Zoe Perrett

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  • Salvatore's Seasonal Salvations

    Friday December 21st, 2012

    Urgh. You open one eye, then the other. Not both together. Too much, too soon. If you’re unlucky the room will still be spinning. Your mouth’s dry and your memory alarmingly- or thankfully- blank. But World’s Leading Cocktail Expert Salvatore Calabrese is here to save the day! 

  • Rococo: Mastering the Art of Chocolate- Chantal Coady

    Friday December 21st, 2012

    Chocolate. Who’s not a fan? At Christmas, be you ardent admirer or casual consumer, the brown stuff seems to be afforded an elevated status as a valid and necessary food group. What the hell- there are far worse forms of substance abuse. And, in fact, chocolatiers like Chantal Coady are in the finest of fettle- testament to the properties of the food that fuelled Montezuma.

  • Microbrewer Sam Smith Selects Seasonal Ales

    Tuesday December 18th, 2012

    Real ale fan and one of the masterminds behind London microbrewery Pressure Drop, Sam Smith is a man who knows what differentiates sheer nectar from mere beer. He reckons ale’s a canny Christmas buy, with the best imported craft beers commanding the same price as some very mediocre wines.

  • PipsDish-y Christmas Cooking Tips

    Monday December 17th, 2012

    Philip Dundas doesn’t go by recipes. He just knows how to cook, and presses his instinctive methods into service rustling up lovely things at PipsDish Kitchen. And most of  us could do with heeding his  ‘substance over form’philosophy when flapping about like a headless turkey on Christmas Day with 15 dishes on the go.

  • Sauce For The Turkey, Sourced From The Turkish Shop

    Sunday December 16th, 2012

    There’s always something. No matter how military the operation, the Christmas store is guaranteed to be bereft of at least one item that at least one member of the festive clan deems essential to their seasonal enjoyment. ‘But it won’t be the SAME,’ they wail. No. it won't. You're going to make it different, and maybe better.

  • Bah Humbugs: Foodepedia Trawls The Festive Halls So You Don’t Have To

    Tuesday December 11th, 2012

    Gifting is a tricky business. Not least since they christened it with that grammatically dubious title. Linguistics aside, we present to you a snazzy selection of swag to suit allsorts.

  • No Moans About Asda's Festive Wines

    Monday December 10th, 2012

    Asda's resident wine expert, Philippa Carr, has been hitting the bottle for a good few years. For a thoroughly good cause, of course- bringing UK wine lovers top tipples for the 30+ years she's been in the industry. And she's particularly in demand over Christmas, travelling the world to sample over 450 different wines to ensure Asda's seasonal wine selection passes muster.

  • Faviken- Magnus Nilsson

    Monday December 10th, 2012

    Magnus Nilssen's Faviken Magasinet may uphold the stripped-back, austere values of the simultaneously reviled and revered 'New Nordic' label, but 'Faviken' is the art-house porn of the cookbook world- and we all know there’s only so much vicarious titillation you can take before you, too, are sweaty, splattered, and very, very satisfied.

  • Book In For A Decent Read This Christmas- Foodepedia’s Top 10

    Monday December 10th, 2012

    Okay, so a flat, rectangular package under the Christmas tree isn’t going to fool anyone. But when all the whizzbang doodads and gallimaufry of geegaws have been cast aside, the book is the one gift that keeps on giving. Just please remember to scrawl a personal missive inside the front cover. It’s the only time you’re allowed- indeed, implored, to deface a book.

  • A Christmas Box Choc-full of Cheer

    Tuesday December 4th, 2012

    We do like Paul A Young's chocolates. Eccentrically English yet never eschewing the exotic, he lays on a tempting menu all year round. So at Yuletide one rightfully expects great things. A bijou box containing his finest seasonal selections hitting the doormat is more welcome than any advent calendar, and, in the spirit of festive gluttony, is scoffed in its entirety that very teatime.

  • Get Whisky-d Away This Christmas

    Tuesday December 4th, 2012

    Tobias Gorn is a sommelier. bon viveur and raconteur. Toby's pretty excited about his recent move to The Whisky Shop and about the chance to foist a few of his finest festive tipples upon Foodepedia, and we trust him totally. This is one man who truly knows how to make proceedings go with a bang.

  • Waiter, There's A Christmas Pudding In My Cocktail

    Monday December 3rd, 2012

    We're at the Playboy Club. Yes, there are bunnies. Yes, there are men in suits, but there are also just as many ladies, and they are resoundingly not ‘of the night’. The lighting’s low but more to create atmosphere than to disguise any nefarious activities. Oh, and Salvatore Calabrese, aka ‘The World’s Leading Cocktail Expert’, is mixing drinks and holding court with oodles of panache.

  • The Festive Fat of the Land

    Monday December 3rd, 2012

    A subjective selection of sublime scran we like to scoff and/or share at Christmas.

  • Seasonal Stuffing You Can Seriously Stomach

    Wednesday November 28th, 2012

    Who hasn’t had that awful feeling of sitting down, stomach pleasantly a-rumble, only to have those stirrings of gastric yearning turn to icy needles of dread upon having a cheap paper crown plonked on your bonce and reading the awful incantation ‘prawn cocktail; turkey with all the trimmings; Christmas pudding; mince pies and coffee’ on a holly-trimmed menu?

  • A Plum Job: A World of Festive Bakes

    Wednesday November 28th, 2012

    From the North to the South poles, people do like a nice bit of cake at Christmastime. Packed with the prestige indicated by copious fruit-and-nut usage, these are an often boozy, always bountiful, and occasionally barmy bunch.

  • In The Market For A Festive Frolic

    Wednesday November 28th, 2012

    Let’s face it, the majority of London’s  ‘Christmas Markets’ are grim excuses for the real spirit of festive commerce felt throughout Europe’s more traditional town squares. £50 for a night spent shivering in a mock chalet scoffing lukewarm bratwursts and glugging glogg? No thank you. We’ll get a cheap deal off thetrainline.com and pop off to one of these destinations instead.

  • A Parsi Party with Cyrus Todiwala

    Tuesday November 27th, 2012

    The indomitable Cyrus Todiwala would make a rather good Father Christmas, being jolly, jocular and- sorry, sahib- slightly rounded. But that bit of extra padding is just testament, were it needed, to his wicked culinary skills. To my knowledge, Cyrus isn’t planning on appearing in fancy dress, but he does have a fulsome festive offering for his fans.

  • Scandinavian Christmas- Trine Hahnemann

    Tuesday November 27th, 2012

    Ooh I do like a fuggy kitchen on a cold day, with all those lovely cooking smells wafting about like the Christmas Fairy. Especially these Scandi  bakes with their liberal use of cardamom. And my own majestic love for those cakes and cookies knows no bounds. So those smells are about the only things that are going to resemble the Fairy this Christmas.

  • Cheese-y Does It

    Tuesday November 27th, 2012

    Please God let this be the year the death knell sounds for those tawdry selection boxes holding a grotesque assemblage of shrink-wrapped specimens nefariously studded with ‘fruit du jour’ or muddled with metallic herbage. This year we kindly offer you  Paxton & Whitfield's expert selection, and the opportunity to redeem your own cheeseboard. Seize it with both hands.

  • A FEAST of Festive Gluttony

    Tuesday November 27th, 2012

    It was only a matter of time before street food met posh nosh. And FEAST was one of the first to flaunt the culinary collision, hosting a bijou collective of traders and restaurateurs at their inaugural festival at Guy’s Hospital last summer. 5,000 food-lovin’ Londoners can’t all be wrong, and the Christmas FEAST line-up is looking pretty appetising...