Hey you’ve gotta have bubbles during the Christmas or Hogmanay festivities, but it doesn’t have to be champagne. If you fancy buck’s fizz (champagne and orange juice) or black velvet (champagne and Guinness), you’ll find that a good-quality fizz works just as well, and is a good deal cheaper. Read more
At Number 1 is Waitrose.
Score: 9.5 /10
Price v Value for Money: Waitrose’s own label prices for weekly staples (sliced bread, butter, milk…) are very competitive and often as not will be at a similar level to ones at Sainsbury’s & Tesco. But stray away to the more enticing products at your cost! Read more
You’re one of the many millions watching ‘The Great British Bake Off’ on BBC Two. Tad apprehensive that you don’t have the cooking skills of Mary Berry, Delia Smith or the baking know how of Paul Hollywood, but you’re itching to get your apron on and start baking? Then why not try the ‘Can I Eat It? ‘So Easy To Make Cupcakes’? They look great and they have that ‘I must have another and another one’ quality. Happy baking! Read more
Few years back my editor asked – was I available to go to Venice, via the Orient Express, to taste cocktails and interview Arrigo Cipriani, the proprietor of Venice’s legendary Harry’s Bar. I can’t see it being a problem was my reply! Read more
Great winemakers can make relatively ordinary indigenous grape varieties sing with flavour. For example, Spain’s white, thick skinned, heavily pipped and low yielding Albarino grape would not be vine of choice for any of the world’s viticulturists or oenologists.
There is a growing momentum in the restaurant world to promote umami, the natural flavour enhancer in some types of food, to the elevated position of the fifth taste! The first four are: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. Sorry guys. You are a thousand or so years too late. Food and drink’s fifth taste is – terroir!