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sometimes it's hard for new people to host, lead, or serve me and my friends when we get together as a group. we're loud, we cackle, and we have so many in-jokes going on that it's totally hard to keep up with each other, let alone be an outside looking in on that chaos. we are a force to be reckoned with, and sometimes the struggle on the faces of those around us is very real. take silvia, the sweet, italian owner of divino in vino, a boutique wine service based in london, whose difficult job it was a few weeks back, to take us through a tasting workshop on indigenous wines.


last sunday, ben and i decided to take a punt on the sunshine and head west for a spot of lunch. as you know, i'm not of the "west is best" school of thought, but having trawled the fuller's website for the prettiest (ie. most instagrammable) one in london, and discovering the dove in hammersmith sitting on the side of the thames all bathed in ivy, well, the decision was made for us. a table was booked, a plan to play out west for the day was laid, and off we went. let me tell you aaaall about it!


i am in an extremely lucky position, being able to travel this fine country of ours to its corners at the drop of a hat; i accept every offer to visit a new-to-me town that's thrown my way, never satisfied with staying home in london when i could be out exploring other parts of the united kingdom - and this past weekend was no different. this time, the offer to visit the home of hidden england was on the table, and with sun scheduled and ben in tow, i found myself on an early train out of the capital, headed an hour out of the city to lincolnshire for a country surprise. stretched across the county and its surrounds, "hidden england" aims to bring centuries-old heritage sites in to the spotlight as an integral part of english history, and promote tourism to some lesser-known towns


despite the utter failure of the last recipe post i wrote (thanks to those seven of you who read it), and purely based on the fact that i actually got to hang out in hello fresh's headquarters in shoreditch last week, i thought i'd try again. especially as after the epic spice masterclass with sabrina ghayour at the event, and the walls liiiiiined with inspiring cookbooks from all over the world in the "offices", i'm keen to get trying some more spicy combos of my own!