We welcome back Gwen McCann from The House Wine to give us her round-up of the best holiday wines to drink this year and today we’re off to Santorini and Sardinia. As we all swelter here, I thought it was fitting to look at some wines that come from real Mediterranean climates and are perfectly suited to our steamy summer weather. Santorini and Sardinia are...

Many moons ago, Caro used to work as a literary agent and one of the agency’s authors, Antonia Barber, wrote the most magnificent picture book, The Mousehole Cat. From the first draft, Caro recalls that it was almost word-perfect and the wonderful Sebastian Walker, of Walker Books, recognised that too and commissioned Nicola Bayley to illustrate it. It took years to publish but it’s easy to see why. It was a match made in heaven. The story recounts  the legend of Tom Bawcock. who decided to save his village, Moushole, in Cornwall,...

We have been hit by a heat wave in the UK for the past few weeks and so many of us will have barbecued. So we thought we’d take a look at barbecuing elsewhere in the world. In Brazil, churrasco is the term for a barbecue which originated in southern Brazil. It uses a variety of meats, pork, sausage and chicken which may be cooked on a purpose-built “churrasqueira”,...

Savory is a herb in the genus Satureja. Winter savoury is Satureja montana, summer savoury is Satureja hortensis. Satureja is a genus of aromatic plants of the family Lamiaceae, related to rosemary and thyme. There are about 30 species called savories, of which summer savory and winter savory are the most important in cultivation. Summer savory is an annual herb,...

It is party time here this weekend and we’ll be shaking things up – literally. You don’t need to be a professional bartender to create some great party cocktail recipes at home. In fact, you don’t even need a cocktail shaker – a jam jar, or plastic milk bottle will do! One great benefit of turning your home gathering into a cocktail party is the sharing....

We were very lucky to be sent a range of Holy Lama Naturals Spice Drops to try. As a self confessed kitchen alchemist these fabulous drops contain concentrated extracts of natural spices.The company maintains that they offer a simpler, more consistent way to infuse food and drink with pure, vibrant flavours. A purely natural product means there are no additives or preservatives. Contained in tincture bottles, a couple of drops go a long way. That’s all you need to produce a balanced flavour packed meals. We added the garlic...

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Many people are familiar with bouillabaisse, the classic French fish stew. The Provençal version of the dish is called bourride. Bourride is a fabulous fish and seafood soup/stew from Provence and the Languedoc which is a cousin of the bouillabaisse and is made special by the addition of aioli. It is particularly appreciated in Toulon, which is in the Var region of a Provence, to Sete in the Heirault. It is served along the coast from Saint-Raphaël to Nice, and though it may be less well-known, it is just as delicious as its famous relative....

Welcome to Meat Free Monday. We’ve got a glut of courgettes at the moment and so we thought we’d share one of our favourite ways to use some of them up. Today, we’re making courgette hummus. Deliciously light and refreshing and made in a matter of minutes. The courgette or zucchini is a summer squash which can reach nearly a meter in length, but...

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Jiaozi or Gyozo is a type of dumpling commonly eaten across Eastern, Central and Western Asia. Though commonly considered part of Chinese cuisine, jiaozi/gyozo are also commonly eaten in many other Asia It’s thought that gyoza originated in China and was introduced to Japan. Gyoza wrappers are slightly thicker than wonton wrappers and gyozo is mainly cooked...

Olive It ! is a Paean to the olive. If you are olive lovers like us then this book is for you. The book is born from the authors passion for olives and the Olive It! campaign which is a celebration of table olives aimed to inspire and take its members on a journey of discovery. The European campaign is being run in the UK and also in Spain and France, to appeal to...