I was leafing through the Lee Valley Tools Christmas flyer this morning when I came across an arcane kitchen oddment that caught my eye… No, it’s not a night stick for very short police officers or a miniature souvenir bat from the Slugger plant tour in Louisville, KY.

Guy Fieri

Maybe I’m giving Guy Fieri, self-proclaimed Cali(fornia) Kid, culinary wiz and diner diver, too much credit. But I think there may be more to the recent publicity fracas about his new NYC restaurant than meets the eye.

Classic French Onion Soup

Perhaps because it is such a treat and so unique a flavour experience, many cooks assume good Onion Soup is something that takes hours of preparation and leverages every trick in the soup chef’s pocket. That’s just not true!

Detailed computer models produced jointly by Scientists at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew (UK) and in Ethiopia, where coffee is a leading export, show that 70 per cent or more of the world’s coffee plants could be gone by 2080.

When I woke up this morning, it was -4C outside my bedroom window. Soup season has definitely arrived! And fall squash and root veggies are front and centre in the pantry.