Bye Bye Barbarella!

It's with a very sad heart that the time has come to say goodbye to my beautiful street food kitchen a.k.a. Barbarella. She was named accidently by my old line manager at NICE, who found himself reminded ...

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  • Posted on January 03 2017

5 Easy Peasy Cheaper Than Chips Recipes for Students

- with just a handful of ingredients (for students who like to eat real food) I was packing some bits and pieces for my twin teens yesterday. They’re heading off to the big smoke for university this weekend. ...

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  • Posted on September 15 2016

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On The Road Again…

Summer was here. Then it went again. It might be back I heard. But I’m still feeling it, because for the first time in five years I am not working throughout the summer months. I’m also ...

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  • Posted on June 18 2016

Barbarella for hire!

This is a unique opportunity to hire this bespoke catering trailer, as a fully portable commercial kitchen to operate yourself. Barbarella is a one of a kind, British built Silver Bullet trailer in anodised aluminium. Built by Retro Rocket in 2009, ...

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  • Posted on April 29 2016

The Rise of the Rice Pudding

It was an honour to be asked into the BBC News studio last weekend, to talk about the latest resurgence for rice pudding. One of the producers remembered I made a rice pudding in the MasterChef kitchen back in 2011. Actually ...

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  • Posted on April 14 2016

  • News

15 Minute Vegan Street Food

I’ve wanted to write this blog post for a while now. Ironically I’ve simply not had the time. I wanted to go through Vegan Street Food with a mindset of only having fifteen minutes to cook ...

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  • Posted on March 31 2016

Ramen CURES whiplash! (not really)

Ramen cures whiplash. Well something sure did. Waking up in pain has been a daily occurance since my tumble down the mountain on Christmas Eve. But after my ramen-filled night out at Tim Anderson's new restaurant Nanban the other ...

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  • Posted on January 23 2016

  • News

What’s YOUR favourite Thai dish?

There's no doubt that the world has fallen in love with Thai food. I don't think I've ever met someone who says they don't like it. I probably wouldn't trust them if they did! Joking ...

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  • Posted on December 15 2015

  • Travel

Bolton Winter Festival

Due to a change in the tipi programme, we are replacing my Supper Club pop ups this weekend with a one off special this Saturday! We will be serving a very special ‘Hungry Gecko Street Food’ menu  ...

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  • Posted on December 03 2015

  • Events

Plastic is rubbish!

Plastic is rubbish. There are no two ways about it really. My friend and travel buddy Kate is so concerned, in 2007 she started a website that contains all manner of information about plastic. What it is? Why it doesn&rsquo ...

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  • Posted on September 29 2015

  • News

Indian Street Food - Ode to the Samosa

Our adventures in Northern India began after we rapidly abandoned a rain-swamped Delhi and took the quick flight hop to Leh, capital of the astounding Himalayan region of Ladakh. After several glorious weeks trekking, we took the overland route back ...

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  • Posted on July 11 2015

Welcome to Vegan Street Food!

After many many months of hard work, my first cookery book is finally complete! It's been quite a journey to get to this point but I am incredibly proud of it. Huge thanks must go to the very talented ...

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  • Posted on July 11 2015

  • News

Wedding bells, festival fields & a pop up!

It's been a tough time of late juggling all my (no pun intended) plates right now. Festival season is well underway and so is wedding season. Trying to balance all this with launching my sauces at Foodies Festival at ...

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  • Posted on June 13 2015

  • Events

What’s YOUR favourite sandwich?

Who doesn’t love a sandwich? They come in all shapes and sizes, and with all manner of fillings. They’re the staple of British lunchtimes and probably the main reason most of us can’t bear ...

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  • Posted on May 12 2015

  • News

Vermilion Pop Up

Some of you may have seen I’m cooking at Vermilion in June as part of their Guestraunt series involving street food chefs from around Manchester. I’ve decided to really push myself with my menu, to give ...

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  • Posted on April 15 2015

  • Events

Fabulous food in northwest Thailand, O Mae O Mae O Mae!

One of my favourite food journeys in Thailand started in the fantastically friendly and colourful border town, Mae Sot. The road from here broadly follows the Burmese border north onto Mae Sariang and then Mae Hong Son. We finally rested ...

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  • Posted on March 26 2015

  • Travel

A 5:2 Vegan… say what?

My name’s Jackie and sometimes I eat too much cheese. I do feel like it’s a confession. I embrace veganism, but not all the time. I’ve discussed the vaguaries of defining vegetarianism before. There ...

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  • Posted on February 26 2015

Eating our way around Georgetown, Penang Island

The island of Penang was the first place I ever visited in SE Asia. In the early nineties, Lee and I nabbed some cheap flights to Bangkok, hoofed our way from the airport across the city to Hualalumpong station and ...

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  • Posted on February 25 2015

  • Travel

Banana Leaf Banquet Charity Dinner at The Beagle

Tickets have been selling fast for our charity dinner. I'm proud to be involved in such an event and very happy to be supporting such amazing charities (read more about them below). We have also had much generous support ...

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  • Posted on February 06 2015

  • News

Cambodia: Horrible histories, beautiful temples & elusive dolphins

It’s difficult not to fall in love with Cambodia. We spent our days exploring atmospheric, jungle-encased temples, making friends with warm and welcoming locals, searching for elusive dolphins and sampling delicious and fragrant food. My favourite town was ...

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  • Posted on February 06 2015

  • Travel

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