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Lobster thermidor baked potatoes


Lobster thermidor baked potatoes: Another run-out for Mark Hix's wonderfully decadent recipe for a lobster-stuffed baked potato from his book Hix on Baking. Such a great idea . . .

Feb 12 Read more

Pot Luck Club, Cape Town


Pot Luck Club, Cape Town: All discussions on where to eat in Cape Town tend to end up with a recommendation to eat at what is still generally regarded as the city’s best restaurant, The Test Kitchen. Which is not a wholly practical suggestion as it’s almost impossible to get a table.

Feb 7 Read more

Wines to match favourite Valentine's Day foods

Top pairings

Wines to match favourite Valentine's Day foods: If you haven't yet worked out what to drink on Saturday (February 14th, if you need reminding!) here are a few suggestions to match popular Valentine's Day foods.

Feb 11 Read more

Wine of the week: Melonix 2014

Wine finds

Wine of the week: Melonix 2014: One of the best ways to make new wine discoveries is to experiment with wines by the glass. And that is how I found Melonix, a fabulous wine from biodynamic Loire producer Domaines Jo Landron at the newly opened Frenchie in Covent Garden yesterday.

Feb 5 Read more

How to throw a vodka and zakuski party

Spirits & cocktails

How to throw a vodka and zakuski party: A vodka party sounds dangerous, the sort of idea you used to come up when you were a student but think Russian-style hors d’oeuvres, or zakuski as they call them, and you’ve got a great theme for an evening with friends.

Jan 21 Read more

What to drink with chicken wings (and your other Superbowl snacks)

Beer & cider

What to drink with chicken wings (and your other Superbowl snacks): Let’s face it a well-honed wine pairing probably isn’t top priority on Superbowl night but there’s no reason why you can’t sip something delicious as you’re nervously nibbling your chicken wings (or your nails).

Feb 6 Read more


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