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Gin and cucumber sorbet


Gin and cucumber sorbet: When I heard from one of my favourite local restaurants Bell's Diner in Bristol that they were serving gin and cucumber sorbet I couldn't even wait to taste it before asking for the recipe, particularly after a steamy hot week like this.

Jul 25 Read more

64 degrees, Brighton


64 degrees, Brighton: The mark of a ‘good ‘critic, my dad always used to say, is that you agree with them. This certainly applies in the case of the Guardian’s Marina O’Loughlin whose view of what makes a great meal (good simple food, lack of pretention) I totally sign up to.

Jul 6 Read more

What wine - and other drinks - to pair with cheesecake

Top pairings

What wine - and other drinks - to pair with cheesecake: The most useful clue to the kind of wine that works with cheesecake is to think of the toppings and flavourings that are used in cheesecake recipes - usually something quite tart to accompany the richness and creaminess of the cheese.

Jul 30 Read more

Good wine pairings for Saint-Nectaire


Good wine pairings for Saint-Nectaire : Having spent a few days in the Auvergne recently and eaten more than my fair share of Saint Nectaire cheese with a variety of wines, mostly natural, here’s what I think works best.

Jul 20 Read more

Summer ale cup

Spirits & cocktails

Summer ale cup: A cross between a Pimm’s and a shandy which I concocted a few year's ago for my son Will’s and my book An Appetite for Ale. You'll obviously need to play around with the proportions depending on the fruit cup and the beer you use

Jul 24 Read more

The best wine and beer pairings for mussels/moules

Beer & cider

The best wine and beer pairings for mussels/moules: Just as with every other ingredient the ideal pairing for mussels depends how you cook them.

Jul 22 Read more


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