Season’s Eatings – Gizzi Erskine | Cookbooks
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I make no secret of the fact that I’m a fangirl for Gizzie Erskine. I love the chilled-out, cool vibe she lets colour both the style of her food and her own personal look. I love that she seems to have such an insatiable desire to explore and enjoy the culinary world. Most of all, I like that she’s unafraid of being just a little bit weird in an industry that can occasionally come across as manicured within an inch … Read More

Noma: My Perfect Storm | Documentary
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Few of us will have the funds or the free time to travel the world visiting the restaurants officially touted the best, though it’s certainly a nice dream. Despite swinging a personal pendulum between despising pretension in food and admiring the dedication it takes to care intensely about the placement of each micro-herb leaf, Copenhagen’s Noma always ticked a lot of boxes for me. In the new documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, my inclination to applaud more than scoff is fully … Read More

The Ten (Food) Commandments by Jay Rayner | Book Review
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On MasterChef, when contestants have the anxious challenge of feeding food critics, there’s something intensely comforting about the presence of Jay Rayner. It may make no difference to those plating up with trembling fingers, but as a viewer his seat at the table is something of a relief. He’s no less honest than his fellow diners, but Jay’s common sense approach to food is what elevates his significant likability above his curmudgeonly co-critics. The reason? He genuinely seems to adore … Read More

On Not-So-Guilty Food Pleasures
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In yesterday’s Guardian, food writer Felicity Cloake wrote about how people have stopped inviting her to dinner. Not because they no longer want her company, but because someone whose obsession with food has become their career must surely snub everyday food, right? You might disappoint them. Professional food addicts hate the ordinary, don’t they? Never, she explains. Not that she was dissing her friends’ cooking, but there is something relieving about not feeling you have to pander to those with … Read More

Japanese Food Haul
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I make no secret of my obsession with overseas food. It is by far my favourite section of any supermarket, and I really love supermarkets. It’s borderline embarrassing how much food I used to bring back from America when I was spending inordinate amounts of time there. It’s like travelling without moving. Packaging with unusual artwork or a language you don’t understand, an ingredients list full of stuff you probably shouldn’t ingest and yet you can’t say no. I’ve never … Read More

Chicken with Garlic and Cucumber Recipe | Chinese New Year
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Today marks Chinese New Year. If 2016 didn’t quite start the way you hoped, feel free to co-opt it and grant yourself an official clean slate. You can do that at any point of the year, of course, and I do. But sometimes it’s nice to attach to something that sits in calendars. Don’t worry, I’ve been given permission to speak on behalf of the Chinese people. You’re fine. Probably.  If you just feel like getting in the spirit of … Read More

Decluttering Tips for Messy People
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It was mid-December. I looked ahead misty-eyed to what would be two weeks at home with which I could do whatever I chose. “Think of all the productive things you could do around the house,” I said. I thought about all the stuff I’m just too tired to do in the evening. “Imagine the cupboards you could clear out and the overstuffed drawers of rubbish you could empty!” Clean space, clear mind and all that. I had lists of useful … Read More

My 2015 Bookshelf
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In 2015 the large majority of my reading time went to comic books. If I had 30 minutes or so in the evening, more often than not I’d be looking to top up the numbers on my comic reading project, so I didn’t get through as many regular books as I would have liked. I’m looking forward to switching that balance this year. I read a lot more than I wrote about on seibiant.com. When you see something appear here, nine … Read More

Liquid Archives: Karma Cola & Co
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I first came across New Zealand pop brand Karma Cola, part of the larger All Good company, when its gorgeous Barbarella inspired Gingerella Ginger Ale packaging was pointed out to me. I’m a sucker for a beautiful bottle and being a redhead, albeit an unnatural one, I wanted it and wouldn’t be too upset if the drink itself wasn’t up to scratch. The drinks available in Britain – Karma Cola, Lemony Lemonade and Gingerella – are all licenced to be manufactured … Read More

Shop the Trend: Autumn Hibernation
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One of my most favourite things about autumn is that it becomes socially acceptable again to spend your evenings in bed or on the couch in full-on hibernation mode. Not that you necessarily need anyone’s permission to do it during spring or summer, and I do. But for a highly warm-blooded creature such as myself, it’s always infinitely more satisfying to hibernate when it’s actually cold enough to crawl under a blanket and stay there. As the evenings get chillier, … Read More

The Ratatouille from Ratatouille
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There is nothing more evocative than food memories from film and TV. I wrote a whole post on my favourites, which included the beautifully animated food from the Disney-Pixar movie Ratatouille. Ever since I first watched it I’ve wanted to recreate that final meal of gently baked vegetables that brings a tear to the sullen and immovable food critic’s eye. I finally got round to it. There are several recipes dotted around the internet. I picked what I liked from … Read More

Kitchens of the Great Midwest | J Ryan Stradal | Book Review
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Reality TV is a weirdly hypnotic experience. It has to take very ordinary people, places and situations and make it so that you simply cannot look away for the 30 minutes it flashes across your television. That doesn’t just happen by accident. To varying degrees, the stories playing out in front of us will be manufactured by those behind the seemingly covert cameras. The faces in front of them may not be reading from an autocue, but they’ll almost certainly … Read More

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