detectives and thriller heroes

Yashim cooks Istanbul

Yashim Cooks Istanbul

“Reading detective stories in bed. I find this delightful at home, and even more delightful when I am away from home, a lost man. The fuss of the day is done wi...
Richard III Wensleydale cheese

Richard III Wensleydale Cheese

2015 has been Richard III’s year – or at least his best year yet since his death: so before the year comes to a close we should include a post on a remarkable c...
how to make the perfect dry martini

How To Make The Perfect Martini Cocktail

“You are my Marilyn. You are my lake full of fishes. You are my sky set, my 'Hollywood in Miniature,' my pink Cadillac, my highway, my Martini, the stage for my...
Val McDermid with Sue Black at the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Crime Writers’ Soft Herring Roes

What actually are herring roes? Sometimes known as 'melts', soft herring roes are the creamy, rich roes of male herring. 2014 was a bad year for them, and tinn...
how to cook jasmine rice

How To Cook Jasmine Rice

Let’s hope you live in a soft water area…. since I live on Hampshire chalk I am not so lucky. Well, at least not for making jasmine rice, but there’s always a b...