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

  • 12 Nov 2018

    The Root 7 G & Tea set

    The Root 7 G & Tea set is a rather beautiful glass teapot with two matching cups. The fabulously sophisticated design, by master mixologists, is of high-quality rainbow-tinted borosilicate glass with a shimmering gold script. That glass is ideal for both boiling-hot water and the coolest of iced gins and tonics, with perhaps a few...

  • 09 Nov 2018

    El Dorado 12-year-old Rum

    A small glass of El Dorado 12-year-old Rum by Demerara Distillers will waft the lucky sipper back to the days of sailing ships and sugar plantations, and perhaps some romantic pirates. Guyana has always produced rich rums, and this bottle is a fine example of what many of us would view as an adult and...

  • 07 Nov 2018

    Copperpot Fudge for Christmas

    Well, where did that year go? Seems like it was just a couple of weeks ago we were enjoying summer barbecues in blazing sunshine. Now the dark evenings are long, and the air has a chill. It’s the festive season, or will be in a moment. Its Copperpot Fudge for Christmas! So, thoughts move from...

  • 05 Nov 2018

    Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide

    It seems a long way off, but the gift-buying season will soon be here. What do we give to family and friends? is the question on so many lips. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide could be the solution for any lover of good wine, and those who would want to learn more. Wine...

  • 02 Nov 2018

    With Gousto and ready to go

    OK, I am a serious (sometimes) food writer, so you expect me to do everything long-hand and suffer for my art? But why? Who has time? We have Gousto! It’s easy to be a food snob these days. We are almost encouraged to be that way. Use the farmers’ market (if we have one), go...

  • 31 Oct 2018

    The Jewels of the High Jura

    La Taillerie – the Gemstone Shop Although precious stones are not found naturally anywhere in the Jura mountains, the cutting and polishing of imported stones played a significant role in the economy of this region for three centuries. There are still traces of those traditional skills to be found if you look for them. Start...

  • 29 Oct 2018

    Wild and Game for Christmas

    It’s that time of year again! We are in gift-giving mode but much of our festive energies are spent on meal planning. The big Christmas lunch is usually a traditional affair so, despite the stress, it’s all sorted. But there is another meal that demands a bit more consideration: Teatime! Wild and Game have the...

  • 26 Oct 2018

    Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists

    Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists is a one-stop shop for lovers of this versatile spirit …but what actually is it? Vodka is more popular than ever due to the cocktail-drinking trend. It has introduced vodka to a new audience as well as knowledgeable bartenders who appreciate this spirit as a base for...

  • 24 Oct 2018

    Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook

    Busaba presents modern Bangkok dining, with a dozen or so restaurants around Greater London. Having opened its first restaurant on London’s Wardour Street in 1999, the chain has gone from strength to strength – and now we can replicate a few of their dishes at home. Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook tempts with 100 recipes...

  • 22 Oct 2018

    Vegetable Cakes

    I have just returned from a trip to delicious Thailand. There were curries, refreshing and spiced salads, and noodles aplenty. There were also desserts, and these were, for the most part, made of vegetables. Seems like we in Europe are a bit behind the wave of that particular culinary classification. Vegetable Cakes: The most fun...

  • 19 Oct 2018

    Rosa’s Thai Café – The Cookbook Review

    I have just returned from Thailand where the flavours and indeed textures of that country’s vibrant cuisine reminded me how much I enjoyed those dishes at home. Well, when I say at home I really mean in Thai restaurants in London, and that includes the famed chain of Rosa’s. Rosa doesn’t sound like a very...

  • 17 Oct 2018

    Metzo’s – Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

    At Outrigger’s Laguna Beach Phuket Resort, Thailand, there are both top-notch Thai and vibrant Asian foods aplenty (read my reviews here). And there is a stylish restaurant called Metzo’s.  That might push the expectation envelope, as it has pan-Mediterranean dishes as its delicious focus. Metzo’s Bistro and Bar offers foods difficult to find anywhere else...

  • 15 Oct 2018

    The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East

    The Mezze Cookbook is a gift-quality volume which reflects how most of us eat… or would like to. There are 135 recipes suitable for the home chef, and they cover the Middle East with its tradition of delicious sharing plates. These recipes are perfect for intimate evenings as well as for larger gatherings, for vegetarians...

  • 14 Oct 2018

    Vivek Singh’s Festivals

    Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts is a vibrant cookbook from one of my favourite Indian chefs, who heads the celebrated and polished Cinnamon Group of restaurants in London and now beyond. Here Vivek presents recipes for celebrations. It is said that in India there is a festival every day of the year. Vivek Singh brings...

  • 12 Oct 2018

    Abelha Organic Cachaça

    Abelha means ‘bee’ in Portuguese and the striking label offers a swarm of them on this bottle of Abelha Organic Cachaça. It speaks to one of summer days, nature, wholesome pleasures, and all of those happen to be found in Brazil from where this characterful spirit hails. Cachaça is a popular spirit which some describe...

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