West African groundnut stew

Friday, 28 February 2014


West African groundnut stew

Ever since going to an African Supper Club I've been meaning to dig out this recipe.  It's from a pamphlet by Animal Aid I picked up a few years ago, with seven vegetarian meal ideas from around the world. I've tried them all, but this was by far the most successful.

Not only is it vegan and gluten-free, it's also super duper easy to make. I love it because it's really flavoursome (think along the lines of satay sauce) and also quite dense and filling. I usually serve with rice but it's probably fine on its own.

My writers' group experience

Wednesday, 26 February 2014


My novel in old notepads

My "novel"

I've been 'working on' a novel for 10 years now but it tends to spend most of its time in my bedside drawer.

This year I resolved it was time to make some serious progress and join a writers' group for motivation. Yet somehow on the morning of the group I'm feeling strangely unenthusiastic.  All of a sudden it seems vitally important to clean the house and go to the gym. Plus I'm feeling slightly hungover and could really do with a lie-in.


The truth is I'm more than bit nervous about going along. I imagine the others as published authors typing away on whizzy laptops. Will they sneer at my collection of dog-eared notepads (one of which is Forever Friends) and light-weight chick lit story? 

Imagine Children's Festival on Southbank

Friday, 21 February 2014


Imagine childrens festival on Southbank London

One of the most enjoyable things about having children is getting to share my favourite books.

As much as I'd like to claim to be reading the Booker list, it's more likely to be C.S. Lewis, Louisa M. Alcott or A.A. Milne with my daughters these days.

So unsurprisingly the Imagine festival on Southbank is always a highlight of the half term calendar. There's something very special about an event which gets children to step into the magical world of literature and really use their imaginations.

My African Valentine supper club in West London

Tuesday, 18 February 2014


My African Valentine supper club by Pepper and Stew
There's been a bit of a buzz about supper clubs in London of late. Now having at times felt a step behind when it comes to trends (speed dating totally bypassed me), I was determined not to miss out on this one. So when my friend invited me to My African Valentine pop-up restaurant I was keen to go along.

Supper clubs are essentially dining events held in people's homes or other temporary venues. They offer the chance to try unusual and home-cooked food, meet new people and usually bring your own alcohol. What's not to like?
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