Category Archives: Food

The Strange History of Hot Cross Buns

Easter is a time when all sorts of nonsense tends to get talked about religious history. For the record, the only evidence of a goddess called Eostre is a single paragraph written by the 8th century English cleric, the Venerable … Continue reading

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You Eat Ants?

As well all know from Disney’s Jungle Book, bears are famously omnivorous. Personally I tend to side with Bagheera over Baloo, but that’s feline solidarity for you. However, there are other creatures that eat ants. Australians, for example. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Today on Ujima – New Year, New Presenters plus Movies and Smoothies

With Paulette having retired, we need to put things in place to ensure the continuation of the Women’s Outlook show. I can’t do it myself because I have too many work commitments. But today I was delighted to welcome to … Continue reading

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Brief Restaurant Recommendation

I’m in Oxford. I’ll be spending all tomorrow doing training, and much of Wednesday visiting bookshops and libraries. But because we have a 9:30am start tomorrow I am staying in a hotel on expenses, which is nice. The hotel, by … Continue reading

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The Darkening Garden: The Exhibition

As some of you will know, The Darkening Garden is the title of John Clute’s book about horror fiction. It is now also the title of an art exhibition by Judith Clute. You can find it at the Camden Image … Continue reading

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I Am Cait #2.6

The latest episode of I Am Cait to screen in the UK was all about (ex-)wives. Kris Jenner put in an appearance, and awkward conversations were had. Mostly what I want to say about this is that such issues are … Continue reading

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Sarah Hilary Book Launch

I love seeing my writer friends doing well, and few local writers have done as well as Sarah Hilary. Her sales have been so good that her publisher has repackaged her first two books to match the new one and … Continue reading

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All That Other Stuff

Because I need to get it out of my system, I’m going to do a post about all of the other things that were wrong with the talk I walked out of at the trans history conference. Think of this … Continue reading

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Hello Again Toronto

I am safely arrived in Canada. It has been a fairly painless trip, thanks in no small part to great friends in London and the excellent staff on the Heathrow Express. The movie selection on Air Canada was not great, … Continue reading

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Looking for Lesbians

Yesterday’s Annual General Meeting of OutStories Bristol went very well. Thanks to the fabulous Bea Hitchman we had a good crowd of interested outsiders to make us quorate; and thanks to expert training from Kevin I was able to speed … Continue reading

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Having A Word

I arrived in Brighton on Thursday afternoon. It was the first warm day I have experienced thus far this year (that is, the first day with sunshine and temperatures over 20C — the English call this a “heat wave”), and … Continue reading

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Today’s Women’s Outlook Show Links

Well I don’t know about you folks, but I thought that went pretty well. Kevlin Henney can always be relied upon to do great things with flash fiction, and I was delighted to hear that this year Bristol will be … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima: Flash, Crime, Trans & Food

I have a very busy show lined up for Women’s Outlook tomorrow. First up from Noon I will be joined by Kevlin Henney who will, of course, be talking about flash fiction. It is that time of year again. In … Continue reading

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That’s How To Do A Book Launch

Yeah, that’s a donut tree, fruiting with strawberries. Sarah Hilary does book launches in style. Congratulations to all involved, especially Lydia who made the donuts and the tree. A good time was had by all. And now I am off … Continue reading

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Bacon Beer

After the talk I went out for a few drinks with Leah Moore and John Reppion. Leah took me to a Mexican restaurant that had quite nice food but rather over the top decoration – masked wrestlers, movie posters showing … Continue reading

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Chocolate Festival, Anyone?

The come to Bristol this Easter. And for further details, go here.

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Holiday Cheese Report

Most of the cheeses I had this year are old favorites so there’s not much point in my going into detail on them. I do want to note, however, that I’m delighted that the good folks at Trethowan’s Dairy are … Continue reading

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Beer Review – X-Ale

My pals at Independent Spirit Bath tell me that this is technically a red ale, but it is quite dark in color and the tasting notes say is has notes of dark chocolate and spices. I can see exactly what … Continue reading

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This Week’s Radio – Food, Feminism, Lady Mayoress

First up on Wednesday’s show I interviewed Daphne Lambert who is crowdfunding a book called Living Food: A Feast For Soil & Soul on Unbound. There was some general chat about seasonal food, healthy food, environmental awareness and so on. … Continue reading

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Beer + Coffee = Strange Love

Some of you will know that I am very fond of Wildebeest, the Imperial espresso chocolate vanilla stout from Wild Beer Company. Generally I prefer stouts and porters, but the idea of adding coffee to beer is gathering momentum and … Continue reading

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