Category: Food and Wine

Busy as a bee

As per the cycling programme, this week is one of rest, recuperation and rejuvenation. I only have 41/2hrs of cycling spread over three days. Now, as I’m always telling my beloved, there’s no point in having a training programme if you’re not prepared to follow it… Continue Reading “Busy as a bee”

Postcards from Pays Basque III

For the last few days of our vacation we moved to a hotel in San Sebastian or, more specifically, a hotel on a hill (10% gradient) overlooking San Sebastian. The morning we arrived it had just started to drizzle. Undeterred, my beloved set off… Continue Reading “Postcards from Pays Basque III”


With the paucity of posts in the last couple of weeks, you could be forgiven for thinking that I’d abandoned the blogging. Not a bit of it, it’s just that since getting back from Paris, I have been extremely busy. The day after our return,… Continue Reading “Excuses”


There’s a very pleasant citrusy fug in the apartment thanks to the gi-normous amount of Seville orange marmalade I have made. One of my clubmates kindly gave me a large quantity of Seville oranges which I felt honour bound to use. In addition, my beloved adores good quality English marmalade something one can’t… Continue Reading “Bottled”

Wooden spoons at the ready

I’m really enjoying the bike training programme. At the end of last week, I was feeling a bit fatigued but this week I seem to have had a second wind. On Mondays, I ride for an hour on the flat in a fasted state.… Continue Reading “Wooden spoons at the ready”

Extras please

As I mentioned yesterday, friends, who used to run a restaurant, are coming over for dinner this evening. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I regard dinner parties as an opportunity to experiment. I am attempting to reproduce the pork belly dish I had the other week… Continue Reading “Extras please”

Thank heavens, I’m back

It feels like I’ve been away for weeks, not four days. I’ll never moan about the weather here ever again. Coming in to land at Gatwick, I found myself looking out on a bleak wintery landscape swirling with snow. I bought myself a salad lunch… Continue Reading “Thank heavens, I’m back”

Did you want to lick the spoon?

If I can’t cycle, I might as well cook. Frankly, the fridge and freezer were looking a little bare and, with my beloved at home for yet another week (4th consecutive!), I felt the need to prepare myself for the onslaught. I was expecting… Continue Reading “Did you want to lick the spoon?”

No, it’s mine!

The sun appeared briefly yesterday before the rain reasserted itself once more. I’m therefore spending rather more time than anticipated on the home-trainer and down the gym, where I’ve cranked my routine up a few more notches to maintain momentum. Because we’re both resorting to the home… Continue Reading “No, it’s mine!”