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?

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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