Joanna Biddolph

Joanna Biddolph

Joanna Biddolph thinks about food all day long which she puts down to having been born just in time for lunch. She's particularly keen to review foodie experiences as well as restaurants - no meal too big or small - products, cookery books and books about food. She keeps forgetting to blog about the struggle that is freelance life, with recipes or ideas for lunch, which represents the reality of that life.  With 30 years' experience in communications under her ever-expanding belt, she specialises in crisis communications and crisis management for restaurants and food businesses plus charities and independent businesses. So she also blogs about crisis management. As a freelance journalist, she writes about travel, food and life from askance. She has recently moved from the foodie heaven that is Chiswick, where she determinedly supported her local greengrocer, grocer, butcher, fishmonger, deli, health food shop and chocolatier - and hung out in its independent cafés - and is desperately seeking a new home near enough to visit them regularly.

  • Feast on game at Cinnamon Culture

    Monday October 14th, 2013

    The range of this game festival menu is astonishing: rabbit, venison, quail, grouse, partridge, black boar and mallard – that is seven animals, all but one from Kent (the grouse comes from the moors of Yorkshire, of course). So, too, is Cinnamon Culture’s attention to flavour matching. Sauces, chutneys, salsas, naans – every dish comes with its own carefully chosen accompaniment. Joanna Biddolph licked her lips and her fingers throughout this excellent feast.

  • Potty about potted fish

    Tuesday July 23rd, 2013

    Ethically sourced; free of artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives; and the brainchild of a teenager - The Potted Fish Company's old English potted crab, and smoked mackerel with horseradish, enhance self-righteousness as Joanna Biddolph discovered. 

  • Dubai - a destination for foodies?

    Tuesday July 2nd, 2013

    In a country where people eat out 11 times a week, on average, the menu in Dubai is unsurprisingly international. Joanna Biddolph tips up at all the best places (and unsurprisingly tips the scales on her return) eating everything from Wagyu to pizza with some dune bashing in between in the conundrum of a country that misses a trick by keeping local food experiences hidden from foodies.

  • KFC - Why the colonel's secret recipe is Yum!

    Thursday June 27th, 2013

    With a firm shake and a sharp tap - we go behind the scenes at KFC to learn more about this high street brand and to cook in its kitchens. The original recipe mix is moving with these low salt times but is just as delicious, as Joanna Biddolph discovered.  

  • Long Clawson's Smooth Blue, Pear and Pecan salad

    Monday June 17th, 2013

    With the summer sun making an occasional appearance, salads are back on the menu. Long Clawson Dairy, arguably best known for its creamy stilton, has brought out a milder, more delicate blue cheese - Smooth Blue. It goes exceptionally well with sweet pears and pecans in a salad or, using endive and walnuts, makes an elegant nibble-with-drinks, dinner party starter or lunch for ladies who lunch. 

  • The Grand Hotel's turbot and seafood casserole recipe

    Tuesday June 11th, 2013

    Alan White, executive head chef of The Grand Hotel in Brighton, offers a simplified version of one of the signature dishes on the menu at the hotel's new sea-facing fish restaurant, GB1. 

  • Propping up the fish bar of GB1 at The Grand, Brighton

    Tuesday June 11th, 2013

    The newly refurbished Grand Hotel in Brighton has survived an IRA bomb and Joanna Biddolph's attempts to recreate one of chef Alan White's signature dishes, as served in its new sea-facing fish restaurant GB1. 

  • Foraging for supper at Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa

    Wednesday May 1st, 2013

    A pheasant strutted beside the drive as we arrived. Hams hang from trees beyond the car park (an Aston Martin, a couple of Jaguars – the cars you want to see to be sure you are where you want to be: somewhere classy but not showy).  A peacock strolled languorously past the door leading to my gorgeous bedroom ... Joanna Biddolph visits the Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa at Climping in Sussex for a spot of foraging and a lot of indulging. 

  • More KitchenCool from KitchenAid

    Wednesday May 1st, 2013

    It’s the culinary equivalent of Apple Macintosh in its heyday. Its products are undeniably on-trend cool; are available in irresistible colours; do exceptionally clever things; and come from across the pond. It’s KitchenAid and its newest products are stunning.

