40 before 40 update: #29… or not?


#29: See a live performance of Nessun Dorma, Figaro’s Aria, O Mio Babbino Caro or any other aria I feel strongly about.

Last week, I accompanied a merry band of second-year students on their trip to Budapest, where I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the city’s magnificent opera house.

If you take a tour of the building, you’re given the chance to have a 5-minute mini-concert at the main staircase.

Three guesses as to what aria our not-so-fat lady sang? Yup! O Mio Babbino Caro!

The only thing is… the music wasn’t live. So… does it count as a live performance?

I’m not ticking it off just yet! After all, I still have quite a few years to go. 😉


In the meantime, still working on many 40b40 list items (despite the dramatic lack of updates — apologies!). Promise!



Autumn blues? Time for Broccoli, Gruyère & Chorizo Soup! (BBC Good Food feature! Yay!)

Recipe here!

The Chirpy Chef

I’d always assumed that if I were ever to grace BBC Good Food’s Share Your Recipe section, it would make perfect sense to do so in its annual Christmas edition (C for Christmas Nut was part of my 30 before 30 alphabet in pictures, and for good reason). And so… lo and behold!

In need of a warming autumn soup? Then look no further! Full story in this month’s issue!


1tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1tbsp fennel seeds
150g chorizo, skin removed, cut into cubes
1tbsp rapeseed oil
1 onion, chopped
1.5 litres chicken stock
2 heads of broccoli (approx 800g), cut into florets
150g Gruyère, grated
3tbsp double cream

  1. Dry-fry the mustard and fennel seeds over a medium heat until the mustard seeds start to pop. Using a pestle and mortar, grind the seeds to a fine powder.
  2. In a large saucepan…

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Yes, I’m still here! 40 before 40 update!

#27: Get published

Not exactly what I had in mind when I compiled this list, but I am SO counting this!

A few months ago, I received an email from the lovely Sophie Godwin, telling me the good people of BBC Good Food really liked a recipe I’d posted in the GF community. She asked me whether I was interested in having my broccoli, Gruyère and chorizo soup professionally shot by one of their food stylists, with a full-page feature in this year’s Christmas issue.

Needless to say, I grabbed my wife and spun her around the room a few times. Joy to the world!

I BBC Good Food. In fact, we even included a one-year subscription as part of our wedding registry in 2015; so having one of my recipes published in the Christmas edition (C for Christmas Nut, remember?) made my year. YAY!

I’ll be sharing the recipe @ The Chirpy Chef soon!

40 before 40 update: #15

#15: Go on a road trip with the Mrs

This August, Mrs Pomegranate and I hit the road in Malaysia, driving from Kuala Lumpur to the Cameron Highlands, Ipoh, Penang, Belum and Kota Bharu, taking in some UNESCO World Heritage on the way (go, go, go, #21!). See our photo diaries here!