Author: Julie Friend

Hello world!

Hello everybody. After purchasing my domain name about 12 years ago (like a bad gym membership) I have FINALLY taken the plunge and got to grips with sorting out my website. Obviously, from this you would assume that time management is not one of my strengths but I have in those 12 years, set up, ran (and sold) a successful deli/catering business in London then moved to Kent where I helped oversee/manage the start-up of a new, now thriving restaurant business. So I am not going to make any more excuses but suffice to say – now is my moment, when I have a little more time on my hands to indulge in such luxuries as this. The site with be pretty much divided into three categories:- Eat well, Travel far and Laugh often. A few simple words which sum up my life. There will be recipes, there will be travel suggestions and recommendations and there will be little life snippets which are encountered along the way and tell you about me, my friends, my family. I hope you enjoy reading and feel free to offer feedback and input. It’s been a long time coming so let’s make it worthwhile! Julie...

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Breaking bread with family

  This is the most delicious sourdough loaf made by my big sister Rita. She is as competitive as I am and when she sets her mind to start something new she goes for it big time and wants to be the very best. She loved sourdough bread but couldn’t find anything really good, near where she lived – so she decided to make her own. Searching the internet she read about E5 bakehouse and booked herself onto one of their day courses. Returning home with her precious starter and bannetons, she vowed to make at least one loaf...

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Cake and Gin

I am currently on crutches and hobbling around with a rather heavy, non weight bearing cast on my right foot which is making food preparation and cooking a little tricky. My lovely boss Kirstie, arrived armed with a goodie bag last week from the company we work for and prepared me a wonderful supper. As she unpacked the contents of the bag I have to admit to looking right past the delicious pork chops and greens she had brought, as my eyes focussed on the word ‘Gin’. I had heard of Pinksters Gin and am rather an aficionado of Mothers’...

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Getting my greens in Asia

I love Asian food – Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese – all of those fresh, aromatic flavours get my mouth watering just thinking about them. This selection of greens in the market in Hong Kong, just had me wanting to whip the wok out immediately, fry a few up and submerge them in a rich, chilli spiked broth with some noodles, for a perfect lunch. However, on this night I was actually cooking a more European style meal for my friend Stuart and his marina buddies. A bunch of lively ex-pats who, whilst loving their time in this fascinating city, were occasionally yearning...

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Masterchef – where are they now?

I have put this under the ‘Laugh often’ section as the MasterChef process was really one of the best things I have ever experienced, great fun and ultimately it has changed my life. From Loyd through to some of my judges – John Prescott, Shaun Hill, Anton Edelman – everybody was so kind and the crew made sure any nerves were soon dispersed. Can’t really believe it’s 20 years ago now, as it seems like yesterday, but I still feel really proud of my acheivement and thought this article showing what everybody has gone on to do was a...

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