  • Jansson's Temptation - a creamy, decadent potato dish from Sweden

    Tuesday April 30th, 2013

    This is a wonderfully creamy, decadent potato dish from Sweden which is super-easy to make using the new KitchenAid Artisan food processor with dicing kit. It was originally made with sprats, not anchovies. Even if anchovies don’t float your boat, try it - their presence adds depth rather than strident fishiness making this dish so moreish it could well convert you for ever. 

  • Satisfy your choc-orange cravings with Fox’s Limited Edition Rocky Double Choc Orange

    Wednesday February 27th, 2013

    Where there is chocolate there is orange – as artisan chocolatiers and well-known big brands always seem to discover. Those nice people at Fox’s sent us a packet of their new Limited Edition Rocky Double Choc Orange biscuit bars and cheered us up on a chilly winter day

  • Indulge your appetite by going backwards in Cornwall at the Llawnroc Hotel

    Tuesday February 12th, 2013

    Picturesque harbours, calling seagulls, locally caught fish, television-famous pasties and a check list of world-famous sights you still haven't visited - isn't it time you caught up with Cornwall? Joanna Biddolph eats her way round as much of it as she can in two days and nights, staying at the luxurious but backwardly spelled Llawnroc Hotel in Gorran Haven. 

  • Nostalgia and contemporary excess from Fox's

    Monday January 7th, 2013

    If you held back over Christmas and the new year, dipping into generously chocolate-dipped Fox's biscuits won't seem over-indulgent, particularly as they are now on offer. Half-price must mean half the calories, Joanna Biddolph asserts. 

  • Learning how to taste cheese for the World Cheese Awards

    Wednesday November 28th, 2012

    Do you reach thoughtlessly for a packet of hard Italian cheese - or make your decision based on colour, age and flavour? Joanna Biddolph urges you to look carefully when you buy - including for evidence of success at the World Cheese Awards. 

  • Asda and Leiths Stir up Sunday Christmas Pudding

    Saturday November 24th, 2012

    Stir Up Sunday, the last Sunday before Advent, kickstarts preparations for Christmas over-indulgence - it's traditionally the day the Christmas pudding mixture is made and cooked. It's extraordinarily easy to make, as Joanna Biddolph discovered at a Stir Up Sunday event with Asda and Leiths School of Food and Wine.  

  • Cheddar gets fiery with Tabasco

    Wednesday October 31st, 2012

    Last year, bloggers turned their noses up at Alex James's flavoured cheeses so have Tabasco® and Long Clawson dairy made a big mistake, collaborating to create Tabasco® Pepper Cheese? Joanna Biddolph's tastebuds decide.  

  • Eating steak with a spoon at The White Oak in Cookham

    Sunday September 30th, 2012

    Do you like your steak dry-aged, wet-aged, from cows that roam the Scottish Highlands or run free on pampas grass in Argentina - and how can you tell the difference? Joanna Biddolph visits The White Oak in Cookham for a steak masterclass with chef-patron Clive Dixon and master butcher Peter Allen – and unexpectedly bites off more than she can chew. 

  • Learning to shuggle with Nick Nairn and Falcon

    Sunday September 16th, 2012

    The point of cookery courses is not just about working through the recipes; it’s equally about the snippets of information you pick up along the way. Nick Nairn and his team are generous with their information - and gave Joanna Biddolph the chance to try out the fabulous Falcon cooker Nick has endorsed for decades, while producing an impressive but easy three course dinner party menu. 

  • Annie's in Barnes

    Tuesday August 7th, 2012

    Don’t expect to leave discussing the cleverness of a cappuccino foam, the intensity of a wine reduction, the artfulness of the presentation. Annie’s in Barnes avoids every competitive, nonsensical expectation of gimmick-loving gastronauts. What it does is glammed-up home cooking, well-executed and fun, in a relaxed, rococo-mixed-with-rock-and-roll atmosphere. Joanna Biddolph urges you to brave the easy journey west.  

  • Improve your dinner party chat at a tutored champagne and smoked salmon tasting

    Tuesday June 26th, 2012

    Masterclasses are much less about learning than an excuse to do something different and entertaining with friends or partners. They add an extra dimension to the day. They can also improve your dinner party chat, as Joanna Biddolph discovered at a Flûte Bar & Lounge tutored champagne and smoked salmon tasting.