Stuff that I recommend you buy


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Global Edition) — £130–170

Panasonic RP-HJE125E-K Ergo Fit In-Ear Headphone — £7

Anker SoundCore Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Speaker — £30

Popsockets (buy off-brand, there are loads) — £3

TeckNet Classic Wireless Mouse — £6


Sistema Microwave Rice Steamer — £7.50

Wooden lemon reamer — £3

A cast iron skillet — £12

Victorinox chef’s knife—£27 or Wusthof chef’s knife—£63

AMIR Food Thermometer — £8

Every Grain of Rice, by Fuchsia Dunlop (£20), The Food Lab, by J. Kenji López-Alt (£32), and Salt Fat Acid Heat, by Samin Nosrat (£30).

These are my desert island recipe books. Every Grain of Rice is recipes from around China (there’s very little of the sort of Cantonese food you’d get from a Chinese takeaway) and makes it astonishingly easy to make delicious and very exotic meals without going nuts buying lots of obscure ingredients that you’ll never use again. In fact, other than a wok, there are only about six basic things you need to buy to make half or more of the recipes in the book, all of which can be bought at a standard oriental supermarket. I particularly like the book’s emphasis on vegetable-heavy dishes, which makes the dishes generally inexpensive to make.

Nespresso machine — £60

“Personal items”

Primark sunglasses — £1.50-£2

Uniqlo Airism underwear (£9.90) OR Ex Officio travel underwear

PitRok Crystal Deodorant — £6

J-pillow travel pillow — £16


AmazonBasics Microfibre Bedsheet

  1. Socks (Currently: M&S, John Lewis)
  2. Dress shirts (Currently: TM Lewin, Charles Tyrwhitt)
  3. Suits (Currently: SuitSupply)



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