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 7 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

I know it’s confusing and inefficient – when I started blogging there WAS no Instagram and I wasn’t married.

This blog uses affiliate programmes, which means that if you buy some of the products on a click–through from this blog I will earn a small commission from the brand.

With many products, I don’t earn commission if you return the item, so it’s not worth my recommending any old thing.

You are welcome to buy the item I have recommended elsewhere, but affiliate programmes are an essential arrangement that keeps this and other blogs ad-free.

I only ever recommend things that I genuinely like; I will also tell you if something has been given to me.

Thanks for listening.