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Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

Co-op Irresistible Australian Chardonnay 2017

I have now tried a couple of Co-op wines – a red and now this white Chardonnay. They are blessed with the common denominator of great quality for the price. I could have my wine-tasting head turned away from my traditional wine merchant and towards this supermarket! Made by widely respected wine makers Larry Cherubino…

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Smart Sizzors Multi-purpose Scissors

Smart Sizzors Multi-purpose Scissors

These are sturdy scissors and perfect for all those projects around the house that might need good blades and a bit of strength. But they are particularly useful in the kitchen where they offer a safe alternative to a sharp and heavy-duty knife.  Smart Sizzors can also be used by youngsters who are showing a…

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Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Malbec is a characterful red wine and is becoming more popular with restaurant goers and home sippers alike. This comes from the Bío Bío Valley in the southern part of Chile. The climate is cool and similar to that found in the Mediterranean. The soil is poor and clay-based and low in fertility, so ideal…

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Willow and Stone White Wine from Kingsland – product review

Willow and Stone White Wine from Kingsland – product review

Here is another light wine from Kingsland. Willow and Stone White Wine is bound to have popular appeal with those who are not normally wine drinkers. It offers value for money (under £4.00) and versatility for summer quaffing. Willow and Stone British wines are crafted with a young audience in mind. This is a fruity…

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Sarah’s Wonderful Honey, Enhanced – product review

Sarah’s Wonderful Honey, Enhanced – product review

Honey maker Mileeven was set up by Sarah Gough’s mother, Eilis, in 1988. It all started out as a beekeeper’s hobby. Then Sarah joined in 2007 and so ‘Sarah’s Wonderful Honey’ brand was launched. Pure honey is healthy and delicious just as it is, but Sarah’s Wonderful Honey offers a range of flavoured honeys that…

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Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé from Kingsland – drinks review

Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé from Kingsland – drinks review

Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé British wine is selling at £4.99 and has 8.5% alcohol, so a light-in-every-way alternative to more robust traditional wines. It has a blush peach colour in the glass and is an unchallenging beverage that would be perfect for summer picnics. Reminds me of a Victoria sponge Kingsland’s research showed a…

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1070 Chrayme Salmon Box and Israeli Salad for dinner – review

1070 Chrayme Salmon Box and Israeli Salad for dinner – review

1070 Kitchen is a polished company specialising in providing delicious kosher foods to Selfridges, to events, to meetings and to me. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy their dishes, but you must have an appreciation of fine foods and fresh ingredients. Each dish comes sealed with a kosher certificate, clearly labelled with serving…

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1070 Chicken Goujons and Coleslaw – product review

1070 Chicken Goujons and Coleslaw – product review

No, dear reader, that isn’t the number of chicken pieces in a box, even though the serving is generous! 1070 is the name of a company that supplies delicious kosher food to Selfridges and for home delivery. They also cater events, meetings and gatherings of every kind. Learn about some of their other foods here….

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Live to Sparkle from Kingsland Wines – review

Live to Sparkle from Kingsland Wines – review

Ideal for party quaffing This is a real party-time drink. It’s ideal for a group, and any glass of fizz with a pink blush is bound to have a lot of frilly stage-presence. Live to Sparkle is a fun bottle complete with high-heels. Live to Sparkle is light with pleasant fruit on the palate; strawberry…

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1070 Celebrating Jewish Soup & Sandwiches

1070 Celebrating Jewish Soup & Sandwiches

So, what is 1070? A house number? A phone number? No, it’s actually a date. Jews first arrived in Britain in 1070 at the invitation of William the Conqueror, although the welcome mat was only out for a couple of hundred years. An Edict of Expulsion was a royal decree issued by King Edward I…

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Borgo Molino Prosecco – wine review

Borgo Molino Prosecco – wine review

It’s said that one eats with one’s eyes. Well, if that’s true then Borgo Molino Prosecco will be tempting before it even reaches the shopping basket. This is a bottle that stands out from the predictable crowd. It’s a little squatter than bottles customarily used for sparking wine. It’s somewhat reminiscent of a small 17th…

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Caorunn – the Scottish London Dry Gin – review

Caorunn – the Scottish London Dry Gin – review

The first thing one notices about Caorunn gin is, well, the gin! Its rather classy bottle presents mountain-stream-clear aromatic alcohol in its purest form. It invites the prospective drinker to anticipate the cool, crisp gin within. For me, Caorunn is a classic gin. It’s well-crafted and balanced. Its infusion is delicate, a few of the…

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Shorn Pinot Grigio Fizz – drinks review

Shorn Pinot Grigio Fizz – drinks review

Kingsland Drinks has launched Shorn Pinot Grigio sparkling wine in the UK, a wine that gets it bubbles through introduced carbonation. The investment in the equipment to add the bubbles was in response to the well-publicised increased demand for sparkling wine in Britain. We in the UK have had a love of Champagne for generations….

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Raisin and Cocoa – Biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw – product review

Raisin and Cocoa – Biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw – product review

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 – drinks review

Junmai Ginjo from Heavensake – drinks 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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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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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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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 – drinks review

Mezcal Amores – drinks review

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 mezcal is made in Oaxaca. Tequila must be made from blue agave and mezcal should not…

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