Archive For April 2016

Flavors from the French Mediterranean by Gérald Passedat – review

Flavors from the French Mediterranean by Gérald Passedat – review

It will soon be summer. We start to muse over al fresco dining and lighter fare. Ingredients with colour and freshness will take centre stage and we look toward the Mediterranean for inspiration, and perhaps to a French chef for some help. We need Flavors from the French Mediterranean. Three-star Michelin Chef Gérald Passedat was…

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Sake Cups … or perhaps a glass – travel review

Sake Cups … or perhaps a glass – travel review

Or natural wood, lacquered wood, glass or even plastic… For those of us who love the delicious complexity of sake, the vessel from which we drink is often something of an afterthought. But it shouldn’t be. A sake set is a generic term for the collection of items used for serving sake. It usually comprises…

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Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries – book review

Sake: The History, Stories and Craft of Japan’s Artisanal Breweries – book review

I was told to expect a book. I was told to expect a big book. I was told to expect a coffee-table book. What I got was a book the size of a coffee table but one which will hold my attention long after the furniture would have lost its purely functional appeal. Sake: The…

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Maribor Slovenia – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes – travel review

Maribor Slovenia – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes – travel review

Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe. Small it might be but it has natural beauty, with mountains (Slovenia’s highest mountain, the three-peaked Triglav, is depicted on the national flag), vine-strewn hills, thick forests, historic cities and a 46 km long coast on the Adriatic. It is, in some regards, Europe in microcosm. Slovenia…

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The Balcon, London – classic perfection – restaurant review

The Balcon, London – classic perfection – restaurant review

The Balcon is a truly memorable restaurant set on Waterloo Place on the corner with Pall Mall. This wide thoroughfare is in fact an extension of Regent Street with all its smart shops. It’s a small area with a host of statues and monuments that honour heroes and statesmen of the British Empire and various…

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Arabica Bar and Kitchen, Borough Market – restaurant review

Arabica Bar and Kitchen, Borough Market – restaurant review

Borough has been known for its food markets since as far back as the 11th century. First the stallholders were trading on old London Bridge, but then in the 13th century they were moved to what became Borough High Street. A market has been here ever since. Borough Market has grown to over 100 individual…

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Yuzu Cupcakes with Matcha Tea Frosting – recipe

Yuzu Cupcakes with Matcha Tea Frosting – recipe

Looking for Japanese flavours in a dessert but using traditional Western techniques? This could be the recipe for you. Yuzu Cupcakes with Matcha Tea Frosting are little fancies that would be a welcome addition to a very English afternoon tea, but they use very Japanese Yuzu juice giving a citrus tang; and then there is…

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Salmon with Wasabi-Cream Sauce – recipe

Salmon with Wasabi-Cream Sauce – recipe

Fish with Japanese heat. This is a versatile recipe than can be made when you are home alone, or increase the quantities and you have a dinner party for six. It’s simple, with few ingredients.   Ingredients per person ½ tsp powdered seaweed, made from 4tbs of shredded seaweed (available from Japan Centre), for garnish…

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