Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Appearing at Bury St. Edmunds theatre next week

I'm doing a show at the Theatre Royal Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk next week Tuesday 8th of September.
I'll be talking about supper clubs, my books, eating less meat, food trends, how to be a blogger, food photography, how to plan a dinner party and my journey through the world of food. There will be a chance to buy signed copies of my books.
Later in the show, Nick Adams, master of wine for and I will be discussing wine; what goes with curry, why German wines are underestimated, what to drink with smoked salmon, and hopefully turning a few clichéd ideas about wine on its head. You'll also get to taste some wine.
The theatre itself is an original Regency theatre, an absolutely beautiful architectural gem, and this evening is raising funds for its restoration and upkeep.
If you live anywhere near the area, please do come and show your support!
Tickets are from £8.50p to £16.50p Book here or phone the box office: 01284769505

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Jamaican Chocolate Tea recipe in House and Garden

Jamaican chocolate tea
This weekend the Notting Hill carnival, the largest outdoor street party in Europe, took place. Unfortunately summer in the UK appears to have finished rather abruptly, it poured with rain, so you are more likely to want a hot drink than a tropical rum punch. To that end here is a Caribbean recipe for- not hot chocolate but chocolate 'tea' which is made with water rather than milk. You can buy the authentic ingredients, cinnamon leaves, chocolate pastilles, a little overproofed rum, at Caribbean shops. Follow the link to House and Garden for the recipe which appears in MsMarmitelover's Secret Tea Party. I have a whole chapter on drinks in the book, from teapot cocktails, to Georgian punch, to all the different kinds of tea.
I'm one of the judges for the Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge. The competition is open to amateurs and professionals and one of the prizes is a trip to Grenada!
You can buy the chocolate tea kit here.
Jamaican chocolate tea

Sunday, 30 August 2015

How to make sure you are getting your due and protecting your rights as a writer and photographer

Here is a little piece I wrote for ALCS on my marmite cupcake recipe rip off (click here) on the etiquette of naming your sources when writing a recipe.
If you are a published writer or journalist it is worth joining ALCs, the Authors and Licensing Collecting Society. It costs nothing to join as your membership fee is taken from the first royalty payment.
You should also, if you are an author, join PLR, Public Lending Right, which makes sure you get royalties when your books are borrowed at Public Librairies. Membership is free.
If you are a photographer, join DACS, The Design and Artists Copyright Society, again registration is free.

More food writing advice in my book Get Started in Food Writing (Hodder 2015)

"Full of blunt, good advice" Sheila Dillon BBC Radio 4