How to Make the Best Pumpkin Soup

Also just as fantastic when made with butternut squash, this pumpkin soup is thick, velvety, piquant, slightly sweet, and hugely hugely comforting. It's great as a meal in itself on a cold day, or as a sumptuous dinner-party starter. It's lower-carb, gluten and sugar-free, and can be adapted to be vegetarian and vegan. Enjoy!

Travel In Pictures: Folkestone Triennial Contemporary Art Festival 2017

The fourth Folkestone Triennial contemporary art festival runs until 5 November 2017. Two weeks ago I downloaded a copy of the Triennial map and spent a happy day exploring this arty, bohemian, regenerating British seaside town while searching for the contemporary art installed all around it. Here's pictures of some of the installations, to whet your appetite in case you fancy doing the same, or in case you can't get there in person.

Foodie Travel: Abergavenny Food Festival 2017

I spent a gloriously foodie weekend 15th - 17th September 2017 at Abergavenny Food Festival - 'the Glastonbury of food festivals' in Wales, UK. Foodies came from far and wide to hear, and mingle with, chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers. All were there to enjoy, celebrate, revel in, and learn about food. There was so much to do at AFF that I couldn't manage even half of what I wanted to. But here's just a snapshot of all my favourite bits of AFF 2017 as I experienced it.

Food Politics: Plants Rock! – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at Abergavenny Food Festival 2017

Being passionate about good quality, healthy food is inextricably linked with the politics, economics, ethics and education surrounding it. Last weekend I went to see food writer, broadcaster and activist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall talking at Abergavenny Food Festival in Wales, UK, about his life in food. A significant and compelling part of what he said was about his food activism, and especially about why - from an ethical and health perspective - we should all be eating less and better meat, and more plants. In summarising what he said in this post, I'm trying to do my small bit to spread Hugh's important and inspiring messages.

Travel In Pictures: 6 Must-Try Food Experiences in Brighton

If you've got a free weekend and fancy making it foodie, it's a fine idea to go and explore all that Brighton has to offer. Its food scene is in itself up there in the top reasons to visit Brighton. So here's my tips for just 6 must-try food experiences - all within 15 minutes walk of each other in the centre of this fabulous funky city. Whether you fancy fresh local seafood, fish and chips, the most decadent chocolate cake, gourmet vegetarian, or something a bit more global - no worries, it's all here.

Travel In Pictures Summer Season: Brighton Seafront & West Pier

So August has ended, the kids have dragged their feet back to school, commuter trains are once again standing room only, and people are beginning to post 'jokes' about how many sleeps it is 'til Christmas. But let's not give in so easily - if it's only early September and it's 19° outside, then it's still a British summer, right?! So my Travel in Pictures Summer Season is extended for a couple of weeks longer, and today invites you for a stroll along the promenade to take in Brighton (UK) beach and seafront, and the wonderfully iconic, mesmerising and desolately beautiful West Pier. There's just no doubt that Brighton seafront is one of the top 10 reasons to visit Brighton. And arguably, one of the top 10 reasons to visit England!

Travel In Pictures Brighton Summer Season: The Lanes & The North Laine

The next stop-offs in my Travel in Pictures Brighton 'Summer Season' are two fabulous areas for wandering, hanging out day or night, and shopping - next to each other, but with quite different characters. First we're losing ourselves in the twisting maze of Harry-Potter-Diagon-Alley-esque, centuries-old, historic Lanes. And then we're treating ourselves to a bit of funky bohemia in the North Laine.

Travel In Pictures Brighton Summer Season: Brighton Pier

It's Brighton Summer Season throughout August here at Santé Bon Viveur, and one of my top 10 reasons to visit is Brighton Pier. It conjures up and offers everything that a traditional day at the British seaside used to be - fish and chips, a pint of beer, a stick of rock, deck chairs, the helter skelter, ice cream, fairground rides and the amusement arcade. The most visited tourist attraction outside London, I hope these pictures will give you at least a tiny glimpse of why Brighton Pier remains so popular....

Travel In Pictures Summer Season: Top 10 Reasons to Visit Brighton

My Travel in Pictures feature is having a Brighton, UK 'summer season' throughout the whole of August! To kick off, here's my top 10 reasons why you should visit this uniquely wonderful, colourful, vibrant, hedonistic, bohemian city.