I grow my own, brave the kitchen heat and know my woozy way around a wine list. Welcome to my post-lockdown world…

You may call it a blog if you must. It’s certainly a change of direction I’ve been putting off through years of journalistic hyper-activity. The lockdowns have made me reassess the food and drink I really care about. I feel refreshed and free of restraint. Even so. Please excuse the solipsistic sounding neilsowerby.co.uk. It’s not just about me. More the discoveries I want to share. Read more…

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Feed the kids’ bodies and minds – Dishoom hits 20m charity meal milestone

Akshaya Patra is an Indian charity providing free kids' meals on an unbelievable scale. How Dishoom restaurants are playing their part.
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A night of celebration – and campaigning – as MFDF Awards are handed out

All the winners at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards plus the co-ordinated fight to keep hospitality alive.

Prickly character – why I’m getting animated about cardoons 

The cardoon is the unsung cousin of the globe artichoke. What to do with these prickly characters once you've unearthed them?
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My Italian food trail: Rigatoni (but not con la pajata)

I visit a restaurant centred on rigatoni and explore the wider horizons of this favourite pasta

How a futile rhubarb pilgrimage ended in a patra epiphany at Prashad

I go to the Triangle in search of new season forced rhubarb and encounter an Indian veggie classic
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