My name is Esther Walker. I am a journalist and I work for The Times, Grazia, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and some other people. I am married to the Times restaurant critic Giles Coren and we have two kids: Kitty, who is 6 and Sam, who is 4.

I used to write a food-and-kids blog called Recipe Rifle, but my kids are a bit older now and I want to write about other things.

So this is The Spike and it’s about whatever is on my mind and you just have to kind of put up with it.

You can find me on Twitter @estherwalker

or on Instagram @esthermcoren

Confusing! God forbid I have any sort of linked-up name/brand thing happening. When I started this blogging shit there WAS no Instagram and I wasn’t married.

Due to plummeting freelance rates I am now on an affiliate programme that means that if you buy some of the products on a click–through from the blog I will earn a small commission.

I promise that I will only ever recommend things that I genuinely like – there isn’t enough money to be made from this to be bothered recommending a load of shite.

Also – key fact – the commission comes from the brand, not from you.

Thanks for listening.