Cooking with Wine
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Keith Floyd was a passionate cook who liked a little wine (often while presenting his TV shows). His book on France is a delight. In his recipe for Pears in Red Wine he advises “wine not good enough to drink … Read More

Latest Wine Offer & Beginner’s Wine Course
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The 2014 Wine and Food Club for Beginners starts after Chinese New Year and will be held on two Fridays each month.  

A Provencal Picnic
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Here I am in Provence for the summer, once again making sure readers of my blog get up-to-date advice on the local dry, fresh, and fruity pink wines produced in the area. I wanted to do a piece on Provencal … Read More

Wine Tasting & SilverPlus Open House
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Thursday 16th May 10am – 3pm This event was a huge hit.  Visitors were able to taste some wines and take a look at the lovely silver jewellery from SilverPlus, some  just come for coffee and cake. We tasted the … Read More

Newsletter – Your Wine Type – May 2013
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In this month’s newsletter take a fascinating online test to discover why you like the wines you like.  This month’s wine offer is a fabulous reduction in price of a Classic Red. I also offer suggestions on wines to pair … Read More

Newsletter – An Italian Lesson
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This newsletter is all about Italian wine and contains hints on how to decipher the least user-friendly of labels.  I suggest a mixed case for Spring, a fabulous Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for wine of the month and a healthy wine-friendly … Read More

S is for Smoked Salmon Fishcakes
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A plethora of S words today. I Settled on these Scrumptious fishcakes. I Stumbled upon the recipe when I was looking for a match for two Smokey wines; the first a Pouilly-Fumé (Sauvignon Blanc) from the Central Vineyards in the … Read More

P is for Pear and Almond Cake with Almond Crunch Topping
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I have used this very wine-friendly recipe on many occasions and it never fails to delight everyone.  The classic combination of Pear & Almond matches well with many sweet as well as certain sparkling wines whether they are dry or … Read More

N is for Nigella
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I just couldn’t justify blogging about anything else beginning with N. For the few who do not know, Nigella is an English home cook who has a few books and TV series to her name. My website contains 19 posts … Read More

L is for Little Sticky Toffee Puddings
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Every 6-8 weeks I invite my original group of students to come along for a blind tasting of a selection of wines that we review for the website.  At our Christmas meeting I had chosen a fortified dessert wine to … Read More

Little Sticky Toffee Puddings with Pecan Toffee Sauce
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From Delia Smith’s Christmas by Delia Smith Serves 8 Ingredients: 75gm butter, at room temperature 150gm caster sugar 2 eggs, beaten 175gm self-raising flour 175gm stoned dates, chopped 175ml boiling water ½ tsp vanilla essence 2 tsp coffee essence ¾ … Read More

Leek, Mushroom & Gruyère Quiche
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  From www.BBCGoodFood.com by Barney Desmazery Serves 8 Ingredients: 25g butter 4 leeks , sliced and washed 250g pack chestnut mushrooms , sliced 2 eggs 284ml double cream 140g Gruyère cheese, coarsely grated For the pastry: 280g plain flour 140g … Read More

C is for Cooking (with Wine)
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Obviously I could have written about Chardonnay although I have done that before, or indeed Champagne or Chenin Blanc but don’t worry they are in the pipeline as topics for this month’s blog challenge. Cooking with wine or cooking to … Read More

Newsletter – Valentines Day – Feb 2013
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This month’s newsletter had to be all about Valentines didn’t it really?  A lovely Valentine Cake Recipe and lots of ideas about red wine and chocolate combinations………..yum!

Apple, Mincemeat & Nut Strudel
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From Delia Smith’s Christmas by Delia Smith Serves 8 Ingredients: 4 Bramley apples, weighing about 560gms in total 225gm mincemeat (Commercial) Grated zest of 1 orange Grated zest of 1 lemon 1 heaped tbsp soft brown sugar ½ tsp ground … Read More

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