Zest and Herbs


My name is Simon Davis and since I flew the nest to go to university, I’ve fallen in love with cooking and, by extension, eating! I’m still young and inexperienced however, so this blog aims to document all the discoveries I’ve made as I attempt to improve my skills and my knowledge. From exotic and unusual ingredients from around the world, to perhaps those from closer to home that have fallen from favour, I’m always looking for new flavours and recipes to brighten up everyday meals, like you might get from a grating of lemon zest or a flourish of fresh green herbs!

Many of my culinary explorations centre around the food of the Far East, in particular the hearty flavours of Korea, but I’m always keen to learn more about food from all parts of the world and the customs, traditions and tastes that they are associated with. I’ve got a long way to go in honing my skills as there’s always more to learn.  In December 2014 I completed a Certificate of Cookery course at Ashburton Cookery School in Devon.

While I maintain this blog for my own enjoyment, I’m more than happy to accept items for reviews on this blog, write sponsored pieces or produce copy for corporate and other external websites, big or small. I would also welcome commissions for producing articles and/or recipes for food and drink, lifestyle and trade publications, either in print or online (to discuss this, please click here for contact information).

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7 comments on “About

  1. shaheen
    October 10, 2014

    Welcome to the world of blogging. thank you so much for coming by my space and thereby leading me to your new blog. I bid you well on your new culinary adventure and hope it develops into much bigger things.


  2. Fade, the food concoctionist
    October 17, 2014

    you will definitely learn and lot and grow more to love cooking and eating at the same time; just like me 🙂


  3. Lacuisineparis
    December 18, 2014

    Bonjour Simon! That sounds all so exciting. We wish you much luck in your culinary adventures 😉 We are a French Cooking and Baking School in Paris and we just started our very own blog. I’d like to invite you to check us out sometime. Also, if you’re ever in town, please do come by, à bientôt!

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  4. Gen
    February 2, 2015

    Hi Simon, I love unusual ingredients. Your coconut cake with lemongrass sounds amazing!


    • Simon @ Zest and Herbs
      February 4, 2015

      Thanks! I haven’t done many posts about specific ingredients for a while, so keep a look out for a few in the next couple of weeks.


  5. Krissi Driver
    February 9, 2015

    Sounds like you’re embarking on an interesting and delicious adventure! I’m excited to see your thoughts on Korean cuisine. As an expat living in Korea, my opinion is that it leaves a lot to be desired… I’ll pass the kimchi! However, my favorite dish is jjimdak, a spicy chicken dish with vegetables and glass noodles. 🙂

    I wish you luck on your journey here!


    • Simon @ Zest and Herbs
      February 9, 2015

      Thanks. I like jjimdak too — it’s one of my favourites to make for people that have never had much Korean food before. I’m a big kimchi convert though!

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