Sofitel London St James

Fresh fruit juices

Admittedly, seven years ago when my first child was born my travel life came to a sudden halt and only recently resurrected very stutteringly. In February, I reviewed a four star hotel and couldn’t help but wonder what the difference was between a four and a five star hotel. Both their facilities and quality would […]

New Duplo Range 2014

Duplo Creative Picnic

After a tough few months of moving house, going on a course, setting up new businesses and starting the divorce process, I literally jumped at the opportunity when we got invited to Legoland for a day. Who best to share the experience with than my three year old daughter, Robyn? Even better, she was asked […]

Lancaster London

Lancaster Hotel's Exterior

After a tough few years and working hard doing a photo shoot all day I was very much looking forward to staying over at Lancaster London. The transition from mother – read chauffeur, personal assistant, gamer, pooey nappy changer, cook, dishwasher, launderer, picking up toyser, neatifier – to being treated like royalty was an easy […]

Little Foodie Break to Lille – Part 4

Cheese & Beer

As if we haven’t eaten enough already we got up from the table, took what felt like a few steps and plopped ourself in a beer cellar not far away. This time we were treated to tasting speciality beers specifically from the Northern France region.

Honey Glazed Cod with Seasonal Vegetables

Honey Glazed Cod with Seasonal Vegetables

After we prepared the Ch’tiramisu we got started on the main meal which in French is called Pavé de cabillaud au miel de fleur de bière, palette colorée de légumes de saison. It is a very simple yet nourishing dish from Northern France that was enjoyed with some white wine and bread on the side.



Ch’tiramisu is Northern France’s answer to Italy’s Tiramisu. What a strange name, I thought. Where is it from? A quick search on the net yielded very few English results and the rest were all in French. There is a famous French movie, called Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, which means “welcome to the sticks”. “Ch’ti” means […]