Julia Watson
Food facts (sometimes indigestible) and food history, with travel tales about unexpected ingredients (Ant Soup, anyone?), and do-able recipes.
Created 25 Nov 2020
  • Not socks or hankies - prunes, please!
    10 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 5 0
    I don’t want to alarm you, but as of 10 November, there are only 45 days before friends and relations will be unwrapping your Christmas presents. I only mention it because if you haven’t saved up to b...
  • A shopping list for Old Mother Hubbard
    03 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    The world's powerful are gathered in Glasgow. (Or, if you're CNN’s crew, Edinburgh. That impenetrable Scottish accent - ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Glasgow’ do sound the same.) If we ignore global warming (which...
  • Pumpkin positivity
    27 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 5 0
    Pumpkins get an unfairly bad rap. Aspiring princesses understandably select gilded carriages over pumpkins as a superior means of travel, but produce as transportation is never reliable, and, as child...
  • Eat like a champ - or a chimp?
    20 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 5 2
    In poor old Blighty it’s not just Brexit and the resultant diminishing food stocks that are forcing people to examine what they might be eating in the very near future. Global warming (which refers to...
  • Cabbages for kings
    13 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 3
    The cook at our school was a feared and respected personage born in the reign of Queen Victoria named Fanny, after the romantic heroines of her day. Dressed always in a freshly starched, twilight-blue...
  • Another gross British food tradition?
    06 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 5 9
    One Christmas, living in Washington DC where I became infected by the American enthusiasm for extreme festive decoration, I set fire to the house. Twice. I had, in the Martha Stewart way of things, la...
  • Keep bees buzzing - or starve!
    29 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 4 7
    In Amorgos, the easternmost island in the Cyclades, Mikis is worried about his bees. The breakfast he and his wife set out at Mike’s Place, their hotel at the tiny port in Aeghiali, offers flower-flav...
  • A cabbage with a college education
    21 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 7 9
    A year before the persecution of the Rohingya people became known, I went a-travelling round Burma. (Before you dip your quill into your inkwell, courageous opponents of the Myanmar military regime se...
  • How to cook a ball
    15 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    It may be because of how it looks - like a knobbly ball that’s been kicked about a bit in a chalky field - or because it is dauntingly large, but celeriac doesn’t seem to be much revered. The French m...
  • An edible sportsman's bouquet
    08 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 4 5
    My father used to call the once winter-season-only vegetable ‘cerely’, much as No1 daughter, when little, used to call trucks ‘rollies’, which made lorries seem almost as powerful as American 18-wheel...
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