Hello, we’re Colin and Mitch (short for Michelle). We live in England with our cat, Jiji. We’re not very Instagrammable so here’s a splendid picture of us drawn by our wonderful goddaughter. It’s a very good likeness.
We are very lucky to have been able to visit many parts of the world, to see amazing sites, wildlife and landscape and to be able to experience many different cultures. Of the numerous pleasurable things about travel, one of the greatest is getting to sample and enjoy the local food.
Food is more than nutrition. It plays such an important part in so many cultures all over the world – bringing people together, it forms the focal point for festivals and celebrations and is fundamental to the expression of cultural identity.
Please join us on our journey into food and drink from across the globe. This blog is about the places we’ve visited and the dishes we’ve tasted as well as recipes for dishes that we’ve tried to recreate when we’ve arrived back home. We are also interested in growing ingredients and preserving food. In addition, there are handy travel tips for particular locations and etiquette advice.
Our Travel Philosophy
Whenever we travel we try to adhere to the following principles:
Be respectful and kind. We are representatives for our country as much as our hosts are for theirs.
We have been very lucky to have met some amazing people on our journeys and to have experienced the kindness of strangers all over the world. It’s so important to accept hospitality with good grace. We always eat food that we are offered, even if it is a bit challenging.
We always try to speak a few words of the language of the country we are visiting. At the very least, we learn to say ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank You’. Any attempt to speak the language, however incompetent, is always very much appreciated.
We like to learn about local customs and traditions, to try to understand about the country’s history and culture.
We’re always aware that conditions and facilities may not be as comfortable as home. We consider ourselves lucky to be travelling. Many of the local people we have met on our trips, especially those who are hosting us or guiding us, have never had the chance to travel to other countries.
We try to be considerate of other people when taking photos and when we’ve taken the shot, we try to give others a chance to take theirs. And sometimes, it’s really important just to ditch the camera and enjoy the experience.
When you’re on the road: If you get a chance to eat, eat; if you get a chance to drink, drink; if you get a chance to go to the loo, well, you know what to do…
Thanks so much for stopping by. We hope you enjoy this very tasty world.
- A Walk Around AlderneyAlderney is the third largest, or indeed, third smallest of the populated Channel Islands, an archipelago in the English Channel, which are closer to the coast of France than to England and a crown dependency of the UK. Alderney is a small island, around 8 square km, and has a population of just 2000 people. … Continue reading
- Go With The Sloe – How to Make Sloe GinIt’s autumn in the UK, which means it’s the perfect season for foraging for fruit and mushrooms in the countryside. We are lucky to have many sloe (blackthorn) bushes in our local area and one of our favourite things to do at this time of year is to make sloe gin. It’s a really easy … Continue reading
- Big In Japan – A Day at the SumoThe recent news that Yokozuna Hakuho, the record-breaking sumo wrestler, is finally planning to retire after a stellar career, prompted us to look back on a splendid day at the sumo in Tokyo, back in 2007 when Hakuho had just been promoted to the highest rank in the sport. Sumo wrestling is the national sport … Continue reading
- RECIPE: Thai Green CurryThailand’s famous curries are amongst our all-time favourites. Kaeng khiao wan is a sweet green curry, kaeng phet is a hot red curry. It’s generally the chillies that determine the colour of the curry, although the milder yellow curry, kaeng kari, uses turmeric. Other popular curries include Massaman (which has Indian and Malay influences in … Continue reading
- Intro to the FaroesThe Faroe Islands are a tiny archipelago located in the Atlantic ocean, just south of the Arctic Circle. If you look at the map you’ll see them around half-way between Norway and Iceland. They are an autonomous territory of Denmark and comprise 18 main islands with a plethora of smaller islands, all of which are … Continue reading