Giles Coren. Again

  It is rare these days that I get so incensed that I stop what I am doing and start bashing out a blog post.  Ferociously bashing away at the keys, raging inside so much that the words spill out onto the screen and I hit publish the instant it is finished.  But here we

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I made a gin!

  And I dont mean in my shed, or in the bath, or at the kitchen sink. Blogger Gin has been a year in the planning.  I cannot begin to tell you how complicated it has been but this week it finally happened! Bloggers spend an awful lot of time talking about gin, so I

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So the Roux brothers have banned photographing their food

  <massive eye roll> I mean, seriously boys? For those that don’t know there was an article in The Evening Standard this week that quotes Michel Roux I’m really getting so upset about people taking pictures. We put up a card at the door saying ‘No photos, please’. I mean, what are they doing? Maybe

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Window Wednesday — Brownsea Island

Despite being members of the National Trust for about twenty years we had no idea they owned Brownsea Island, just off Poole in Dorset.   We also didn’t know that you could get the ferry over to visit for the day. Or an hour Which is all the time we could spend there recently.  Because we

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Saturday baking

I tried a bit of an experiment this weekend, Saturday baking- we were taking pud to a friends’ house and I decided to bake a cake to take round, rather than buying something.   Which is brave as my kitchen disasters are pretty regular and by doing this I was leaving myself no time to then

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Buying a used car, how to, and how not to sell cars

  A few weeks ago I was car shopping.   First online, and then visiting showrooms with a view to test driving before making a final decision. The only criteria I had were that it had to be fun, and, in what might have been some kind of mid life crisis, it had to be a

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Window Wednesday — Bladon Church

When I started my Window Wednesday posts it was because I have always loved how windows can frame a shot.  You can look through the window and see it perfectly  frame the vista beyond.  Or an arrangement of objects just in front of them, flooded by the window’s natural light.  It is rare then that

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Gin of the month — October — TOAD

Yes, my gin of the month for October is called TOAD.  Or rather my gin of the month is made by The Oxford Artisan Distillery, TOAD for short.   We first heard about this distillery after Tom, who runs it, was featured on BBC’ Countryfile  because not only has he just started up this distillery in

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