Did you know that my parents used to own a vineyard? For ten years they lived at Chateau Masburel, turning it around from being semi derelict and producing third rate wine to a co-operative into a stunning home and a business that shipped worldwide. During that time, and in fact before it, my parents had been fans of wine to a greater degree than many of us can
Ad — Feature If you are anything like me then you will regularly get to 5pm and think “shoot I haven’t thought what to have for dinner tonight and people will expect food in half an hour”. This will probably then be followed by a mad dash to the fridge, which you will open and stare into in the vain hope that dinner inspiration will leap out at you
It will come as no surprise to regular readers to find me talking about coffee on this blog, I do it fairly regularly (though I do admit that I drink it less often, I leave that to Mr B). We regularly attend the London Coffee Festival, and are the proud owners of a rather fancy coffee machine called the Dual Boiler, made by Sage Appliances we have had it
I don’t know about you but this is the time of year that I think “If I see another piece of chocolate I am going to heave”. What is it about Christmas that means we feel we are neglecting our family if we don’t have 17 different boxes of chocolates or chocolatey snacks on the coffee table? Or a whole basket full of crisps, wasabi peas, peanuts etc? Yep, by
Ginger cake and the Grand Prix is a winning combination for a Sunday afternoon if you ask me. Followed by Antiques Roadshow and a cracking drama. Did you watch The Bodyguard? If you didn’t, please catch up, it’s superb. Oh and Killing Eve has been incredible too, so brilliantly played and if Jodie Cromer doesn’t get a BAFTA then I am going to demand a recount.
As always I am handing in my home work and apologising profusely for the fact it is late. It should have been in by yesterday but, well, the last week hasn’t exactly gone to plan and the time I thought I would have to make this, Friday afternoon, was the time we were learning my granny had past away that morning. She loved to bake my granny. In fact
I am sure it won’t have escaped your attention that Great British Bake Off is back. Still dividing opinion it would seem on whether it should be on Channel 4 or not, and how it isn’t the same with out Mary but it’s not about that for me. It’s about watching bakers create things in a tent and discussing on Twitter who our instant favourite is, and who we
Just recently it was healthy eating week, and as I had just come back from a week of yoga and meditation in France I was keen to carry on with the healthy eating I had been doing over there. I put a call out online for some products that people thought I should try out. The first of these is a product that a friend introduced me to: Superfood Powder.
Have you ever tried cooking with Himalayan salt blocks? I saw somebody doing this on the TV late last year and instantly put “salt block” on my Christmas list. Jonnie obliged with a beautiful block and with all that has gone on this year it has been a few months before I have had a chance to use it. If you don’t know about these blocks, let me bring you
Did you see the headlines this week that Sainsbury’s are introducing “touch free meat“? What a time to be alive. Seriously. This has all come about because apparently Sainsbury’s has found that under 35 year olds are afraid of touching raw chicken. Katherine Hall, product development manager for meat, fish and poultry at the supermarket giant, told the Sunday Times: ‘Customers, particularly younger ones, are quite scared of touching raw
If you know anything about me from reading my blog over the years you will know that every year we visit the London Coffee Festival. It is a great showcase of all things coffee, and increasingly tea and other drinks. Hello Baileys. Held at the Old Truman Brewery it is in an area of London that is rapidly becoming one of my favourite parts of the city, just off Brick
You might not have heard of the Wetherspoons App so let me bring you up to speed and then explain why I think it might be the greatest marketing gimmick ever. Lots of pubs and restaurants have apps these days, a great way to build loyalty as customers can be rewarded with points for visits, updated on latest deals, or see menu changes all at the tap of a few