Food & Drink
- 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.
- Tuesday, 28 May 2013
A look at beer this week. Why? Because Guinness just doesn’t taste like it used to and so the only way to get hold of a pint of the original is to brew it yourself. Home brewing allows you to recreate bygone beer tastes that aren’t available anymore.
Up to about 1900, the brewery Whitbread made a hearty beer called Double Stout, similar in taste to Export Guinness. This thick bodied beer, with an alcoholic strength of 7%, was similar to the many beers brewed during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
- Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Did you know that an average of six country pubs close each week? One reader recommended a fine example, the King Arms in Lockerley.
Situated on the Hampshire Wiltshire border a few years ago this pub closed and now has recently been revitalised by new owners.
- Gerard Basset, World Champion Sommelier shares his Cannes film festival wine pairings
- Discover a great country pub!
- Paula's Wines of the Week starting 20th May 2013
- Paula's Wines of the Week starting 13 May 2013
- Paula's Wines of the Week starting 7 May 2013
- Nadia Sawalha’s Splenda Fragrant spiced chicken with pickled carrot and cucumber salad
- Nadia Sawalha’s Splenda Fresh Fruit Tarts
- Nadia Sawalha’s Splenda Frozen Blueberry Yoghurt
- Paula's Wines of the Week starting 29 April 2013