had the time now in the absence of work. Some lovely people came back and told me how much they had enjoyed it. Long time readers introduced themselves, including one lovely lady that was visiting from the US. I really got a buzz from it, even when up at 5am. And folks, I am no morning person. The year would not be complete without speaking of the Blaggers’ Banquet. Conceived one night at an Action Against Hunger launch, we proceeded to take over Hawksmoor, some weeks later, and cook and serve all of the food, took care of the drinks, had an auction, and ran the auction online for a month following. It was perfectly imperfect. Perfect because the diners loved it, …

Action Against Hunger: Emergency Campaign in Haiti

Action Against Hunger got in touch today about their emergency campaign Haiti, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you. These poor people had nothing to begin with and now with the earthgquake the country is devestated. They need all of our help. Whatever you can donate will be very well received. HAITI EARTHQUAKE: ACTION AGAINST HUNGER MOUNTS EMERGENCY RESPONSE International humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger | ACF International is putting in motion an emergency response to help the survivors of the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti yesterday. An emergency response team is on its way to reinforce the 100 ACF field workers already on the ground, and additional emergency supplies, including water, sanitation relief equipment and food supplies will be flown in later today. ACF’s immediate priority is to ensure its entire staff is safe. The organisation’s offices have been severely damaged, many of its supplies have been destroyed and communication channels are down. ACF teams on the ground are preparing to assess the damage and evaluate the needs of the …

Farewell to 2009! Another Year Over [Part 4]

Boooo! I’m back. I’m back with the last portion of my round up. Can you take it? It’s been quite a few days since my last one, mainly due to unsavoury things like work, unpacking, and all of those dreaded things like L-A-U-N-D-R-Y.  Those perpetually boring and dreary tasks. I am not even half way through and I am doing it slowlly but if I start to write I feel guilty for skiving, sheesh. A girl can only do so much before losing her mind so I am back for a little post. Forgive me if I whizz through this installment. Back to the kaleidoscopic tour of my 2009. A year full of food, wine, extreme busy-ness, a smattering of chaos and a small bit of travel. I left you last at August. I was just about to begin my market stall at Covent Garden Real Food Market. Well, I say just about to begin, all that I knew then was that I would be doing it just once. I was working at the time …

Farewell to 2009! Another Year Over [Part 3]

Farewell to 2009! Another Year Over [Part 3] A smattering of lost January, June, July and a little bit of August I was a bit remiss in the first portion of my 2009 round up forgetting a number of things that happened at the start of 2009. Little things like an enormous wine tasting taking over the entire Saatchi Gallery from Bibendum Wine which was an amazing introduction to so many wines. The gallery was divided into rooms, champagne room, fine wines room, French room and many more. Not content with having all of this wine to sample, we also had a Twitter Taste Live there a multi location wine tasting where tasting notes are shared online in 140 characters, over twitter. It was fantastic fun. Anthony Rose, wine  writer for The Independent joined us for a while. I had lunch beforehand at Scotts of Mayfair, which was perfectly nice, but didn’t blow me away, and a mention in the Independent in June 2009 as a Grub 2.0 food blogs to devour, which was another …