A native to Vermont, Aaryn found her way to London via San Francisco and Florence, and although her American accent will fool you, she’s Italian at heart. A lifetime spent travelling and a childhood around food means it's played a big part in finding common ground in any country. In this wonderful food memory, Aaryn talks about her discovery of the power of food to comfort and bring people together, and brings us a recipe for the dish.
Sophie spent her childhood years in South Africa, where the blazing sun meant traditional family meals of barbecues and salads. She now lives in Brixton, South London and spends her weekends cooking hearty feasts for her friends. Here, Soph tells us about meal times in SA, and her Mum’s pesto risotto.
We all have a food or ingredient that transports us back to a moment or place in time. It's often not the fancy, fine-dining restaurant meal, but rather something simple and unexpected that sticks with us - it's about emotion, and how we we can connect back to those moments with a single dish. I’m gathering a collection to capture and share the joy of food memories, this one's from my old housemate, and very dear friend, Chris.
London’s favourite native New-Yorker, Natalia Ribbe-Szrok - radio presenter, Ladies in Restaurants co-founder, and all round food-obsessive - talks new beginnings, couch surfing, and finding comfort in a very English tradition.
Food is evocative and a single ingredient can transport us back to a moment from our past in a whoosh of nostalgia. From conversations at the table, I've gathered a collection of memories from foodies, friends, chefs and critics. This one comes from Simon Dougan - chef, mentor, and the man responsible for my introduction to food, Simon's work championing Northern Irish produce and showcasing local talent has recently earned him an MBE. This week, as Simon collects his well-deserved Royal Appointment, it's an honour to have him share his story.
Food is evocative. Long lost memories tangled up in a single dish or ingredient - the sight or smell whisking us straight back to a moment from our past in a flurry of nostalgia.
I could write my entire life's biography based on food memories alone, but one in particular stands out as it brings me back to the moment I first fell in love with food...