Wines of Australia
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Do you remember your first glass of Australian Chardonnay?  Was it sunshine in a glass together with heaps of alcohol and oak flavouring? At a recent Wines of Australia tasting entitled “History & Evolution” aimed at sommeliers here, the message … Read More

Balsamic Mushrooms with Gorgonzola on Bruschetta
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From WeightWatchers.co.uk  Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 tsps Oil, Olive, extra virgin 1 clove Garlic, crushed 2 tsps Sun Dried Tomato Paste 200 g French Bread (4 x 50g slices), cut on an angle 225 g Mushrooms, sliced if large 50ml … Read More

Chocolate-Marbled Meringues
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From Weightwatchers.co.uk Serves 10 Ingredients: 4 individual Egg White 225 g Sugar, Caster 2 teaspoons (heaped) Cocoa Powder, sifted 50 g Chocolate, Plain, dark Method: Preheat the oven to 130°C. Line 2 baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment. 1.Whisk the … Read More

U is for Umami
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I plan to talk about Wine Apps in a few days but couldn’t wait to let you know about “WineQuest” which, and I quote, “after a quick taste interview can predict if you’re going to love, like, or simply hate … 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

Chocolate Macaroons
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From Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson Makes 25 pieces Ingredients: 2 egg whites 200gm ground almonds 30gm cocoa powder 175gm icing sugar Method: 1.Preheat oven to 200C, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or preferably Bake-O-Glide. 2. Mix … 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

Wines for Thaipusam
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Thaipusam is a public holiday in several states in Malaysia including Selangor, Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur.  This is a major Hindu festival celebrating the victory of good over evil. The biggest celebration occurs at Batu Caves which is considered … Read More

Newsletter – Buying Wines Online – April’12
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Buying wines online – what a good idea! Read this month’s newsletter for more reasons why……  A fabulous Recipe of the Month with matching wine offers.

Christmas-spiced Chocolate Cake
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From Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson Serves 10 to 12 (slices) Ingredients: Cake: 150g dark chocolate, chopped 150g soft butter 6 eggs 250g sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g ground almonds 1 tsp ground cinnamon pinch of ground cloves zest … Read More

Anglo-Asian Lamb Salad
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From “Nigella Express” by Nigella Lawson Serves 2 as a main course; 4 as a starter Ingredients: 2 x 5ml tsps Garlic Oil 1 lamb loin (approx 250g) 1 packet salad leaves (180g) 3 x 15ml tbsps chopped fresh mint … Read More

Chinese Wines & Food to Match
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With Chinese New Year around the corner I thought it appropriate to discuss all things Chinese.  On a recent trip to China I tried Great Wall wine – Chardonnay to be precise and whilst it didn’t smell or taste very … Read More

Cranberry & Soy Glazed Cocktail Sausages
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(from Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson) Makes 50 Ingredients: 125ml Thai or Chinese sweet chilli sauce 60ml cranberry sauce from a jar 60ml soy sauce 1 tbsp dark brown sugar juice of 1 satsuma juice of 1 lime 50 cocktail … Read More

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