26th Jul 2017 Car Fest Chef Joe Hurd

A busy July and how prunes helped me

In 2010 the phone rang. It was the dad of my then boss at Campuslife, asking if I would...

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The Press Gang

Alexander Johnston’s oil on canvas, The Press Gang, has fascinated me all my life.   Though it’s surrounded by...

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Easter in Italy

It”s 29 degrees, but from the crowd’s sartorial choices of puffa jackets, expensive Versace leather coats and high turtle...

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“Like A Whirlwind in the Thorn tree…”

I went to a Catholic school back in Hull where R.E was compulsory. I never paid much attention –...

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If, like me, you are a single Northern fella, you will only ever find yourself in the stationery department...

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Real Tools.

I am snaking through the home ware department of John Lewis. In my head the shoppers are the red...

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Hung Up On Hygge

The heating has broken. Low growls and burps are squeezing out of the old iron ribbed frame of the...

7th Jul 2016 Aubergine - Joe blog

My Polpette Experience

Zia Rosaria’s kitchen is big and square. Even though it’s located on one of the sunniest points of continental...

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Meeting My Maker: A Final Plate of Beans

In 1986 Antonio Carluccios’ first book, “An Invitation to Italian Cooking” was released to the world; at around the...

7th Jun 2016 Bruce Springsteen blog

If I Should Fall Behind…Backstage

Bruce Springsteen has a telecaster wrapped round the middle of his body, his short muscular frame jutting out into...

17th Mar 2016 Joe Hurd Diet blog (pic 1)

Dieting 101: Back to basics

When I was a kid, my Mum took me to see the musical of the life of the great...

3rd Feb 2016 Joe Hurd - Part 2 Ascent blog (pic 1)

Part II. We begin the Ascent.

Here’s some advice: If you’re going to climb a 4,200ft high mountain which is listed as “Sub Arctic” in...

15th Jan 2016 Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis. Part I. Heartbreak Hostel.

I am going to go out on a limb here, but I reckon that Hillary, Shackleton or Captain Scott...

4th Dec 2015 Joe HurdCooking

Joe Hurd – Blue Collar Cook

“Oh – you are a chef?!” “No, I’m a cook” “Oh wow, that’s so cool, what’s your favourite meal?”...

6th Nov 2015 Joe Hurd Fireworks Blog


Silence hung heavy in the cold November air.  A dense layer of acrid smoke snaked its way through the...

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