I am a journalist and researcher, developing screen stories and scripts for the film industry.
My career began with a bang in 1990 when I bought a one way ticket to Moscow on a whim and found work as a journalist at Moscow Magazine and then as the food and travel writer for The Moscow Times.
Coups, war and revolution. It was a mad time to become an Aeroflot Frequent Flyer. My book The Wistful Gourmet; stories and recipes from Russia gives you a glimpse of life during those fascinating years.
Since then I have opted for a much quieter life. In my spare time now, away from film scripts, I’m a gardener, cook and farmer in the Ardèche, France. I have developed an obsession with jam making and preserving which is endless fun.
Follow my adventures of life on a chestnut farm in the south of France. If you want to skip the gardening, then delve straight into seasonal recipes for preserving and cooking homegrown fruit and veg.
*The Ardèche is a département in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France.