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  • 26 Jan 2021

    The Roots of Kimchi

    The Roots of Kimchi is a British company distributing an iconic Asian product. So, what exactly is Kimchi? Kimchi is perhaps the most celebrated of Korean foods, although it’s not a dish in its own right, as it’s a versatile condiment. The Roots of Kimchi products have been using the same traditional methods that Koreans...

  • 25 Jan 2021

    Dima’s Vodka

    Dima’s Vodka is new to me, but this bottle has been a welcome introduction. But what exactly is vodka? It’s a spirit traditionally made in Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and a few other Eastern European countries. It’s basically a combination of water and ethanol derived from cereal grains that have been fermented, although potatoes are...

  • 22 Jan 2021

    The Big Fry Burger

    The Big Fry Burger! Sounds tempting, comforting and meaty, and it is. But no animals were harmed in the making of these patties. They are vegan but please, dear reader, do not turn the page. We are not a vegan. I am not even a vegetarian but having said that, we, chez nous, only eat...

  • 20 Jan 2021

    Special Brockmans Gin deal at Morrisons

    27 January – 16 February 2021  Whether your interpretation of ‘Dry January’ was to drink dry gin and dry wine or to ‘go dry’, here’s a reason to change all that. Celebrate the end of dry January with a gin that is filled with fruity notes. Brockmans Gin, the distinctive super-premium gin that brims with...

  • 19 Jan 2021

    Reflections at the British Museum

    Reflections: contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa February – August 2021 in Room 90 Featuring around 100 works on paper, the majority of which have been collected by the British Museum during the past decade, this exhibition presents artists from across the Middle East and North Africa who reflect on their own...

  • 18 Jan 2021

    Frosted Sherry and Spice

    From Morrisons Frosted Sherry and Spice is a cooling  cocktail with a cinnamon twist. Ingredients 50ml Harveys Bristol Cream 50ml pressed apple juice a dash of ginger ale 1 cinnamon stick Method Pour the sherry into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Add the apple juice and top with ginger ale. Stir with the...

  • 15 Jan 2021

    Caramel Toffee Apples

    From Sainsbury’s Toffee Apples are a childhood favourite that’s a must-eat-treat at Halloween. Use a crunchy British-grown apple like a Braeburn or Falstaff. Serves: Makes 10 Preparation time: 10 Minutes Cooking time: 10 Minutes Cooling Time: 15   Ingredients 10 lolly sticks 10 British Braeburn apples, scrubbed to remove wax residue, and stalks removed 500g...

  • 11 Jan 2021

    Zeeland, land of salt and sweet!

    The Netherlands has so much to offer. Many of us think we know about this small but perfectly formed country. Well, we had that weekend away in Amsterdam, didn’t we? Yes, that city has a multitude of exciting facets, but travel outside and discover the real Netherlands – it’s a compact nation so it won’t...

  • 11 Jan 2021

    Cardamom and Honey cocktail

    Cardamom and Honey cocktail takes a little time to prepare but it is worth it. It is exotic with great balance from the homey and lemon. The egg white is an important element but the ingredients must be well shaken to give that rich texture.   Ingredients 1 1/2 ounces vodka 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see below)...

  • 08 Jan 2021

    Caramelised toffee walnut tarts with clotted cream

    From Delia Smith   These lovely toffee walnut tarts provide an elegant dish to end a meal. Tartlet cases are fiddly and time-consuming to make yourself so why not cheat with good-quality bought ones, available from most supermarkets.   Serves 4 Ingredients 4 M&S all-butter tartlet cases 110g walnut halves (or pieces) 4 rounded tbsp...

  • 04 Jan 2021

    Cream and Tea cocktail

    Nothing could be better than an afternoon sipping tea, or even better, a Cream Sherry and Tea cocktail.  It couldn’t be easier to make with only two ingredients. Chill the sherry before using for maximum chill! Cream & Tea Pour 60ml of Cream Sherry and 140ml of ice tea into a tumbler with ice Garnish...

  • 31 Dec 2020

    Brockmans – The Brockmans 75

    Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin And on the twelfth day… The Brockmans 75 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice 15ml Sugar syrup Sparkling wine Twist of lemon zest to garnish Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the Brockmans Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and shake. Strain into...

  • 30 Dec 2020

    The Seafood Shack

    The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool The Seafood Shack is the title of this superb cookbook, and it’s also the name of a catering van which must be quite a considerable cut above the average. Kirsty and Fenella opened the Shack in May 2016 with a plan to provide Ullapool with local seafood...

  • 28 Dec 2020

    Brockmans Gin and Ginger

    Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin Gin and Ginger 50ml Brockmans Gin Premium ginger ale A slither of stem ginger Blueberries Fill your chilled glass with large ice cubes. The larger the better so they don’t melt as fast and water down your drink. Pour over the gin. Add chilled premium ginger ale...

  • 21 Dec 2020

    Brockmans Cosmopolitan

    Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin Cosmopolitan 35ml Brockmans Gin 15ml Cointreau 15ml Fresh lime juice 30ml Cranberry juice Lime Add the gin, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, cranberry juice and a handful of ice into a shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled stemmed glass and serve with a lime twist WHERE TO...

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