I can't remember a time when food – cooking and eating – wasn't one of my favourite activities. My grandmother was a domestic science teacher (I still have some of her handwritten recipes) and my father, a keen cook. These two and a GCSE in Home Economics taught me to cook, while a curious mind, a love of all things convivial and a tendency to gluttony taught me to eat.
In 2002, my amateur interest turned professional as I joined the BBC Food team, researching and writing for the award-winning website. We built a bespoke recipe database, interviewed chefs and resurrected vintage footage to work online. And we enjoyed ourselves! I'll never forget a long lunch at Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons one summer, complete with tour of the kitchen with Raymond Blanc.
Oyster & Pearl was purely a food blog for a while, back in 2011, when I wrote about the eating adventures of our young family. A couple of years on and I ended up co-writing a book about the food and eating habits of the monks of Mount Athos, a monastic state in Greece with an exceptionally healthy population. I developed, wrote and tested recipes, a repertoire of both authentic Greek recipes and international dishes based on the orthodox fasting pattern. The Mount Athos Diet was published in 2014 and has since been translated into Romanian and Estonian.
Now, food and recipes are an integral part of the blog. As well as recipe development and photography, I enjoy writing about food. Drawn to nostalgia, ritual and childhood memories, I apply my editorial style and experience to a range of content – from first person experiences and reminiscences to the new and unusual. There are also reviews of products, bars, cafes and restaurants, and I regularly work with brands to develop innovative and original content.
Here are a few of my food and recipe posts.
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Drop me a line if you'd like to collaborate on an upcoming food feature - firstname.lastname@example.org. Opportunities include reviews of foodie destinations as well as products, services and experiences, and possible inclusion in forthcoming posts, features and city guides.