December usually marks my busiest time of the year making and selling preserves that Christmas can sometimes seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. This year Smy Goodness preserves and podcast have been put slightly on the back burner as I started a new part-time job at the British Museum! I have been focusing on that and pinching myself as it is truly a dream come true to work there. So as stocks are low and almost all sold out I have bundled all of last year’s 12 Foods of Christmas podcast episodes together in one place for easy listening and linking. These mini episodes range in length from 5-12 mins long and are perfect for listening to whilst in the kitchen, car or at work and you can wow your family, friends and colleagues with interesting Christmas-y facts, tips and stories. Read More
Happy Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!!!
(Above is the divine Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present from my all time favourite Christmas film, Scrooged.)
Throughout the world and throughout time, people and cultures have both revered and feared this eight-limbed, legendary Cephalopod - the octopus. We’ll look at the mythology and folklore of the octopus, their physiology and behaviour; which all strengthen their reputation as symbols of strength, intelligence and mystery. We’ll look at artworks by Japanese master Hokusai, resin artist Keng Lye, potter Tammy Garcia and illustrator Esther Van Hulsen. Plus I make takoyaki - round octopus pancake balls! This whole episode was inspired by a chat to my amazing friend Michiru who I miss a lot! She was eating takoyaki while we were video chatting on Line and I just knew I had to make them! Thansk Michi!!! xox Read More
You’d be a gooseberry foole to miss this episode which looks at gooseberry history, etymology, historical pairings and lots of slang. We’ll look at competitive gooseberry growing, the Egton Bridge Gooseberry Society and the world’s record holder for biggest gooseberry. There is a brief look at the Enclosures Act and how they affected rural life in England. For art we’ll look at still life paintings by Dutch artist Adriaen Coorte, landscape painting by British artist Isabel Naftel and contemporary painting by Indigenous Australian artist Madawyn McCarthy. Plus you’ll find my recipe and some snippets recorded from my Gooseberry Gumbo food demo at Jimmy’s Festival hosted by Joe Hurd (Instagram) & Hardeep Singh Kohli (Instagram)…don’t be a gooseberry and miss this one! Read More
This episode it's the zucchini aka the courgette and their stunningly beautiful flowers. As my guest was Orso Tosco, the Italian author who has just published his novel, Aspettando I Naufraghi. For his topic Orso chose fiori di zucca or courgette/zucchini flowers as they feature in his novel and are one of his favourite dishes. As we will see there is a strong link between Italy and courgette flowers which will play out in our chat, the artwork covered in this episode and their interesting history. So listen above to find out about Orso's book, his process, food thoughts and memories; their earned reputation as symbols of the sensual and erotic, artwork from Arcimboldo, Giovanni de Udine, Georgia O'Keeffe and find out where courgette/zucchini come from, their travels around the world, how we get their beautiful flowers, and the myriad of ways that we can use them. Read More
This episode looks at where rhubarb came from and how it traveled the world. I look at the changes from how rhubarb was first used by humans to how it is enjoyed today. We'll learn about the etymology of rhubarb, the need for albarelli drug jars and then there's the utterly interesting link between rhubarb and the Zoroastrian creation myth. I'll share why the culinary tradition of Forced Rhubarb fully deserves its PDO status. I will share how I was inspired by the rhubarb inspired artworks by Nikolai Astrup, Mary Fedden, Elizabeth Johnson. I share some of the ways that I use rhubarb in my cookery, preserves, food photography and patterns. Read More