Food & Drink
- Monday, 17 June 2013
Watch our video to find out how to make quick and tasty Paella
TV Chef John Torode has partnered with Neil McGuigan to launch their new recipe collection.
This dish captures the fresh and crisp Mediterranean flavour’s of Paella. John recommends having a crisp Pinot Grigio or a Chardonnay to bring out the tones and compliment this scrumptious seafood dish.
The new recipe collection is a mixture of a personalised and revolutionary food & wine matching service available at www.mcguiganwines.co.uk
- Monday, 17 June 2013
Matching wine to a baby leaf and herb salad, whose only coating is sea salt and black pepper, is easy - almost any white or light red wine will go. Finding a wine for a salad dressed in oil and vinegar is a little more difficult.
Malt vinegar mixed with oil produces tangy vinaigrette, but its acidity can mask the delicate flavours of both salad and wine. Try lowering the amount of vinegar or replace the malt vinegar entirely: red or white wine vinegars taste fruity and match the robust taste of cos lettuce and peppery rocket leaves. A less acidic dressing can be made with olive oil and lemon juice. Serve with light red wines, like Beaujolais, or whites from New Zealand or Sancerre in the Loire Valley.
- Thursday, 13 June 2013
Jun Tanaka was at the Foodies Festival in Clapham last weekend. He hosted a Discover the Origin food and wine pairing master class, highlighting the importance of Umami rich foods.
Jun Tanaka is a great believer in umami and the importance of looking out for quality produce in creating the perfect dish for our taste buds. In this video he tells us a little more about the "fifth sense", the ingredients that contain umami and how to use it effectively to get the best out of your cooking.
- Wednesday, 12 June 2013
My name is Paul A. Young and I am a cake-a-holic. I cannot imagine my life without the humble cake, whether it’s for afternoon tea, a quick coffee break or a stolen hour gossiping with friends. Moist and sticky with crunchy cocoa nibs and an aromatic sweet-spiced syrup, these cakes are the perfect dessert served warm with real vanilla ice cream or cold with rooibos or Earl Grey tea.
FOR THE CAKES
115g self-raising flour
65g dark cocoa powder, the best quality you can buy
½teaspoon sea salt
185g unsalted butter
225g unrefined muscovado sugar
- Tuesday, 11 June 2013
This fantastic recipe from Great British Chefs is a perfect dish for a large family, or made into portions and frozen for more than one meal.
- Monday, 10 June 2013
Choosing a gift for next Sunday's Father's Day is never that easy for sons and daughters, of whatever age. I'm sure you'll not complain when you receive the usual power tool or tankard, but it would be nice to get something rather more personalised wouldn't it? So why not help your children along by dropping subtle, or not, hints that a bottle or two of your favourite wine would be much appreciated.
Their urge to buy some high-strength and high-tannin red wine will be strong – don't try to divert this but direct it either towards something really, really expensive (after all you're worth it aren't you?), or a bottle of easier drinking French Claret or Aussie Shiraz you know only you will enjoy.
- Friday, 07 June 2013
The date for every food lover's diary has been announced. This year's Dartmouth Food Festival is set to take place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013. Don't miss out; make a note of it now!
Every year the line-up of celebrity chefs who come to the Festival gets more and more impressive. One of this year's most talked about chefs, owner of The Seahorse in Dartmouth and fish chef extraordinaire, Mitch Tonks, will be sharing his incredible skills.
- Tuesday, 04 June 2013
Charles Metcalfe was at the Foodies Festival in Cheshire last weekend. He hosted food and wine pairing sessions in the marquees set up on site.
We produced a short online video with Charles giving his top tips on what foods go best with what wines and how you can make a difference when serving at home. Charles covers what wine will best compliment each course of a great summer meal, including a great wine partner for a chocolate desert.
He was working with Discover the Origin, a European Union campaign designed to raise awareness around five Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products:
- Monday, 03 June 2013
I admit I was ignorant of how to go about fossilising a (deceased) pet hamster until I purchased the paperback of the same name.
How To Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist (£6.39 on Amazon for the paperback, £4.12 for Kindle version) is a must for anyone who longed to receive a Chemistry Set for Christmas but never did.
So if you've got half a bottle of rum, a can of coca cola with the fizz intact and some ice cubes you too can experiment with the contents of the drinks cabinet.
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