Talking turkey

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It’s pretty much the hottest day of the year and I’m about to eat a full Christmas dinner in deepest Berkshire. Just what is going on. Especially as I’m not turkey’s number one fan. It’s okay but to date its not had a guaranteed place on my christmas table….

When I was a kid we always had roast turkey for Christmas dinner and it was good,but it never seemed as nice as the excitement it generated amongst everyone else. For me it was never quite a tasty and juicy as roast chicken. Maybe the plethora of trimmings overshadowed [...]

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Reviewing stuff

I’ve been reviewing stuff here since the early days of the blog in some shape or form. Usually stuff rather than eating out experiences,there are plenty of people doing eating out reviews way better than I ever could hope to. I’ve also done mini reviews on both of my posterous blogs.

Sometimes the stuff I review has been sent to me for free,sometimes I’ve paid for it with hard cash,sometimes its been an exchange or barter of a truly old fashioned type –some of my help in return for food.

Just as I don’t review every [...]

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Competition time

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I’ve not run a competition on the blog before. I’ve thought about it a few times and played with different ideas but never actually taken the plunge.

Until now.

Why?

Well two things really,someone offered a lovely prize,one I’d be happy to have myself and when I asked Twitter the verdict was resoundingly that competitions are GOOD….. I assume everyone is hoping to win. So good it would seem that one cheeky chappy (he knows who he is) suggested I design the rules such that he was guaranteed to win,very naughty. And I won’t be doing that.

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E17,the food,the place,but mostly not the band

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I just looked up E17 on wikipedia…..where it tells me that it can refer to:

A European road route that runs from Antwerp to Beaune,via a whole bunch of places including Arras and Reims A British pop band,originally called East 17 A version of the window stacking software Englightenment A postcode in the E area of London (E = east) A Japanese visual sci-fi novel called Ever17 A type of Edison screw on light bulbs witha diameter of 17mm And a British submarine of WW1

Well I never and I just thought it was the postal district adjacent [...]

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Supermarket safari

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I love going away on holiday. I love the different sights and sounds and tastes. And in particular I love the supermarkets. Yes that’s right the supermarkets. Not the food shops or markets but the supermarkets. The specialist food shops and markets are good too but you have to know a modicum of the language in question or be a dab hand at gesticulating to get something close to what you want and I mostly got stuck at “dos cervezas por favor”. So I say bring on the exploration of another nation’s food culture through it supermarkets (or indeed lack of them). They can even act [...]

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