Author Archives: Jonathan Kent

A Wet Monday in Paris

The true essence of Paris is piss. It’s the smell of freedom. It’s the smell of every Frenchman’s right to use any pavement, any doorway, any alleyway to relieve himself. Heaven knows all those spaces are cleaner and more inviting … Continue reading

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The Real Cost of Paintballing

I took Luca paintballing yesterday. It was fun. Delta Force has paintball centres across the UK. It’s clearly an efficiently run operation. Once you’ve contacted them they will stay on your case with calls or texted offers and one such … Continue reading

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The Cartoon is Mightier than the Keris

My latest for the BBC’s From Our Own Correspondent: A city like Kuala Lumpur changes a lot when you’ve been away eight years, but the Coliseum Cafe does not. A still centre in the whirlwind, it’s much the same as … Continue reading

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Prawn, Avocado and Watercress Salad

Another day, another recipe. I have a bit of a dilemma. I tend to use cooking for others as a love/nurture thing. But, especially at this time of year, that can mean stodge, carbs and comfort food. But that just … Continue reading

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Smoked Cauliflower Soup

There are some meals that just linger in the memory. One such I ate in Paris a couple of years ago with a friend. We’d booked ourselves into Les Papilles on Rue Gay-Lussac. It operates a single menu. You get … Continue reading

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The Passing of Seasons

One of the things I missed about England when I was in SE Asia was the passage of time marked out in seasons. Malaysia was one long, deathless summer. Everything was constantly green. The only change was the coming of … Continue reading

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The Bestest Ever Fish Pie Recipe

Fish pie! It’s comfort food pure and simple. There’s nothing very elegant about fish pie. You can make individual ones and serve them up in individual oven-to-table bowls. That’ll give you an authentic pub-kitchen look. Or to can just say ‘bugger … Continue reading

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