You, me and cooking

So it’s been a year since I jumped off the corporate ladder. Back then, I think I assumed that by Christmas 2012 I’d have a TV show, a couple of shops in Clapham and Notting Hill, a growing empire of chain restaurants, a Tefal range of pots and pans, my face on a Breville Sandwich toaster, and something with a silly name that doubles as a pestle and mortar, but isn’t as good and will soon be on bulk sale in TK Max.

If not that, then I would at least have made some tea towels to sell as stocking fillers.

It seems global domination takes a bit more time than a year, and I’ve clearly missed the boat on getting the tea towels ready, HOWEVER as we’re all feeling so seasonal and generous, now seems the perfect time to launch Plan B Phase 1.

If you’re stuck for gift ideas – whether to give or to receive – do have a look at my new pages on Private Tuition and Private Catering. Help your partner to cook better, expand your dinner party repertoire, or club together with a group of friends for a bit of private dining at home. You’ll see that there are some guidance rates, and also packages at a discount, but since everything is tailored to you, just drop me an email ( and we can discuss options.

If you can’t decide, Christmas gift vouchers of £50, £100 and £150 are available. Purchase these or any lessons or events by Wednesday 19 December, and I’ll send you a nice card to drop in the big sock (after that, it’ll be a pdf …).

Alternatively, here’s a link to yesterday’s post on Dragon Castle. Which is totally free. You are welcome.