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We’re all on some kind of a journey with food and cooking.

Do you order a simple espresso, or a grande capulata-skini-chini-thingy… and do you even care what a ‘dirty burger’ is?

Do you love to spend time playing your kitchen mandoline… or do you have a cupboard full of kitchen tools but never seem to have the right one for the job ?

Stressed COOKS

This blog is for you if you are done with going round and round in circles searching for real advice online, have run out of time, and desperately need to simplify a busy life.

Wanna-be CHEFS

This blog is for you if you want to know the tricks of the trade, what’s hot and what’s not, and need to channel your inner domestic god…ess !

We hope you are hungry for good, honest information on all of this to help you understand food and cooking more.

Life is a journey, and we’re well down the road ourselves, so let us help you find time to use both your brain, and your Braun !

A little bit about us.

The food and drink we love…

is the simple, the innovative, the top quality, the authentic, the re-invented, the contrasts… and as much healthytarian as we can handle. Genuine service, honesty, and being the best of the best is what matters most.

As we journey ourselves, we will mark things we have lived and loved, or those things on our own wish list for you too. Yes we love Swizzel’s love hearts too! Click on the love heart below to open a separate page to keep an eye on things with our stamp of approval. 


Let’s clarify and simplify !


We can help you make that kitchen work better for you? We will cut through all that chaotic, biased, or incorrect information we see online, and review things that we believe in, or that we love to use – with both obsession and passion. And, oh, we definitely obsess over detail.

We aren’t the cooking experts, just the messenger, living and loving the foodie journey ourselves. We want to be your expert messenger. We’ll simplify the best information, and introduce the best cooking expertise. It’s a  hugely complex online world, so we’ll feed you what you need, so that you can get on with cooking more, and better.  



and help each other too

We also want to help you all connect with each other and have some fun bringing the goodness of food back into all our lives.

So, as well as the most nitty-gritty, honest equipment reviews, let us nourish and feed you through our blog,  and Instagram and Facebook. We’ll share juicy recipes we’ve tried……… interesting foodie experts we discover………innovations we find………and all the tips and techniques we gather from the cooks and chefs that have inspired us.

But this isn’t meant to be all about us, so we want you to get involved too. Join us by email, and comment on the posts. Join the facebook community and follow us on Instagram. Share your own cooking journey with us, whether it’s domestic or commercial, and let’s see if we can all help each other make this the great big beautiful world we all want to live in!

So this is us, and this is our blog…
both a work in progress !

We are big believers in one life / many adventures.

We’ve been the demanding customer and the luxury hospitality provider. We’ve seen the foodie world from both sides.

High-end customer service is at the heart of everything we do. We always like to go further than the rest. ( gastro mk, the restaurant at our Marrakech boutique hotel, was consistently voted No. 1 on Tripadvisor for over eight years ! )

We are hugely grateful for all the awards, accolades and kind reviews but our new adventure came as we started to simplify life to the max.  We now have the time and space to put LIVING first… and this brings a huge sense of freedom, and so much fun again back in our lives. We laugh more, live well… and have time to feel lighter about everything again. We are learning and cooking more, and getting better at it every day.

We want the same for you.

Come on in, join us on our journey, and we’ll share everything that we care about as we go along.

selfie picture of Paul and Aoibheann Hopkins, owners of

 a self conscious little selfie, we’re more used to being behind the scenes, but on this adventure, we promise we will push ourselves out there more… soon.

Aoibheann and Paul xx

p.s. where to start

There is so much we want to share, but so much also to do in the engine room of the site.  We will write as fast as we can!

  Equipment is the main section, and we started with hand blenders because we’ve used them most of our lives, and with our new simplified life, it’s the one kitchen tool we couldn’t do without!  It’s probably most people’s first kitchen gadget, and a great present to buy a student or new home owner. But, for the more advanced, a powerful one can be the best multi-tasker.  Just keep adding accessories as you build up your portfolio of techniques!

Recipes: can be little inspired creative yumminess we just want to share, to big fail-safe winners we all want to know from the experts. 

How to: will include everything from little tips to big techniques. 

Ingredients: we love our food and try to get to know and then celebrate each ingredient we come across. Let us share our favourites so you can go straight to the celebrating part! 

We like: where we show you the foodie things we have liked, loved, tested or used all our lives. Plus some great deals we find, things we would love to have, or that just tickle our fancy and we wanted to share with you for fun.

Final words… do keep refreshing your browser because we are tweaking and updating all the time to reveal everything to you in a better way..

Stay connected... reap the benefits.

We want you to feel special, so we’re always working on fun & interesting stuff to share with you.

We’ll spoon feed it to this closed group as soon as its ready !
We only need your email and don’t give it to anyone else.

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