‘Happy’ Birthday

25th March 2017 The European project was begun in earnest 60 years ago today. But the festivities today will be rather muted. As we march through London today, I hope it will be seen as a pro-EU demonstration but cannot ignore its antipathy to out governments apparent negotiating strategy. Let’s suffice today with a brain…

Conviviale

9th January 2017 I bought a raclette machine at uni after having the meal once in France. The meal, the machine and the cheese share a name: raclette. A swiss cheese; a machine with metal paddles in which you can melt slices of the former; and a self-assembled mound of potatoes and ham, covered in…

Maintaining Momentum

31st December 2016 I spent New Year’s Eve with Italians in Cambridge. Our menu for the night included: Butternut squash risotto Grissini Smoked salmon Cured hams Two polenta dishes: one with cheese, one with sausages in a tomato sauce Pannetone And a freshly baked pear cake It was quite a feast. And enough to stave…

HCA

December 2016 There is a man in the east London borough of Hackney who has been feeding the hungry and trying to bring together his compatriots since before I was born. In fact, my father was only ten when Turkish soldiers landed in northern Cyprus and my parents had only just met the year the…