Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 18 Mar 2019

    Lily O’Brien’s for Easter …and Beyond

    Lily O’Brien’s for Easter Eggs and more Yes, it’s almost Easter and chocolates are on our near horizons. It’s true that it’s a religious celebration but it’s also very much associated with sweet treats for the kids, Easter Egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, and those very sickly cream-filled eggs. Luckily Lily O’Brien’s comes to the...

  • 15 Mar 2019

    Bumbu Rum XO

    Well, here is a rather different rum. Bumbu has great shelf appeal with a bottle and oversized cork which have as much to do with swashbuckling pirates and Errol Flynn as contemporary drinks marketing. The black glass is embossed with the company name, and a metal ‘X’ flies like a pirate’s insignia right in the...

  • 13 Mar 2019

    Kanada-Ya Panton Street – Haymarket

    This is my second visit to this small but perfectly appointed chain of Japanese cafés. Kanada-Ya presents a casual den for those who love noodles. You can read my first article here …and it’s glowing. http://www.mostlyfood.co.uk/index.php/kanada-ya-or-how-i-found-my-noodle/ Specialising in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, the brand was founded by Kanada Kazuhiro in Yukuhashi, Fukuoka Prefecture, ...

  • 11 Mar 2019

    itsu crispy seaweed thins

    Deep joy! Another seaweed snack. No, dear reader, I am not kidding. I love this healthy and tasty stuff, and not just surrounding one’s sushi, either! Enjoy itsu crispy seaweed thins. I have tried two flavours of itsu crispy seaweed thins. The ‘thin’ element really is ‘butterfly light’ as the company actually says. (Who has...

  • 08 Mar 2019

    Mercado dos Lavradores, Madeira

    It is perhaps one of the highlights of any vacation: a trip to an exotic and thoroughly Instagrammable market is hard to beat for local colour and atmosphere. Madeira has a gem of a covered market in the middle of Funchal and it’s well worth a visit. It’s a celebrated and popular landmark in the...

  • 06 Mar 2019

    John Burton-Race on AmaWaterways Rhône Cruise

    John Burton-Race Floats New Menu on AmaWaterways Rhône Cruise Two Michelin star celebrity chef, John Burton-Race, is to set sail aboard a luxury river cruise ship as guest chef for an exclusive group this September. Burton-Race is to partner with Go Cruise and AmaWaterways to provide his amazing flair and cooking skills to 20 exclusive...

  • 04 Mar 2019

    McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin

    New York-based wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands has produced a new and rather exceptional gin called McQueen and the Violet Fog.  This contains a wealth of botanicals, and six of them are said to be “found in no other gin in the world”. The McQueen and the Violet Fog Gin bottle is statuesque and...

  • 01 Mar 2019

    Chihuly, Groninger Museum, Groningen

    Untill 5 May 2019 Chihuly will be an exhibition of sensational creations by world-renowned American glass artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition is specially curated for the museum, in partnership with Chihuly Studio, and will be the largest European museum showing of the artist’s work in the last 20 years. Comprising 16 installations inside and outside...

  • 27 Feb 2019

    The Exquisite Edition – Mother’s Day by Lily O’Brien’s

    Well, that came around quickly! Just finished getting the pine needles out of the carpet from the Christmas celebrations, the dustman hasn’t even collected the champagne bottles (OK, so it was prosecco) from Valentine’s and now it’s Mother’s Day looming! Lily O’Brien’s comes to the rescue. When it comes to gifts, mums are, for many...

  • 25 Feb 2019

    Lee Kum Kee Chinese Barbecue Gammon & Pineapple

    Gizzi Erskine presented several cooking programmes and cookery features for ITV1’s This Morning, contributed to Healthy Food Guide magazine and appeared on Sky1’s Taste. She has published Kitchen Magic and her latest book, Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts, is a best-seller. Here Gizzi uses Lee Kum Kee Chinese ingredients to give a twist to the...

  • 22 Feb 2019

    Madeira’s Most Genteel Factory – Bordal Embroidery

    Madeira is said to have been discovered by the Portuguese in 1419, though there are stories from intrepid sailors of much earlier times, that tell of two verdant islands far off the African shore. Settlers arrived just a few years later; they found this paradise to be perfect for developing first the sugar cane industry...

  • 20 Feb 2019

    EasiYo Yogurt Making

    We all know about healthy eating. Yes, we have heard the message, but do we do it? Well, that’s another matter. Yogurt is an accessible and delicious addition to our daily diet, and we can make it at home with an EasiYo  yogurt-making kit so there is never the excuse that we forgot to buy...

  • 18 Feb 2019

    Green Chicken Curry (Kaeng Kheaw Waan Kai)

    This recipe has been generously contributed by Executive Chef Roberto Conrad and Chef Pan of Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand The rich coconut milk base paired with chunks of chicken, round Thai eggplant, and chillies is a recipe for delicious culinary comfort! Grab a bowl of freshly steamed rice and green curry, and enjoy...

  • 15 Feb 2019

    Four Pillars Chardonnay Cask Gin

    Yes, gin is trending and has been for a while. Shelves are filled with bottles of crystal-clear and water-white gin; but then there are a very few that have another hue. Four Pillars Chardonnay Cask Gin is indeed one of those celebrated bottles! Four Pillars distillery in Australia is all about gin. They have a...

  • 13 Feb 2019

    Shore Seaweed Puffs

    Seaweed is considered a super healthy food and that’s a secret that has been known to the Japanese for centuries. But these days people are more familiar with the delicate flavour. It’s the green wrap that we enjoy around our sushi. Shore Seaweed Puffs are a delicious snack and the Sweet and Smoky version has...

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