Archive For October 2020

Brockmans Clove Actually

Brockmans Clove Actually

On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me…Brockmans Gin Clove Actually. This is a delightfully spicy interpretation of a classic G&T with an attractive garnish to start your festive season in style. Clove Actually 50ml Brockmans Gin Top with good quality tonic Garnish: blueberries or clove-studded grapefruit Pour over large ice…

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From Mountain to Sea

From Mountain to Sea

Welsh chef Kate Probert, who runs a cookery school in Gower and previously won guidebook recognition for two much-loved Welsh restaurants, has released her first book. From Mountain to Sea is a perfect Christmas present for any Francophile or food lover. It contains a beautiful collection of French-inspired recipes, interspersed with stories of Kate’s life…

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Rum Cocktails

Rum Cocktails

Rum Cocktails by Stuart Walton is perhaps the best quality and best priced rum cocktail book around. It’s from Lorenz Books who have a reputation for publishing good value books which one will actually use. Christmas will soon be with us and it’s probable that we will be staying home in small ‘bubbles’ this year….

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A Field Guide to Cheese: How to Select, Enjoy, and Pair the World’s Best Cheeses

A Field Guide to Cheese: How to Select, Enjoy, and Pair the World’s Best Cheeses

A Field Guide to Cheese is a veritable compendium of some of the most celebrated cheeses from around the world and a fully illustrated cheese reference book for cheese lovers. The guide starts with a history of cheese. It’s a long one, starting at 5000BC. There is information on milk-giving animals such as sheep, goats,…

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Hawthorn’s Gin Helps Out

Hawthorn’s Gin Helps Out

Mix a cocktail, donate to charity – Hawthorn’s Gin helps out Ahoy there. It’s Hawthorn’s Gin Happy Hour A gin created from a recipe discovered in a Hampshire naval war hero’s diary, is inviting you to try some tantalising Autumn cocktail recipes. And as if discovering this multi-award-winning gin wasn’t enough, for every bottle you…

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Aloha 65

Aloha 65

Well, shame on me! I looked at the pale blue bottle with 1950s surfer and tiki-bar tones and was determined that this wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. But wait! A little sip and one’s mixologist’s mind is racing. A second taste has one detecting an exotic tapestry of flavours. 65 attempts British…

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Burpee North African Aubergine Moussaka

Burpee North African Aubergine Moussaka

The Brand New Aubergine ‘Genie’ It is time to banish those 1980’s memories of soggy ratatouille (whilst waiting in anticipation for your dessert of Arctic Roll) and herald the aubergine for what it truly is….one of the most interesting vegetables to grow and eat!  As a staple of many recipes in cuisines from Europe, Asia…

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Italy: The World Vegetarian

Italy: The World Vegetarian

Italy: The World Vegetarian is a vibrant volume penned by Christine Smallwood. It will delight vegetarians but, just as importantly, it will also be welcomed by lovers of Italian food of every kind. I confess! I am not a vegetarian and will likely never be one. I do, however, only eat meat a couple of…

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Vodka cocktail

Vodka cocktail

Vodka Cocktails by Stuart Walton is perhaps the best quality and best priced vodka cocktail book around. It’s from Lorenz Books who have a reputation for publishing good value books which one will actually use. Christmas will soon be with us and it’s probable that we will be staying home in small ‘bubbles’ this year….

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Biltong

Biltong

Biltong – Mighty Meaty Jack Links offer snacks which are healthy and full of delicious umami. Biltong is a traditional food and it’s been around for centuries in one form or another. European settlers arriving in southern Africa in the early 17th century used vinegar as the meat-preserving medium along with saltpetre which prevents botulism;…

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