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Food, Love & Nostalgia.

Love and memories are so intrinsically linked with food, not just about the taste or look but the connection that it creates. Although I understand that negative memories can be linked too, I definitely have had my fair share, but I will be looking at this at a later date.

So many memories are connected to food...but not always grand lavish affairs. I am lucky enough to have eaten in some glorious restaurants and had amazing food, spent with those closest to me but those moments that I truly connect with are nostalgic snapshots of my life that are all wrapped up with a whole host of food and love.

Here are a few of my fond memories:

  • Pick-your-own strawberries in the summer, wearing dresses and my favourite red sandals (aged 4 to 10 predominantly)

  • Thick doorstep toast with butter and blackcurrant jam (every time I smile and think of my grandad, he was a massive fan)

  • My first oyster on a campsite in the south of France (beautifully fresh and straight from the sea, as were we)

  • Butterfly cakes (love the making, giving and eating)

  • Houmous Friday with my antenatal gang

  • Nan’s rock cakes warm from the oven (crisp on the outside and super fluffy inside)

  • Christmas Eve Tapas

  • After school scones smiles (my kids coming home hungry - fresh and warm without butter)

Now I know the memories may sound simplistic but you cannot choose what or how you connect, they choose you. What are your fond food memories?

Be kind to yourself and take your time to enjoy food fully...see events below.

See you at the table.

Jo x

P.S. please let me know what you would like to see at the table?


2021 continues to hit us with a whole lot more of the crazy that we would love to escape. We are all hanging in there with home-schooling, working from home & supporting everyone around us. I am continuing with delivering allergy friendly treats, it is lovely to be part of the surprise. This week has seen many birthday treats in the form a cake. Love gift boxes, whether sweet or savoury, can be given you anyone you love including yourself. A simple pleasure of fresh food delivered to your/their door.

Unfortunately, some events will no longer go ahead but you'll be delighted to hear that I am in the process of moving and adding dates, both with Lovely Bread hat on and also in my other guises - Table Stories and Cooking courses. All of my events are tailored to be allergy-friendly - this means that you can socialise safe in the knowledge that you won't be eating something you'll regret!

Details as follows:

Table Stories Mexican Supper Club 12th March 2021 ( additional dates coming soon)

Gather and enjoy an evening without boundaries, allergy friendly food your friends and family will love. Join us

Book Here

Cooking Courses (new dates coming soon)

Having allergies is not as tricky as you think…learn how to prepare quick tasty and nutritious allergy friendly (100% Gluten Free), vegetarian meals using simple and seasonal ingredients. Each evening will include quick and tasty recipes, plus ideas to tweak ingredients to create new recipes. You will get to sample each week’s menu and take home recipes to make your own.

This is the perfect gift idea for the budding cooks in your life!

Private Dining *(directly or via Create 98)

I am also now cooking for private dining events in your home or at Create 98,

Please get in touch with me, if you'd like to know more.


And as always, Lovely Bread and Stuff are baking and supplying you with the best allergy-friendly goods. Here is a sample of our Monday menus - follow on Instagram or Facebook to see latest menus, subscribe or get in touch if you'd like to know more:



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