Refried Beans


When hosting a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to find a vegetarian option for fajitas that wasn’t just fried peppers and mushrooms. As it happens, these were a great success, and even the meat eaters were transformed. Continue reading


Chilli Con Carne

It’s official, winter is on its way. It’s hard to describe but there is a notable difference out there – it has definitely got colder! Ok so with winter comes dark mornings and dark evenings – but there also comes nights curled up in front of an open fire with a delicious stew. One of my favourite recipes that is just perfect for a cold winter night in, is Chilli. Continue reading

The Bristol Good Food Alliance

Organisations such as Bristol Food Network and Bristol Food Producers are coming together with one ultimate aim – to enhance and promote the sustainability of food in Bristol.

The aims of the alliance include;

  1. Strengthening the capacity of the good food movement in Bristol
  2. Making it easier for anyone, or any group, to become involved in the movement
  3. Encouraging and facilitating cooperation between different parties

The Alliance is open to any organisation who shares the core values set out in the Bristol Good Food Charter and the vision set out in A Good Food Plan for Bristol.

Having won gold at The Sustainable Food Cities Award in 2016, Bristol is continuing its efforts to get recognised as a sustainable city.

A few initiatives that are underway in and around the area;

Reducing Waste

Using spare kitchen space and surplus food, Food Cycle cook up to 950 meals every week to our cities vulnerable.

An independent franchise of FareShare, they work to rescue perfectly good food that is about to be binned and send it to organisations working with the most vulnerable people in the community. This involves up to 100 volunteers every week helping to re-distribute the food throughout the South West.

Fresh & Local Produce

There are so many companies offering fresh local produce in and around Bristol – so you can make the most of the seasonal fruit and veg on offer whilst testing your culinary skills!



No-One Is Stealing My Porridge!


When I heard about a shop dedicated purely to serving proper no fuss porridge, I have to say that I was slightly dubious. However – I can happily report that The Bristol Porridge Project exceeded all expectations.

I wouldn’t really consider myself a massive porridge fan – being quite partial to porridge with golden syrup on the odd occasion – but always getting fairly bored within a few mouthfuls. Given the option between poached eggs and avocado or a bowl of porridge – I know where my order is being placed – without hesitation! However, it would appear that The Bristol Porridge Shop is here to re-educate us all.

A small shop nestled away on Trenchard Street just up from the O2 Academy, you would be forgiven for missing this unassuming little delight.

Bristol Porridge Project offer a range of 6 porridges, all made using oats rolled in-house and water, and for a very reasonable £3. The porridges on offer cater for all sweet tastes, and come served with a mound of cheeky little toppings. I opted for the ‘Crunchy Nutty Heaven’ which came with big chunks of flapjack on – a welcomed surprise!