Books & Films, Food & Drink, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Food & migration celebrated in London museum

The story of migration is often confused with urgent, immediate crises that are too framed in political arguments and priorities. But the movement of people, whether across country borders or crossing continents has been witnessed for millenia, and with that flow comes food and drink. The routes of these issues and many more can be […]

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Books & Films, Food & Drink, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Gathering to nourish the beauty of artisanal craft

Food production is the single biggest impact that humans have on nature, says Tristram Stuart, founder of the UK-based Toast Ale and activist for sustainability across the food and drink world. Stuart’s words can be found in a new book, Gather & Nourish, put together by a niche publisher carving a name for itself for […]

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About Me, Food & Drink, italy, United Kingdom, What's Happening, Wine

A feast for the eyes at Pompeii’s Last Supper

When burning hot ash rained down and swirling clouds of toxic gases spewed out of Mount Vesuvius some 2000 years ago, the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were covered and forgotten.  Early last year I was travelling through southern Italy around Naples with a group of university classmates on a study trip visiting pasta makers, […]

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Devon, England, United Kingdom

Time to rethink Grape Britain

Grape Britain may be a catchy quote for a newspaper headline or social media post, but it also suggest an intriguing change in climate, attitude and opportunity for the British, notably English, winegrowers. Longer, warmer summers over the past 20 years have finally seen bottles filled with English, mostly sparkling white wine, winning prizes. English […]

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Books & Films, Citrus Notes, Food & Drink, Recipes, Review, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Tree of Hope Cook Book

A group of west Kent, England chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and artisan food producers have left the white heat of the kitchen and joined with Tonbridge-based charity Tree of Hope to produce ‘The Cook Book’, a tasty collection of lavishly illustrated foodie stories and recipe. Family-focused Tree of Hope latest fundraising initiative is ‘The Cook Book […]

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Food & Drink, Parma, Recipes, Review, Travel & Places, United Kingdom, What's Happening

French cooking with Le Cordon Bleu and Parma ham

Tucked away in a quiet London square close to the British Museum is the UK headquarters of cook school owned by the achingly famous French cooking school Le Cordon Bleu, which aims to teach students the culinary arts and French-style cooking techniques. There’s always something new to learn about cooking and with this in mind […]

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Citrus Notes, Food & Drink, Recipes, Review, Travel & Places, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Bergamot and cucumber combine to refresh gin and summer

When four young friends fresh from a couple of years international travelling as digital nomads settled down in a small town in the south of England they found the UK in the midst of a gin frenzy, with hundreds of new varieties on offer. From hand bottled, small batch offerings such as the citrusy Sacred […]

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Citrus Notes, Devon, England, Food & Drink, Review, Travel & Places, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Salcombe Brewery infuses history with a slice of citrus

Catch the light on the right day and the south Devon, England port of Salcombe could double for a town hugging a coastline in the Caribbean. Vivid blue and green seas, soft yellow sand and wind battered trees leading up to whitewashed houses create an atmosphere of beach life. Indeed, the relationship between south Devon […]

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Citrus Notes, Food & Drink, Recipes, Review, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Mead modernised by Marourde

Taking a generous sip of chilled Marourde craft Blue Label mead, I taste centuries of history and a very modern twist on an ancient brew. Served chilled with a refreshingly smooth feel, this modern mead has none of the sickly sweet flavours of home-brew, but delicate tones of fruit, and floral honey. It’s a palette […]

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Food & Drink, italy, Recipes, Review, Spain, United Kingdom, What's Happening

Picked, crushed and bottled across the Mediterranean

  When two tousled-haired teenage friends drove home with a couple of buckets of olives bought from a Provencal farmers’ market in southern France one day in the early 1990s little did they see how their culinary future would unfold. Always on the look out for new ingredients George Bennell (whose culinary CV includes working […]

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