Posts from 2012


Read More Wedding Marquees

Posted on Thu, 02/02/2012

I have just zapped out to the venue where we are catering a large wedding tomorrow. Sometimes its nice where possible, to have a look at the layout of things a day or so in advance, just so that when I'm lying awake at 3am...>>>

Read More Staffing

Posted on Thu, 09/02/2012

Being a business owner creates its own special stresses and strains, some of which, occasionally, can feel quite overwhelming.As the owner you are where the buck stops for all the good stuff, and also the bad. And while I...>>>

Read More The need for quiet

Posted on Thu, 09/02/2012

I worry sometimes about the constant interconnectedness of my childrens generation. I don't do Facebook or Twitter, either on a personal level or a business one, becos I get all the people connection that I need thru my job....>>>

Read More Fat

Posted on Fri, 10/02/2012

This link is to an article in which Michael Ruhlman lets of a bit of steam about the universal fear of eating fat. I've  nodded my head in agreement with him the whole way through it, becos he succinctly captures the...>>>

Read More Time to have a wee boast..

Posted on Fri, 10/02/2012

Courteney left for America on Monday. She is going to be based in North Carolina this year, but first she's gone direct to LA and straight into a 2 week training camp with her team. Last year she was based in Texas. Going...>>>

Read More An inspiring story

Posted on Sat, 11/02/2012

I've had to have a week off exercise becos I twisted my ankle at the start of the set up for the big wedding we did last week, and by the time I finally got to bed, 14 hrs later,  it wasn't looking pretty. So after...>>>

Read More Valentines Day, again

Posted on Tue, 14/02/2012

I have survived another Valentines night. No mean feat for me!! Roz has just knocked me and upended a glass of water down my front, which I took as a sign that it was time to beat a retreat. Dripping wet is not a good look...>>>

Read More La Bella Lingua - Dianne Hales

Posted on Sat, 18/02/2012

I have just finished reading 'La Bella Lingua', sitting out the back on our rickardy old deck, enjoying the slow haze of a summers afternoon, with a  cresendo of cicadas in the background. We have just about finalised...>>>

Read More Food photography

Posted on Tue, 21/02/2012

I am about to take myself off to bed, with Alain de Botton's 'The Art of Travel' tucked under my arm. Feeling somewhat dispirited - a mood that comes around periodically, and which I find best to deal with by retreating from...>>>

Read More Stairway to Heaven - not!

Posted on Thu, 23/02/2012

No amount of money would be sufficient to encourage me to do what these guys do for a job. I know human beings are diverse, but bloody hell! - who could possibly want to do this for a job......>>>

Read More Menu descriptions

Posted on Thu, 23/02/2012

I thought this comment by Michael Pollan to be especially interesting, becos reading it happened to coincide with some musing I was doing all by myself, on the trend that we'd picked up during some recent eating out experiences...>>>

Read More Courteneys blog

Posted on Thu, 23/02/2012

I am delaying going over to the restaurant becos it is currently hosing down, and I don't want to get my recently washed hair wet - otherwise it will go all frizzy! These things matter, ok?!! We have a leak in the restaurant...>>>

Read More Writing a cookbook

Posted on Fri, 24/02/2012

We had a cookschool today, and I am about to head out for some exercise to clear my head before service tonite, but first thought I'd link to this article on Yotam Ottenlenghi, becos I've been referring to his cookbooks in...>>>

Read More The Art of Travel - Alain de Botton

Posted on Sun, 26/02/2012

Why do we travel? Why do we go to all the expense and angst of removing ourselves from our comfortable everyday life, to travel to the other side of the world, via ridiculously cramped ( for those of us who fly cattle class!)...>>>

Read More Chefs discussing being in business

Posted on Tue, 28/02/2012

A lengthy, but I guess you don't have to watch it all in one fell shot as I've just done, video taken over the weekend at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Florida, where 5 chef/owners are quizzed about what its like...>>>

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