Ting n Ting

I am currently house sitting in Nevis in the Caribbean and have been aquanting myself with the local cuisine. My go to dish is Rice n Peas (which in this case I used black beans soaked in water overnight). They are then cooked in a pan with some brown rice and a teaspoon of marigold veg stock. I picked up some plantain and avocado at the local market here in Charlestown on a tues. I fry the plantain in organic coconut oil imported from aldz as all food here is very expensive. And also a tin of mackerel in olive oil again imported from the great God Lidz. All washed down with a bottle of fizzy grapefruit drink Ting. 

Suggested Listening: 007 (Shanty Town) by Desmond Dekker


Das is Goot Gut Yah

On today’s BBC News website page…

An interesting article about fermentation especially interesting to me was the part about kefir. There’s another interesting article about Gut Bacteria in The Gruaniad

I’ve been growing my own kefir for over 5 years now. With the live yoghurt I make a smoothie from:

Chilled Kefir Yoghurt 


Red fruit – Strawbz Rarzbz etc

Teaspoon Lecigran – GM free lecithin granules

Teaspoon Milled Chia Seeds

Teaspoon Spirulina 

Slug of Flaxseed/Udo’s Ultimate Oil

Teaspoon of Manuka Honey

And blitz. Will keep you going till lunch. 

Beg pardon, sorry what was that?


Whilst I was driving back from one of my Cotzwoldian House Sits. I was lucky enough to indulge my Sunday Morning Guilty Pleasure of listening to; The Archers followed by Dezzy Ilse Dix and finally I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue!

As my journey back to Wes Dorse was taking a lot longer than usual I stay tooned to the Food Prog. This week it was all about the way Diet can stave awff Alzhiemerz/Demensch, and it didn’t dissapoint! To me it made alot of common sense as I mostly eat that way anyhoo, mainly down to the fact that I took the anti malarial drug LARIAM for three months in the early 90’s whilst working in Nigeria.

Tests have already linked the use of Lariam with early onset of… : (

But worth a listen non the less. I think if you’re outside the UK it might be difficult to listen (even the humble Kefir gets a mensch) and if you’re are in the UK it won’t be on iplayer for long.

Sorry who are you again?

Suggested Listening: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

Tri-Colory Rebranded


Bringing to an end my short daliance with everything eye-tie. I’ve rejigged the classic italian salad starter of avacado mozzerella and tomato.

As you see it’s basically; the same with the avacado asparagus (optional) capers (in brine/olive oil, not vinegar) halloumi cheese sun dried tomz a flash a fresh basil and a healthy smattering of black pepper/good quality olive oil. All of which are V. cheap from Aldz/Lidz. For the full effect get a forkful with a bit of everything on it.

Suggested Listening: Puccini’s La Boheme



Cafe Citta Boyuoh

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Continuing my theme of Gay Aunty lunches in out of the way places, me and Garry Edmiston-Taylor KG (pictured) adjourned to Cardiff City Centre to lunch at one of our fave hostileries.

Cafe Citta is a classic family run restaurant and this is my fifth visit and I am slowly working my way through the menu.

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I orderd Linguine Citta.

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And my compadre, one of their fine pizzas

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All washed down with a bottle of San Pellegrino Aqua Minerale and two coffees, with some bread and olives on the side. Total cost £32 guv. Barg!

The food here is of the highest authentic eye-talian cuisine and they have a roster of specials. Was too full to order a dessert but, their timirisu is TDF!

If you ever find yourself in welsh wales they’re well worth a visit. Yacci Dar!

That’s Amoré

Met up with one of The Gay Aunties – Mad Dog for post bday lunch just round the corner from his chambers in Islington. He recommended  Saponara and it did not dissapoint!

The moment you walk in you half expect to see Al Pacino or Robert De Niro sitting in the corner, or at the very least some of The Sopranos.

I orderd a Quattro Fromaggio and Mad Dawg plumped for a Piccante

I lived in NYC in the mid 80’s and the bench mark those days was a slice from Rays. Well this was way better and reasonable price wise too. For a small deli there was an extensive choice from anti pasta, pizzas and pasta. They open in the evenings till 10 wedz – sat. Would love to spend an evening watching the azure playing on telly while the euros are on! And when the sun shines there are chairs and tables outside. It’s south of Essex rd/Britannia Row and worth a visit if you like good honest eye-talian food.
Suggested listening: An Evening in Roma by Dean Martin

Good Ol John Lewis!



I saw this in this weeks Waitrose Weekend Propaganda Mag. So in the true meaning of Jazz – Take the basic idea and make it your own!

100g of Cashews

75g Walnuts

40g Porridge Oats

50g Goji Berries

10 Dates (pitted)

Bundle that lot into a blender and blitz.

Add this to mix

2 tbsp Coconut Oil (add a little at a time whilst blitzing as maybe too much depending on the moistness of ones fruit)

1 tbsp Flax Seed Oil

2 Tbsp Honey

Pinch a Salt

Blitz again, decant into a greaseproof lined tray. Bung in The Tower Bridge – Fridge for an hour. Dunski!

I cut mine into bar shape shapes and freeze as they go harder, but that’s just down to personal prefs… The joy of this recipe is that you can replace any of the primary ingreedz, raisans, currents, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. It’s Jazz Baby – You Make It Up!


Suggested Listening: Mountain Greenery by Mel Torme