It’s been a hectic few weeks, I haven’t exactly done London, Paris, New York, but I have been to Orlando, London and Cardiff. The great thing about my job is you never quite know where it is going to take you. A phone call came in about a food historian assignment in the USA and within forty-eight hours I was on a plane, but not all of my jobs are as glamourous as this.

With a very short notice flight and assignment I was somewhat flustered and as I rushed out of the door, it was inevitable that I would forget something and that something was a travel charger and so no laptop action when I got to the States. Still at least I had my shoes; I once went away to sunnier climbs to find I only had the winter boots I had left the UK in. The plan was to drive to the train station and then get the train to Gatwick, but heavy traffic meant that I missed my train and ended up having to endure a long drive to Gatwick, but the drive was well worth it.20150915_114455

Once on the plane it was a delight I was plied with champagne, Kir Royale cocktails and food that was exceeded all my expectations. The eight and a half hour flight soon passed and it gave me plenty of time to scribble down article ideas and read some of my articles that made it to print this month.

As soon as I stepped off the plane I began to feel excited about the work I was there to do. I was chauffeured to the Disney Resort and for my week’s stay I was wined, dined and shown around. It was fantastic because I got to see so much and experience some fantastic food as well as be a big kid and play on the rides. I dined in some truly wonderful restaurants whilst out there and I must say that I am sure I came back a stone heavier. I did do plenty of research and was able to provide lots of guidance on how children’s palettes have changed over the past forty years, but I must say it was the most enjoyable work ever.20150915_135159

Once back in the UK there was no time to rest because I was off to London to do some radio interviews and then a nice little piece for Sky News on fish fingers of all things.   Indeed the humble fish finger turned sixty at the weekend and so I gave my opinion on the significance of this nostalgic convenience food. I must say that the fish fingers served up in the trendy fish bar that we filmed in were of the gourmet variety and a far cry from the oblong specimens of childhood that would be sandwiched between white sliced bread and smothered with tomato sauce. Well if you fancy finding out more then here is the link to my Sky new debut: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/freezer-posh-nosh-fish-fingers-60-101208080.html#nDrJePq


No sooner was I back from London and it was a quick load up of the car and off to Cardiff for a spot of First World War Cookery. I had a wonderful time cooking up fish sausages, wartime fruit cake and potato shortcake. I met the Mayor and even judged a cake competition with him, although I think my girls were the real judges. It was a great day and one in which I met lots of lovely people and even caught up with some old friends. After a full day of cookery demonstrations, I was really pleased to see my bed and before I shoot off to London later this week I think I may sneak a day off.20150916_172314

Well three deadlines call and so I must wish you a fond farewell from West Wales.



About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog, www.serenitykitchen.com