At last the English fruit season has arrived. The gooseberries and strawberries are in full flow and the raspberries,cherries and currants (black,red and white) are all just starting to come into their prime. For all these fruits when the season starts and end is inevitably affected by the weather and where you are in the country,some have much longer natural seasons than others and making the best of each while you can is what its all about.
I like them fresh of course,or cooked in compotes,sauces and pies and some preserved to bring a little [...]
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Matching food to wine or wine to food? Well normally I decide what I want to eat and then I think about what wine might go with it. I’m no expert at all,I stick mostly to ‘standard’ rules and also to wines I like. Occasionally I’ll go a bit off-piste,or someone will introduce me to something different,then I’ll revise my rules a bit. But its always the food first and the wine second.
In the last few weeks there’s been chance to turn this on its head. Try the wine and then wonder what to eat with [...]
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This is my first ‘Fresh from the oven’ bread baking challenge. I missed out on the first two because,well because,I was just too slow off the mark signing up. Anyway I’ve joined up now and I’m hoping its going to a be a fun way to do some different breads and also chat with other food bloggers and improve my breadmaking.
As soon as I’d signed up and logged on I took a look at the challenge and thought ‘hmmmm interesting,not tried that before,best do some reading round the matter’. This is a technique I term [...]
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“Here,turn right here,this has got to be it”.
We swerve round the corner and bounce along the driveway. “Nice pond,but where’s the big house?” There’s plenty of rolling parkland and a cluster of outbuildings but no grand house to be seen. There’s also a tall affable looking chap wearing wellies and a big chunky jumper so we slow up and roll down the window. “Here for the food foraging?” he says,“follow the track round between these buildings and you’ll see a group of parked cars and over to the right people on the lawn,that’s [...]
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This week it’s been English Wine Week,as you might imagine an event set up to encourage greater recognition (and consumption) of the wines produced in old Blighty. Its fair to say that even five years ago most people would have choked on their glass of Sauvignon at the prospect of a wide range of drinkable English wines being available,but even though many still might,they should perhaps think again. There are good English wines on offer in most of the major supermarkets and most self respecting [...]
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Since Wednesday I’ve been trying to live a more local existence on the food front. The challenge I set myself had 4 parts to it and centred on using up things I already had in the store cupboards,buying local produce,thinking about the provenance of what I ate and trying not to nip to the supermarket in the car unnecessarily.
So how have I been getting on?
Well I’ve not even been taking a hard-core approach to this i.e. only eating local produce yet its tougher than I thought. You get set in certain ways and habits food [...]
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The asparagus season has been going for a week or so now and so far I’ve only had one tasting just over a week ago and none since. It was great but once only is not good enough,there are only 6-8 weeks of the season,I refuse to buy asparagus out of season and I love the stuff so I really need to get focussed – I mean I’d eat it everyday if I could! So today,despite the heavy rain and blustery wind,I decided it had to be asparagus for lunch,preferably with some Jersey Royals [...]
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