Proper Pesto – The Recipe

If this isn't the simplest recipe in the world, my name is not Chrystler Jennings the III. No I do jest, in all seriousness there are simpler recipes out there, such as not boiled egg. Pesto is among the simplest and least time consuming recipes I have ever made....

Pocket Hoodies – A Poem

This was one of my earlier works, which I had the pleasure of reading out at the Birmingham and Midlands Institute Play Reading Group. We were reading Arthur Miller that week, in case you were wondering. The featured image on this post is a wonderful pallet knife...

Boy Bitten by a Lizard, Caravaggio – Emotional Early Work by the Renaissance Master

Michaelangelo Merisi Da Caravaggio is one of the greatest painters who has ever lived. My favourite piece by him is St Francis in Meditation, which I first saw at the Convento Dei Capuccini museum in Rome (pictured below). This piece was painted circa 1606, some 10...

The Junction Harborne – Stunning Sunday Lunch

Situated in the centre of Harborne High Street, The Junction is a pillar of the local community. The weekly quiz here is legend. But alas, the gang and I did not visit this public house to answer trivia questions, we came for Sunday lunch and were richly rewarded. The...

St. Mark Preaching in Alexandria – Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, Astounding Ecclesiastical Work

While my posts are usually confined to art galleries rather than paintings alone, this piece so struck me that I felt the need to dedicate a post to it. I'm sure you don't mind, dear readers. Now, to the painting. At 26 square metres, it is difficult to picture the...

Plays Live, Peter Gabriel – AOTM January 2020

Father, if you are reading this, you win again. I was introduced to Peter Gabriel Plays Live during my most recent trip up North. When I browsed the record stores at Tynemouth Market the morning after, and happened upon this record, I must admit I believed in fate....

Birmingham Oratory – Catholic Gem, Edgbaston

Would you believe me if I told you there is a Romanesque church, dome and all, in the middle of Birmingham? No? You'd be right. But there is one in Five Ways/Edgbaston. The Birmingham Oratory was built between 1907-1910 in honour of Cardinal, now Saint, John Henry...

Reservoir Cafe – Economical Lunch, Edgbaston Reservoir Birmingham

Let's be honest here - this is not the most glamorous cafe, best placed or best kept cafe in Birmingham. However, and this cannot be said for many establishments, it is down to Earth. While other restaurants plaster the walls garish colours and throw avocados at you...

Highlights from the Ferens – Central Art Gallery, Hull

Despite stubborn popular opinion, Hull has a lot to recommend it. There are an array of theatres, marvellous cultural sites as well as it being the home of formerly alive poet Philip Larkin. But at the heart of Hull is also the Ferens Art Gallery. This is home to some...

Nanette – Comedy at its Finest

Nanette is at its core a discourse on comedy. That is not to say it is an academic manual, but more a careful dissection of the art form. Beginning as a traditional comedy show, Hannah Gadsby tells tale of her youth as a queer person in Tasmania, a country where...

Hello and welcome to CEDRIC SUGGESTS, specially designed for those of us who are partial to a slice or three of The Culinary Arts…

But Nota Bene Dear Reader: this blog is NOT limited to my recipe and restaurant ramblings alone! I shall also take it upon myself to decribe my various other encounters and experiences in this wonderful world we all share. Expect recommendations of excellent service received, for example, and lively discussions on a variety of exhilerating sublects like as Fashion, Art, Education, Religion and Fitness my word. Not forgetting my regular Favourite Albums of the Month / Year feature. Are you ready? Then enter Freunde, Étranger, Stranger…

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Birmingham Oratory – Catholic Gem, Edgbaston

Would you believe me if I told you there is a Romanesque church, dome and all, in the middle of Birmingham? No? You'd be right. But there is one in Five Ways/Edgbaston. The Birmingham Oratory was built between 1907-1910 in honour of Cardinal, now Saint, John Henry...

Nanette – Comedy at its Finest

Nanette is at its core a discourse on comedy. That is not to say it is an academic manual, but more a careful dissection of the art form. Beginning as a traditional comedy show, Hannah Gadsby tells tale of her youth as a queer person in Tasmania, a country where...

Big Men with Small Feet – A Poem

I must apologise in advance, there is a swear in this poem. If you can bear such a departure from decorum, do go ahead and read. I wrote this poem when I was particularly piqued. Do enjoy Big Men with Small Feet, which I hope to feature in an upcoming anthology of my...

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