Archive For The “Food and Drink” Category

Raisin and Cocoa – Biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw

Raisin and Cocoa – Biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw

The name Elizabeth Shaw immediately brings to mind those wonderful Mint Crisps (review to follow shortly). She started making them in 1937 and they have not fallen out of fashion. These days there is a new range of delicious treats under the Elizabeth Shaw banner, and they still have that high quality one has come…

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Junmai Ginjo from Heavensake – review

Junmai Ginjo from Heavensake – review

Junmai Ginjo is just one of many styles of sake. The differences are derived from the type of rice used, the local water, the skill of the Master Brewer or Toji, the koji mould, yeast and, in some cases, added alcohol. But the main factor isn’t an ingredient at all but the degree to which…

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

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…

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Mezcal by Emma Janzen – review

Mezcal by Emma Janzen – review

The History, Craft and Cocktails of the World’s Ultimate Artisanal Spirit Emma Janzen has penned a companion to the bartender’s under-utilised spirit called Mezcal. People often assume it is a brand of tequila but in fact the opposite is nearer the truth. Tequila is made from only one variety of agave, where Mezcal is allowed…

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Mostly Food & Travel Journal Best of 2017 Awards

Mostly Food & Travel Journal Best of 2017 Awards

Here are a few of the items that have been particularly noteworthy this year. I have presented my favourite restaurants here but the following are a couple of very different but inspiring books …and some chocolates to enjoy while reading them. Award for Food Literature 2017 – The Flavours of Andalucía This is a full-colour…

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Cole & Mason Salt and Pepper Grinders – review

Cole & Mason Salt and Pepper Grinders – review

Introducing unique milling technology, durable mechanisms and superior construction from Cole & Mason salt and pepper mills.  It is called Precision System and gives optimum control to adjust salt and pepper grinds from fine to coarse. You can mill confidently with the lifetime mechanism guarantee.  Expertly engineered, each mill delivers fresh grounds, bringing real flavour…

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Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

Portugal – A world of flavours – travel review

It’s true that many British tourists are regulars on the beaches of the Algarve and they will say they love the country. Yes, they enjoy that little corner of this amazing land; but far fewer visitors travel away from the resorts to discover the real personality of Portugal. The Portuguese are the product of a…

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Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

You might have visited Porto in Portugal before but it’s worth another look, and perhaps with food and drink in mind this time. There has been more investment lately in this vibrant town, which exudes character and charm. During the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal was a leading European power, ranking with England, France and…

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Mark Hellyar – wine review

Mark Hellyar – wine review

Chateau Civrac Wine and Honest Grapes What a kind invitation! A food and wine pairing evening at impressive Lutyens, off Fleet Street… and Cornish wine! Well, no, not really – the wine is French and very good too. The maker is Cornish and that, strangely, might give him some advantages: he has an appreciation of…

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Lily O’Brien’s Caramel Jewels Collection – review

Lily O’Brien’s Caramel Jewels Collection – review

Irish-flavoured chocolates These really are little gems. Anyone who loves caramel will appreciate these beautifully crafted and delicious chocs from a lady called Lily. Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates are made by a real O’Brien, although actually a Mary. It all started as a mini enterprise launched from her Kildare kitchen in 1992. The new chocolate box…

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Best of England Vineyard Tours – travel review

Best of England Vineyard Tours – travel review

Many of us have become interested in wine. Yes, drinking it and pairing it. Remember the days when we in the UK drank just a few different wines? It wasn’t that they were so good that they became popular; truth to tell, it was all we had. Red or white from ‘various countries’. They were…

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Crunchy Chicken (or Pork) with Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs – recipe

Crunchy Chicken (or Pork) with Yutaka Panko Breadcrumbs – recipe

It seems like anything fried in breadcrumbs is a winner with the whole family. The trick is to present moist meat with plenty of flavour and crunch. Yutaka Panko breadcrumbs certainly help with texture – sealing in those delicious juices and seasonings. Here is a spicy coating to enhance the natural flavour of either chicken…

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Mezcal Amores review

Mezcal Amores review

In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight rather than being mixed as part of a cocktail Mezcal? Isn’t that a brand of tequila? No – they are slightly different beverages but with great similarities in both taste and production methods. Tequila and mezcal are made from agave which grows in many parts of Mexico. Most…

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Japanese Curry – traditionally cubed

Japanese Curry – traditionally cubed

We might think that Japanese curry is a new invention. Perhaps Japanese tourists discovered the recipe for curry on recent trips to the Subcontinent. But, no! It’s a tradition adopted from the British Navy and has been popular for a century or so. If one visits Japan and has the opportunity to stroll around a…

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Federweisser und Zwiebelkuchen

Federweisser und Zwiebelkuchen

Sounds like a bit of a mouthful – Federweisser und Zwiebelkuchen – and indeed it is: a delicious mouthful …and glassful. Federweisser is German for feather white and refers to the cloudy wine which is still fermenting (although that wine has a hint of yellow about it). The prospect of sipping a still-fermenting wine might…

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Alhambra Reserva 1925

Alhambra Reserva 1925

Independently-owned Alhambra Beers, a celebrated brewery in Spain, was founded in 1925 and is named after the Alhambra Palace in its home town of Granada. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is the foremost artisan beer of the Alhambra Company and expresses its tradition and quality. Tasteful elegance One might not know too much about beer but the…

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Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France

Affordable Fizz from Les Grands Chais de France

Les Grands Chais de France Group is a company based in the Northern Vosges region of France. It’s run by the Helfrich family.  When Joseph Helfrich founded the winery in 1979 he made the decision to sell Cognac and brandy around the world – wine followed soon after.  Les Grands Chais de France Group is…

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Champagne Taittinger at Luton Hoo

Champagne Taittinger at Luton Hoo

Champagne is the quintessential celebration drink. We enjoy it with friends and loved ones, accompanied by fine foods, perhaps in a drawing room with high ceilings, Grinling Gibbons wood carvings and sumptuous drapes. Well, OK, most of us can’t manage that stunning setting …but Luton Hoo can! Luton Hoo is an English Country House Hotel…

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Parlay Ultra Black Rum

Parlay Ultra Black Rum

The label uses a strong old gold and black design which sets well on the inky dark rum in the tall slim bottle. The artwork is embossed and tactile and excites the expectation of a taste of something a bit different. There is the story of the name ‘Parlay’ emblazoned on the back and it’s…

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Rafute – Okinawan braised pork belly

Rafute – Okinawan braised pork belly

This is one of my favourite ways of eating pork. Rafute is flavourful, tender and moreish. It’s a dish popular in Okinawa in the far (very far) south-west of Japan. It’s traditionally made with two local staples – Awamori, which is Okinawa’s celebrated spirit, and the island’s brown sugar, which is often made into candy….

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