Memorable meals [ November 11th, 2014 ] Posted in » Articles, Food, Travel articles

The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

The Rock Restaurant, Zanzibar

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to eat in some top quality restaurants in the UK and around the world.  But, while gourmet food is always fantastic at the time, I’ve come to the conclusion that memorable meals are really made so because of the location, the occasion and the people they are shared with.

One of my most unforgettable meals was a stuffed butternut squash, cooked over an open fire in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.  The fact that the guide leading our trip bothered to make such an intricate and tasty dish with only a wilderness camp fire for an oven still amazes me.  The act of sitting under the stars to share it with new friends from around the globe and our local guides from a neighbouring village in Botswana before we all embarked on camp fire tales and singing made it a meal to remember forever.

When it comes to scenic restaurants, a couple of places top my list.  In Israel, we once ate at The Red Sea Star restaurant which is underwater in the Red Sea.  I no longer have any clue what I ate on the night, but I’ll never forget the bizarre experience of eating a three course meal as beautiful species such as Red Sea Clownfish, Lionfish and the odd turtle swam past the windows.  I’m pretty sure we didn’t eat fish.

On the beautiful island of Zanzibar, we once spent a very happy lunchtime eating at The Rock Restaurant, a tiny little place on an islet just off the beach.  The view out across the Indian Ocean was breathtaking and part of the fun was wading back to shore after our meal, when the islet had become cut off by the high tide.

Without doubt though, top of the memorable meals list for me was a dining experience we shared in a rural family home in Vietnam, after a morning visit to the villagers involved in an micro financed project we were supporting.  We were invited into the home of a local lady who showed us how to cook a delicious range of traditional Vietnamese dishes, including fresh spring rolls, which were fried over the open fire in her kitchen.  For us  the very fact that we’d been invited into a village home made it a very special meal for us.  I think we provided some reciprocal enjoyment for our host too, because she was most amused by our attempts to use chopsticks to turn the food frying over the open fire.  Thankfully, she intervened and deftly flipped them, or we’d have frazzled them for sure.

It was simple home cooked food, but in a place and with people I will never forget.





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Summer open exhibition – Clock Tower Gallery

Shadows at the Citadel

I will once again be showing some of my work in the forthcoming Summer Open Exhibition at the Clock Tower Gallery, Sheffield.

The Clock Tower Gallery is within the Northern General Hospital on Herries Road, and the exhibition supports the Zest Arts in Health programme, so most of the work is for sale and twenty percent of the proceeds from all sales go to the programme.

If you haven’t been before, the Summer Open exhibition is worth a visit, as it attracts a wide range of artists, with mediums usually including fine art, photography, ceramics, textiles and jewellery.

It is open to the general public between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday and is showing between August 16th and September 17th.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Arts Project

July 21st, 2010 | Comments Off on Summer open exhibition – Clock Tower Gallery

Latest exhibition news

I’m really pleased to be taking part for a second time in the Wakefield Hospice Art Exhibition at QEGS. Held in support of the hospice, 20% of all sales fees go to the hospice funds, to help with patient care.

The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 31st October to Monday 2nd November between 10.00am and 6.00pm at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Northgate, Wakefield.

From December 7th, I will also be exhibiting work in the ‘Big Hang’ exhibition at Sheffield’s exciting new Arts Centre, Bank Street Arts. With work from a wide range of artists on sale, this will be a great exhibition to take in during those tedious Christmas shopping trips and could well be the place to head for some unusual and creative Christmas gifts this year.

October 12th, 2009 | Comments Off on Latest exhibition news

Aspects of Africa – solo exhibition April 2009

Aspects of Africa Exhibition - Himba BabyI’m now putting the finishing touches to work that will be included in my forthcoming exhibition at the Peak District National Park visitor centre in Castleton.

The exhibition is called Aspects of Africa and will showcase some of the images I have created during visits to Africa over the last seven years, including Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.

I absolutely love Africa and find it an endlessly fascinating place to be, with its miles of stunning landscape and wealth of wildlife.  The exhibition will touch on all these defining characteristics of Africa, but will also include a reminder that there is still immense hardship and poverty for many people there.

Responsible tourism is one way that visitors can do something to help reduce this poverty, by planning trips with local companies or by using tour operators who support and use local companies, to ensure that communities get a fair share of the income from tourism, rather than it being swallowed by a faceless corporate entity.

The Aspects of Africa exhibition will be on show from 1st April to 30th April 2009 at Castleton Visitor Information Centre, Buxton Road, Castleton, S33 8WN. 

A series of my local prints and greetings cards are also available from the visitor centre shop.

March 2nd, 2009 | Comments Off on Aspects of Africa – solo exhibition April 2009

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