Wine & Champagne for Special Occasions – Roberson Wine


The guys over at Roberson wine would like to share some of their celebratory drinks advice with you. As a party goer and giver myself I am always looking for new wines to try out . So here are a few snippets from the experts:  We shouldn’t need an excuse to drink good wine but […]

Seville Orange & Lavender Marmalade Cake for Mother’s Day

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This weekend sees the results of the annual Dalemain Marmalade Awards. I did enter with my third attempt. Seville orange Campari & ginger marmalade. My first two attempts were a lemon & rose petal and a Seville orange & lavender. The latter being the star of my orange & lavender marmalade cake. I have absolutely […]

Olives From Spain & My Olive Marinades

Thai style olives

This week I have been sent a hamper by OLIVES FROM SPAIN with the idea of creating one or more marinades perfectly suited  to flavour their olives.  The winning olive marinade will be featured on their Facebook page HERE. Before I tell you about my marinades, I should just say that since a very young […]

How To Make Ginger Cordial

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Ginger is an ingredient I often turn to when I am feeling  under the weather. It warms me up when I am feeling cold and it clears and soothes my throat when the winter viruses come a calling. It is also an ingredient that can liven up a soft drink and there is often nothing […]

Posh pickled onions for a gift

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I have a special liking for all things pickle.  I have always, for as long as I can remember eaten gherkins, capers, onions, cornichons and olives by the jar full. So I guess my sour taste buds are fully functioning! I was the child who tried to steal everyone’s gherkin from their burger and who […]

Spiced Aubergine Apricot & Tomato Chutney

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It has been a while, last year in fact, since I last made chutney. Once a year, normally around this time I start to feel the need to produce bottles and jars filled with goodies for Christmas. Some are given as presents but lots I like to keep in the house for me and the […]