Tasting of Light & Refreshing Wines
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Sign up for a Masterclass on Light & Refreshing White Wines on Friday 10 March – particularly if you are bored with Sauvignon Blanc!!! Includes Refreshing Lunch Perfectly matched with a seafood menu from Southern Rock Seafood. Deadline for signup … Read More

Wine & Sun in Switzerland – Really?
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My thoughts before a recent trip to Geneva: cold weather, dull and expensive wines made from weird grape varieties. I stayed with a friend and felt, on behalf of my dear blog readers, duty bound to pay her local vineyard … Read More

Mango and Passionfruit Mousse
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From WeightWatchers.co.uk  Serves 8 Ingredients: 3 large Ripe Mango 300g Cheese, Soft, Medium Fat 4 tsp Artificial Sweetener 3 individual Egg Whites 6 medium Passion Fruit, halved Method: 1. Cut down the sides of the stone of the mangoes and … Read More

Asparagus (and Pea) Soup
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From WeightWatchers.co.uk Serves 4 Ingredients:  5 sprays Cooking Spray, Calorie Controlled 4 medium Spring Onions, finely chopped 400 gms Asparagus, Raw, chopped 900 ml Stock, Fresh, vegetable 100 gms Cheese, soft, low fat 3 tbs Milk, Skimmed 1/8 tsp Black … 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

Tiger Prawn & Apple Salad
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From Matching Food and Wine by Michel Roux Jr Serves 6 Ingredients: 18 (350gms) tiger prawns 6 tbsp vegetable oil 2 garlic cloves 2 tsp clear honey 1 tsp Madras curry powder Juice of 2 limes Juice of 1 lemon … 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

Smoked Salmon Fishcakes
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 From ‘Made at Home: Curing & Smoking’ by Dick & James Strawbridge Serves 4 Ingredients: 1kg new potatoes 150g smoked salmon, roughly chopped 4 spring onions, roughly sliced 2 fresh red chillies, chopped into rings, seeds and all 100g pitted … Read More

Yogurt Pot Cake
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From Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson Makes 16 slices Ingredients: 150gm plain yogurt 150ml flavourless vegetable oil, plus some for greasing 3 eggs 250gm caster sugar 2 capfuls  vanilla extract zest ½ unwaxed lemon 175gm plain flour 75gm cornflour 1 tsp … Read More

Curried Butternut Squash Soup
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From Wine, Food & Friends, by Karen MacNeil Makes approx 10 Cups Ingredients: 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 cup thinly sliced leek (about 1 large) 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tbsp brown sugar ¾ tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp ground … Read More

Goat’s Cheese, Pecan & Bacon Salad
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From BBC Good Food (www.bbcgoodfood.com)  Serves 2 Ingredients: ½ frisée lettuce, washed and root trimmed off 1 head chicory, split into leaves 1 handful pecans, toasted 100gm log goat’s cheese, cut into 4 slices 2 slices sourdough bread, toasted and … Read More

Goat’s Cheese & Onion Tart
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(Delicious Magazine published Jan 2008) Serves 8 Ingredients 50g butter 1 tbsp olive oil 2 lge onions, sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 eggs plus 2 yolks 142ml double cream 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves plus extra 100g mild … Read More

Sauvignon Blanc
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Bored of New Zealand Sauvignon? It’s something I hear quite often, but what is the alternative? If you like a nice, light, refreshing white wine as an aperitif then of course there are numerous white grapes to try. Or, you … Read More