National Curry Week brings a spice of life

The Oxford Times:

12:52pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Helen Peacocke on how National Curry Week adds a dash of generosity

Vinegar passes the acid test at awards

The Oxford Times:

12:53pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Helen Peacocke speaks to the boss of prize-winning Chippy company Womersley

Guaranteeing fresh produce for Oxford

The Oxford Times:

12:32pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Helen Peacocke looks at a business that is championing local food producers

Use your loaf and see baker Geoff Coleman at work

The Oxford Times:

12:51pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Geoff Coleman’s workshop is one of several demonstrations worth watching at the Thame Food Festival, declares Helen Peacocke

Home baking can be a piece of cake

The Oxford Times:

12:50pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Helen Peacocke speaks to the foodie who has unveiled her first cookery book

Holy smokies and fresh food are us

The Oxford Times:

12:37pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Helen Peacocke finds out about all that’s cooking at Chris and Vix Mills’ Upton Smokery

How Jamie's fame topped off great culinary journey

The Oxford Times:

11:08am Thursday 11th September 2014

Gennaro Contaldo, who taught Jamie Oliver how to cook Italian food, gives Katherine MacAlister a pizza-making masterclass

Warm welcome to autumnal flavours

The Oxford Times:

1:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Helen Peacocke revisits The Old Swan at Minster Lovell where a favourite chef makes the end of summer feel cheerful

Meet the chef who is grilling for glory

The Oxford Times:

12:37pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Helen Peacocke talks and eats with Chef of the Year finalist Lahiru Jayasekara in his kitchen at The Manor, Weston-on-the-Green

Foodies hungry for hot festival tickets

The Oxford Times:

11:55am Thursday 21st August 2014

Helen Peacocke on Thame Food Festival and the Foodies Festival this bank holiday weekend

Food poisoning is still hot topic

The Oxford Times:

12:29pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Keeping illnesses at bay is essential when preparing summer feasts, as Helen Peacocke discusses

Lettuce play

The Oxford Times:

12:21pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Helen Peacocke leafs through some fun facts on salad

Book with all there is to know on food

The Oxford Times:

11:51am Thursday 31st July 2014

Helen Peacocke looks at one of the best reference works on food, containing some 3,000 entries

No wonder Irish eyes are smiling

The Oxford Times:

10:43am Thursday 24th July 2014

Helen Peacocke meets foodie heroine and dynamic Irish chef Darina Allen

Ale trail sups on country's beauty

The Oxford Times:

10:40am Thursday 17th July 2014

Helen Peacocke has a starter for ten trailling Brakspear's rural pub challenge

My journey back to the First World War

The Oxford Times:

10:36am Thursday 10th July 2014

Helen Peacocke visits Adlestrop to reflect on the food in the trenches

You can't keep a good cafe down

The Oxford Times:

10:32am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Helen Peacocke on a beloved institution in St. Giles

Travel the world on Cowley Road

The Oxford Times: Aziz's special Carnival curry, which has been created especially for the event

11:57am Thursday 26th June 2014

Helen Peacocke finds wonderful and exotic dishes being showcased ahead of the carnival

Picnic celebrates English summer

The Oxford Times: Moveable feasts: A picnic should be good on the eye as well as delicious to eat

10:52am Thursday 19th June 2014

Helen Peacocke reckons it's hard to beat the traditional 'pleasure party' in the great outdoors

Big banger theory for great sausages

The Oxford Times: In the mix: Making your own sausages means you know what's in them

10:43am Thursday 12th June 2014

Helen Peacocke on the history and the variety of the humble sausage

Best in chocolate daring, bar none

The Oxford Times: Choc-full: Enrico, Maya, Ella and Isabel Ramaglia at Deddington market

11:26am Thursday 5th June 2014

Helen Peacocke on the family mixing it up with delicious flavoured confections

Why Carluccio is the pasta master

The Oxford Times: Why Carluccio is the pasta master

12:56pm Thursday 29th May 2014

Helen Peacocke on the joys of a book about the new world of pasta shapes

The week to enjoy vegetarian cuisine

The Oxford Times: The week to enjoy vegetarian cuisine

11:41am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Helen Peacocke extols the virtues of meat-free diets - and the taste

Oxon can attract top French chefs

The Oxford Times: Oxon can attract top French chefs

12:44pm Thursday 15th May 2014

Helen Peacocke learns some tips from the Marseilles-trained chef at The Swan, Tetsworth

British asparagus is simply the best

The Oxford Times: Fresh asparagus

12:47pm Thursday 1st May 2014

Helen Peacocke calls in on one of the local working farms producing this king of the vegetables

It's time for tea at Jackie Williams' party

The Oxford Times: Superb cook: Jackie Williams, from Eynsham

11:35am Thursday 24th April 2014

Helen Peacocke on the history of tea-growing after sampling a vintage celebration

Tender local lamb is a great Easter treat

The Oxford Times: Sunday joint: Roast lamb with fresh asparagus

12:39pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Helen Peacocke looks at lamb's popularity through the centuries

Why we can learn a lot from Canada's culinary choices

The Oxford Times: Delicious: Pork steak and lentils smothered with maple syrup and served with apple balls cooked in ice wine

11:46am Thursday 10th April 2014

Helen Peacocke says we can take a leaf out of maple's versatility

Where to get the best pub lunches in Oxfordshire

The Oxford Times: Boxing gloves at The James Figg

10:41am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Helen Peacocke on some great county inns for food and atmosphere

