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Writer and Cook

Philip Dundas

Baking Mad

Call me a curmudgeon, but I have never been able to fathom the baking craze. Not that I don’t hold in high esteem the skill and talent required. But behind this refined, sugary, lardy, high-carb cooking spree that has become our national obsession, all these floury delights and their cheap mass production imitations are making everyone bigger. And here we go with another round of wonderfully ... more

Rehabilitating Prison Life

As a little boy, I was constantly in trouble. Nothing serious by most standards - the petty misdemeanours of a wayward lad growing up on a farm - but pretty much everything I did offended ...

Cooking Without Recipes
'Read, inwardly digest, then throw the book away. This is the first day of the rest of your life in the kitchen'. Simon Callow more
The Garage

Before it gets revamped by the wonderfully inventive Meat Liquor, here's a reminder of the heady pop-up days at the Citroen Garage in Upper St

Cooking Behind Bars

A short film by Timothy West & Pete Laverty about the creation of the Cabin Cafe, a rehabilitation project I have been running at Hydebank Wood College, a young offenders secure unit in Belfast.

Perfect Summer Picnics

A picnic should be organised like any other meal; with timing, balance, poise and companionable guests. And given the potential style of a picnic, an eye for detail.The flavours, textures and colours of the experience need to match the perfection of our natural surroundings.