3 2 1 Bake!

Spatulas and oven mitts at the ready, it’s back on our screens next week for series seven – the phenomenon that is The Great British Bake Off.

Just what is its appeal? Viewers fall into roughly two different types; those who are bakers themselves, watching for top tips and smugly predicting the disasters (that’s Pork Belly) and those who’re drawn in by the characters, their trials and tribulations and how they cope with the challenges they face (that’s me). Continue reading 3 2 1 Bake!

Some like it hot

After more than three years running a food and travel website Pork Belly and I have been to more than our fair share of food festivals and they come in all shapes and sizes.

There are the big ones, like the Foodies Festival – slick, entertaining  not exactly dagger-cheap to get in, but with top quality chef demos, plenty of free samples and innovative food and drink stands they’re well worth the entrance fee. Continue reading Some like it hot

Where the wild things grow

“I don’t so much tame nature as edit it!”

So says Jean Jackman whose gloriously rambling garden in the heart of West Sussex is a haven for wildlife with a distinctly personal style.

No vast acres, rolling lawns or serried rows of neat borders for Jean. Instead she’s created a garden of winding paths, towering shrubs and a whole host of wild flowers. Continue reading Where the wild things grow

Golfing with dinosaurs

Hey, there’s something new in Brighton Marina, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep the young ‘uns happy for half an hour.

Pork Belly and I find the marina a bit of a mixed bag so don’t often venture that way. On a warm summer’s evening it’s a pleasant enough place for a stroll; the boats bobbing gently in the harbour are pretty, the flats overlooking the sea are well-kept, the restaurants on the Boardwalk (all the usual suspects; the high end fast food selections) are quietly buzzing and I’m sure the new blocks, once complete, will look fine. Continue reading Golfing with dinosaurs