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

My 2015 Bookshelf

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

Shop the Trend: Autumn Hibernation

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

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

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

Taco Soup Recipe

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Every time I make Taco Soup, not only does it get rave reviews from anyone who eats it but the photos I post online receive coos of desire, too. I first discovered it while listening to an American radio station and the words got stuck in my head. Eventually I’d repeated them to myself so many times that I had to try it. There are countless recipes and ways of making Taco Soup. Everyone seems to have their own method … Read More

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