Hi I’m Donna and welcome to 52 Weeks of Eating, a site dedicated place to my love of food.

When I went away to university, my mother gave me two things – a rice cooker, and a slow cooker. My dad dropped me off in the dorms with packs of fresh fish, along with soy sauce and wasabi. You might say that I come from a family that knows the value of good home cooked (or home prepared, in the case of sashimi) food.

When I moved to Japan, I decided amongst the best ways to get to know the country was through its food. My first night in my new city I went in search of an izakaya – eating and drinking place – and quickly found myself with a group of friends from all types of background, with one thing in common – a love of top quality food.

My kitchen is the heart of my house, my dining table a place for laughter and great conversation.

And my oven? Well it is indispensable, especially as I pursue creating the ultimate tarte tatin as I try to win the London Galvin Brothers Tarte Tatin competition!

Pictured with Jeff and Chris Galvin, May 2013 Pictured with Jeff and Chris Galvin, May 2013

I hope you find something here that takes your fancy. Feel free to visit me at my sister site, Beating Limitations, where I have been writing since 2009 spotlighting my life as an endurance athlete with challenges. You may find some reposted content here from Beating Limitations, some favourite recipes and food finds. You might also find some content here from my older collaborative baking blog, “52 Weeks of Baking”. Happy eating!

Whisky Ice Cream

It was late. We had just finished dinner with colleagues in Tokyo. But with our jetlag we were far from ready to go to sleep. So we decided to head to the bar for a nightcap. In extremely atypical (for me) fashion, I noticed the menu featured Yamazaki 25 whisky. I am not usually a whisky […]

Project Bacon: A Day with Niamh Shields

Kickstarter. You know the service. “Back” (invest in) something that interests you, get a thing or experience in return. For me Kickstarter is like a show of faith in a person or idea. I’ve backed a few things – from Mark Allen’s book The Art of Competition to Cyril Pahinui’s project Let’s Play Music. And […]

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Farcous – Chard Pancakes

Today marks the beginning of Lent. And that means one thing in this part of the world – that yesterday was Pancake Day, meaning it was pancakes for dinner last night! Our flavour of choice? Farcous, or swiss chard pancakes. The origin of Pancake Day is simple – to use up all the fats in […]

Bread Heads: Learning Bread from E5

So… After the tarte-tastrophe and disappointment from my undercooked puff at the Galvin Tarte Tatin competition a few weeks ago, many people have asked me what the future holds in store when it comes to me and cooking. To which I replied… I need a new project… Something that will challenge me… Something that will […]

Galvin Tarte Tatin 2015

I don’t know what inspired me to set this goal, but three years ago I decided that I wanted to win the Galvin Tarte Tatin competition. I know I am a good home baker – my family always asks me to make the desserts for our meals together. Maybe it’s because I wanted to prove […]

Sager + Wilde and The Typing Room

It’s a rare thing to experience passion. The type of passion that becomes all consuming. Be it passionate love. Or passion for your pursuits. I think the ability to be so into something that it literally takes your breath away and sweeps you up – all at the same moment – is so rare that […]

House of St Barnabas

Back in the annals of time I joined a members club – Milk & Honey. I was living in Soho and it seemed like a good idea to have someplace to go for post work drinks. But they made me mad. I hosted drinks there and the bar tenders did not respect the max cap […]

Gyoza with Kuriya Keiko

Once upon a time I lived in Japan and I had a favourite gyoza shop. I went about once a week at lunchtime for a small plate of hand made gyoza, served with a bowl of rice. It was the ultimate in comfort food, especially on a rainy day. When I was getting ready to move away […]