Friday, 19 September 2014

The Naws have it - on the question of Scottish independence

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Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that.
("Is There for Honest Poverty" - Robert Burns)

Wherever you stood on the question of Scottish independence, whether you were able to vote or not, a democratic decision has been made that the Union will continue.

Let's hope that real change will come now, as has been promised, so that the 45% of Scotland's population who said "Yes" to independence might be convinced that we really can be better together:


O let us not, like snarling curs,
In wrangling be divided,
Till, slap! come in an unco loun,
 And wi' a rung decide it!
Be Britain still to Britain true,
Amang ourselves united;
For never but by British hands
Maun British wrangs be righted!
No! never but by British hands
Shall British wrangs be righted!
("Does Haughty Gaul Invasion Threat" - Robert Burns)

In the meantime, the biscuit tin pictured above from M & S is a rather sweet way of highlighting just how great Britain can be (and contains some lovely Scottish shortbread, no less).

Friday, 18 July 2014

Hyper Japan 2014 is coming! Indulge in your J-Love this weekend 25-27 July

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If you're a fan of Japanese food, fashion, art, books, film, music, pottery, video games, technology or culture, or interested in visiting the land of the rising sun for yourself, Hyper Japan is the event for you.

Starting next Friday and on till Sunday at Earls Court, it's a huge showcase of all things Japanese, but with a definite slant towards to popular culture, although traditional Japan is well represented too.

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Each year is bigger and better - you can attend the Sushi Awards and the Sake Experience, sing along to a J-Pop concert , and even watch a bunraku puppet opera starring the legendary Vocaloid.

There are also smaller events running each day where you can learn to make sushi, watch a sword fight, see geisha dance, try calligraphy or origami, or download new video games for your DS.

You cam also stuff yourself silly with all the gorgeous food on offer, and load up on all things kawaii at Hyper Kawaii or uniquely Japan at the Hyper Fringe Market.

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One of the best things to do is gawk at the amazing cosplayers or you can join in the fun yourself like I did.

Children under 10 go free with a paying adult - I'm taking my daughter with me.

Tickets cost £12 in advance here, or £15 on the door, main stage schedules here.

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Friday 25 - Sunday 27 July 2014
Earl's Court

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Geisha dancing
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Llama!
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Beautiful (and cheap!) Japanese crockery from Doki Tableware
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More crockery from Doki
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That's Monkey D. Luffy but who is the girl?
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Siro-A - a bit like the Blue Man Group
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Llamas!
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Amazing matcha kakigori from Nice Ice
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Sasuke Ramen which rose from the ashes of Mitsukoshi London
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Japanese Street Food galore
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Eel Rice Bowl (unadon) and JFC (chicken karaage)
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Japanese Cookery Demos
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J Books and Magazines
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The Nintendo 3DS Zone
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Traditional Japanese clothing eg Haori and Yukata (both types of kimono) 
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Neko! (cute kitty cats)
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Japanese Confectionary = crazy Kit Kats
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Luigi!

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

#Noodlebook Launch


Last month, I held a book launch for Noodle! at the Drapers Arms in Islington. 

It was an amazing night, and I was surrounded by so many lovely people, that I wanted to share some photos and say thank you to everyone who made it such a success.

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The Drapers Arms - the beautiful venue
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© Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography

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Let Thohk Sohn - Burmese Rainbow Salad © Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography
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© Martin Stirrup
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Food Urchin as barman © Uyen Luu

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Gary Fenn (Big Spud), Kavita Favelle (Kavey Eats), Catherine Phipps, and James Ramsden
© Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography

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Bombay Mix Shots © pp gettins / Gettins Images
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Jason from Feast to the World and me © Uyen Luu
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© Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography
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Chef Tim Anderson and me with our lovely Laimon Fresh
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Matcha from Japan Centre
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Mini Ramen Burgers and Bombay Mix Shots
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Edd Kimber and Danny Kingston © Shaan Mahrotri
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Goodies from Sous Chef
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© Martin Stirrup
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Salted Caramel Brownies by Bittersweet Bakers © pp gettins / Gettins Images

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© Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography
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© Uyen Luu

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Bun Cha - Vietnamese Pork Patties with Herbs and Noodles © pp gettins / Gettins Images

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© Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography
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Goodies from Clearspring
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With my agent Juliet Pickering © Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography

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Liang Fen - Spiced Mung Bean Jelly Noodle Salad © pp gettins / Gettins Images

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Happy customer © Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography
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More goodies from Sous Chef
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Let ThohkSohn - Burmese Rainbow Salad © pp gettins / Gettins Images
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Bags of joy from SeeWoo Foods © pp gettins / Gettins Images

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Matt Inwood from my publisher Absolute Press © pp gettins / Gettins Images
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With the Pork Pie Queen - Sarah from Bray's Cottage
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In-laws!  © Martin Stirrup
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Family! © Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography

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Earl Grey and Yuzu Friands from Bittersweet Bakers © pp gettins / Gettins Images
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With Vietnamese food writer and supperclub owner Uyen Luu ©  Uyen Luu

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© Ozzy Beck / Karohemd Photography
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With Jennie Brotherston from Free Cakes for Kids Hackney and Pete Fraser from Down I Go

Special thanks to Nick Gibson for letting me run riot in his beautiful pub and his staff for putting up with us.

Thanks also to:

Last but not least, I want to say a BIG thank you to: 
for  sponsoring the night and providing the incredible, gobsmacking goodie bags - I didn't really know what they were going to send me until it all turned up and, boy, did they deliver!

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Look at all the loveliness! © Jordi Morrison
I ordered fabulous cakes from Bittersweet Bakers - Earl Grey and Yuzu Friands and Salted Caramel Brownies.

My dress, a cheeky cherry print number, was from Collectif in Old Spitalfields Market; my fantastic noodle hat was by Sara Sews Vintage on Etsy; and my ridiculous ice cream heel shoes were by Melissa + Karl Lagerfeld.

Snacks served on the night came from Noodle! (of course) and were as follows:

  • Chevda - Cheat's Bombay Mix (p151);
  • Ramen Burger (p152);
  • Let Thohk Sohn - Burmese Rainbow Salad (p134); 
  • Bun Cha (Grilled Pork Patties and Herbs (p120);
  • Dipping Soba (p148); and 
  • Liang Fen - Spiced Mung Bean Jelly Noodle Salad (p128)
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With Tim Anderson, Paul Hart and Danny Kingston

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You can buy signed copies of Noodle! here. I'll even draw you a crummy picture.