Fortune

FORTUNE      Dead on 5.30, Julia headed out of the office for the cinema where she and Simon were meeting  to see The Graduate. Simon belonged to a close-knit Jewish family of chocolatiers in the grand tradition of Franz Sacher (he…

Drama on the 25th

It’s Christmas Day  and  the  turkey- from a free range farm in Kent- was  all stuffed with chestnut, sage and apple stuffing ready to be popped into the oven. Start at gas mark 8  the instuctions stated. So I  turned the dial of…

Dhansak

Every New Year’s Day I’m invited for lunch at the home of a Parsi(Zoroastrian) friend where she cooks a typical Parsi dish  which is  dhansak. Every Parsi family has its  own secret, jealously  guarded  recipe handed down from generation to generation and no dhansak…

Burmese Days

A holiday in Burma       I’m in Katha where George Orwell set Burmese Days. It’s a bustling town, backed by distant mountains, on a bluff above the murky Irrawaddy where, days earlier, I’d glimpsed the rolling antics of a grey…