Nourishing recipes for literary society

The Oxford Times: Jans Ondaatje Rolls

11:44am Thursday 27th March 2014

Helen Peacocke on a new cookbook about the influential Bloomsbury Set

When it comes to crunch, try celery

The Oxford Times: When it comes to crunch, try celery

10:52am Thursday 20th March 2014

Helen Peacocke says there are many ways to enjoy this delicious vegetable

Forgotten fish can prove a wise catch

The Oxford Times: Gone fishing: Final-year Hospitality Management students from Brookes University visiting Haymans. From left, Alex Nicholson, Lenka Cencialova, Hana Smetanova and Sarah James

11:23am Thursday 13th March 2014

Helen Peacocke meets students from Brookes University organising a ‘Supper to Save the Sea’

Bringing history to life in a feast

The Oxford Times: Serving: Professor David Woodfine

10:40am Thursday 6th March 2014

Helen Peacocke explains how food was presented in Shakespeare’s time

Pancake day tips - it's that flipping time once again

The Oxford Times: A tradition: classic pancakes

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

As Shrove Tuesday approaches, Helen Peacocke gives us her pancake tips

A lemonade that tastes of lemons at Samuelsons of Witney

The Oxford Times: Drinking to success: Jonathan Luker

10:49am Thursday 20th February 2014

Helen Peacocke talks to the brains behind soft drinks firm Samuelsons of Witney

Tomatoes make up the perfect Valentines meal

The Oxford Times: Tomatoes make up the perfect Valentines meal

10:59am Thursday 13th February 2014

Helen Peacocke on why ‘apples of love’ help to make the perfect romantic meal

Blue Tim is not a name to forget

The Oxford Times: Joint owner: Emma Darke inside the shop

10:55am Thursday 6th February 2014

Helen Peacocke explores the origins of a fabulous farm shop

Food to benefit cancer patients

The Oxford Times: A collection of ideas for people and their carers: Penny Ericson's book.

10:40am Thursday 30th January 2014

Helen Peacocke investigates the fresh ingredients that can keep the body strong

Can you stomach a hearty haggis?

The Oxford Times: Haggis is the centrepiece of a Burns supper

11:38am Thursday 23rd January 2014

Helen Peacocke on the traditions that accompany Burns Night

There's the rub - local mustard maker Bruce Young

The Oxford Times: There's the rub - local mustard maker Bruce Young

10:25am Thursday 16th January 2014

Helen Peacocke meets a one-man band who’s keen on mustard

Oxford Times Restaurant of the Year: The Killingworth Castle is a worthy winner

The Oxford Times: Winners: Jim and Victoria Alexander with staff and the award at The Killingworth Castle

Katherine MacAlister did not lose any sleep over choosing her favourite eaterie

Begin the day with a brilliant breakfast

The Oxford Times: Healthy: Blueberries provide the fresh fruit that each person needs

11:32am Thursday 9th January 2014

Helen Peacocke looks at the healthiest and tastiest options

Why 2014 will be my year of the farm shop

The Oxford Times: Supporting the local community: Alison Hall and butcher Chris Collins, owner of The Red Lion Farm Shop

10:56am Thursday 2nd January 2014

Helen Peacocke finds the healthiest animals at a farm in South Oxfordshire

At top table: Review of Oxfordshire's foodie year

The Oxford Times: Sensation: Ru and Ladd at the newly opened Oli’s Thai

12:00am Thursday 26th December 2013

After a year of culinary highlights, Katherine MacAlister marks the renaissance of foodie havens in the county

Cookery book recommendations for Christmas

The Oxford Times: Hours of great reading: Some of the cookbooks recommended by Helen

3:58pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Helen Peacocke flicks through the pages of the Christmas publications

WI chef Peter Lien is picked for a top tutor toast

The Oxford Times: Peter Lien

1:41pm Friday 29th November 2013

Helen Peacocke speaks to the head chef of a WI college named best tutor in the UK

Currant affairs: Stir Up Sunday

The Oxford Times: Currant affairs

5:03pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Helen Peacocke recommends getting out the big spoons for Stir Up Sunday

The National Trust brews up interest in craft beer

The Oxford Times: Staff at Delevals brewery, Stephen Milburn, Richard Milburn, Sarah Baxter, David Gilfillan, Kathleen Kirby, John Gilfillan and Kerri-Anne Barnes

3:12pm Friday 15th November 2013

Britain now has more small breweries per head than any other industrial nation. Helen Peacocke explores the NT’s beer links

The question is, turkey or goose?

4:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

Although Christmas Day is still several weeks away, there are certain items that are best prepared or ordered in advance, such as the Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mincemeat and the festive bird. For those who would like to sample locally-reared turkey and goose, Peach Croft Farm, Radley, is staging its famous Tasting Day from 10am to 3pm this Saturday. This annual event provides us all with a chance to try some of the farm’s scrumptious award-winning Christmas produce, most particularly the free-range turkey and geese that are allowed to develop naturally on grassy paddocks and fields around the farm. By tasting both goose and turkey, visitors to the farm will get the chance to decide whether to go for the nostalgic touch and choose roast goose, as eulogised by Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol or enjoy the glorious white flesh of a Bronze turkey.

Talk of the wild side at The Trout, Tadpole Bridge

11:10am Thursday 31st October 2013

I shall start, for a change, with a side dish — a significant change because I don’t think I have ever done this before. But the vegetable dishes and salads at The Trout at Tadpole Bridge are so much better than one customarily finds — Kenyan green beans and carrot batons, anyone? — that they deserve pride of place in this article.


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