Johanna Derry

Freelance Lifestyle Journalist

United Kingdom

Food, interviews, travel and other loveliness for The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Vice, and others

donald trump has won the us election

By Johanna Derry GETTY The world has been watching and finally the results are in. In a strip-lit room in west Philadelphia I watched, large gin and tonic in hand, as the polls, which were always close, tipped over the knife-edge towards Donald Trump.

VICE Sports
The Amputee Rowers Who Conquered the Atlantic | VICE Sports

Four men sit in a rowing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. They look very insignificant amid the vastness of the sea, and appear to be making no progress whatsoever. Perhaps they are mad. Yet two are rowing hard, while one is navigating their tiny vessel through the vast blue and the fourth is attempting to tidy up.

the Guardian
The free-from restaurant boom that's cashing in by stripping back

Remember when vegetarian restaurants were a novelty? Or even vegan restaurants? Now it's barely worth noting when there are so many other free-from options to trumpet. From chains such as Wahaca, which has announced that it is carbon-neutral, all the way to Michelin-starred restaurants, in the last few months an ever-growing number of places are accentuating the negatives - the things you won't find at their restaurants - over what you will.

Fat of the land: why the nation can't get enough of home-made butter

Smeared on crumpets, melted over new potatoes and baked into biscuits, nothing beats butter. Its deliciousness is undisputed, so recent research into its health benefits - including one report, involving more than a million people, which found no evidence thatsaturated fat is bad for you - has been embraced by chefs and home cooks alike.

Why You Should Be Microwaving Your Negronis

"More people are cooking exciting things and having a go with food. I want it to be the same for drinks," says London bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana.

The Gannet
The Convivial Kitchen | The Gannet

E láte na fáte mazí mas is an expression of hospitality in Greek: it means "come eat with us". It also lends itself nicely to the name of a unique roaming restaurant which first appeared in London in 2012.

Seventies food is back in fashion

If this series of The Great British Bake Of f is anything to go by, the Seventies are back. Not with flares and big prints, but vol-au-vents, black forest gateau, and arctic roll, fixtures of the Seventies dinner party. Could their Bake Off appearance transform them from the kitsch and slightly embarrassing foods of our past into well-loved classics?

the Guardian
Comfort soups: nostalgia in a bowl or magic medicine?

There's a chill in the air, the usual coughs and colds have started to make the rounds, the scarves are out and the idea of salad for lunch is a long-distant memory. Celebrate all ye lovers of the warming and fulfilling lunch: it's full-blown soup season.

the Guardian
From freekeh to teff: five ancient grains you could add to your larder

Whether its teff or freekeh or something else completely unpronounceable, announcements of the "new quinoa" keep coming so thick and fast, it can be hard to keep up with how to say, let alone cook with them. But their popularity is based on something more substantial than linguistic bragging rights.

the Guardian
Pheromone parties: one way to sniff out a new lover

When most new romances seem to be sparked online and on your phone, could Pheromone Parties, an LA dating craze, provide the perfect antidote? Sleep in a T-shirt for three days, bag it and take it to a bar. Then let people smell it.

Financial Times
First Person: Jenny Dawson -

One night - I remember it was absolutely freezing - I decided I would get up at 4am and cycle to New Covent Garden Market at Battersea to have a look. It was amazing: this air hangar bustling with an incredibly diverse group of people from different