Posts tagged food
Woman in Progress: Alexandra Olivier, Restaurant Twenty Two

This week we have Alexandra Olivier, co-owner of Restaurant Twenty Two in Cambridge as our Woman in Progress. If you live anywhere near Cambridge, or anywhere in east Anglia really, and haven’t eaten at Restaurant Twenty Two, then you really are missing a trick and a glorious meal. Along with an insight into career change, being an employer and her plans for the future, Alex has advice on the importance of switching off and how being a Woman in Progress is just a woman doing the best she can in the circumstances she faces and trying, as much as possible, to enjoy life along the way. 

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A love of food rituals and creating a new one

There are many reasons I love cooking. 

I love eating, first and foremost.   I’d rather invest time in cooking something tasty than eat something indifferent.  I also get a huge amount out of the process of cooking itself: a sense of detachment.  My mind can wander as I just focus on the process - it’s meditative almost (that sounds wanky written down).  But it’s also, massively, about the rituals food creates.  The moments and memories that food can conjure.  Eating and laughing together is one of the most joyful of family activities.  And if you cook and eat similar things at similar events, those times, for me, seem to become even more precious.  To separate the food from the occasion becomes impossible.  

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9 Summer dinner party recipes to rely on

These are my favourite summer dinner party recipes, three starters, main courses and desserts to help you throw the perfect summer's evening - without too much stress.  All can be prepared in advance, and all adapted to serve a small gathering or a large crowd.  

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