Articles by Matt Gregory

Step-by-step: how to make your own bacon

Making your own isn’t hard and will result in a sublime bacon sandwich…

Guide to making your own fruity booze

A dram of sloe gin is the very essence of an autumn afternoon’s foraging. Matt Gregory shows you how to make your own…

Langton Brewery: genius in a shed

Published July 2, 2012 By Matt Gregory Touring Europe, particularly Italy, looking for inspiring wines made by interesting people has led me to visit many small producers. Most of these artisans make tiny volumes, usually from their own vines and more often than not in glorified sheds. The romance of this is inescapable: the idea of […]

The summer art of the English barbecue

Published May 30, 2012 By Matt Gregory Usually it’s the pungent whiff of fire-lighters and flammable liquids that heralds the arrival of the barbecue season, but wouldn’t it be nice if it was the seductive whiff of wood smoke and meat as it sizzled happily on the grills? The barbecue has come of age – there […]

Wild garlic season: tips and a recipe

Wild garlic is a super little treat for the beginning of spring. If you can, track it down before it flowers as it’s a little brighter and less bitter on the palate. Wild garlic leaves are great put straight into a cheese sandwich, or indeed just rolled around cheese. Wild garlic ‘pesto’ is a wonderful […]

Blog: Provenance. Who cares?

By Matt Gregory If you are interested in food, you are encouraged from all quarters to investigate the origin of what you put in your mouth. All those key words: local, sustainable, ethical, seasonal – and some of the more hard to define words: farm fresh, homemade, selected, prize winning and the rest – all […]

Blog: why our farmers’ markets must change

By Matt Gregory. On the face of it, anyone interested in food, its production or provenance welcomes farmers’ markets with open arms. The Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) states: “The prime aim of the market must be to develop a vibrant environment where consumers and producers are brought together and the farmers’ market principles […]