I have written many features about food for The Times and wrote several reports for various publications including BBC Good Food and Radio 4’s The Food Programme about coffee, travelling extensively in Brazil and Rwanda. I also write for the Telegraph's Weekend section, often but not exclusively indulging my sweet tooth with features such as the long-lost chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court or the delightful little Maids of Honour tarts made just down the road at Kew.
Visit my site Madame Piquante for examples of my food writing.
Over the past ten years or so, I have covered stories all over the world, from Bali and Brazil to Texas and Turkey.
I prefer the quirky side of things. Drive-in movies in Texas. Abandoned Prohibition brothels in Bible Belt America. Puffin-rescuers in the Farne Islands. Taking a daytrip to the Brunei jungle. Underground cities in Italy - it's the offbeat, the high up or the low down that really excites me.
Whether it's cosmetic surgery in Eastern Europe, snow-shoeing in Vermont, finding the real Carmen Miranda in Brazil or losing my paralysing fear of heights ‘by any means necessary,' I adore a challenge.
Recently, while continuing to travel abroad, I've been specialising in UK quirk, writing for many magazines and national newspapers on everything from Well Dressing in Derbyshire to crabbing in Norfolk.
Generally, I'm not much of an 'adventure' traveller. I will occasionally dip a toe into something active but on the whole I'd rather see things than do them.
I have done some gritty global reporting – interviewing victims of the genocide in Rwanda for Marie Claire, for example, or finding what the life of a Geisha actually entails (Real magazine) but generally I'm far too much of a coward to visit anywhere really dangerous
Check out my Travel blog, Madame Passepartout, for examples of my work.