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…

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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Tarte Tatin – quest for the golden apples in the Galeries Lafayette

A cookery lesson in the heart of Paris leads me on a quest to discover the secrets of tarte tatin
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Mythical feasts of Mykonos as Fenix lands by the ‘wine dark’ Irwell

Fenix is a glamorous addition to the Manchester food and drink scene. Does it matter if it is not always authentically Greek?
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Random reads – my recommended books of 2023

My pick of some favourite titles – from Berlin to bars, spooks to noodles
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