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Steeped in Rebellious Spirits

Alchemist and drinks genius Ruth Ball has written a thrilling history of people and events surrounding the intoxicating world of spirits. Her book, Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain, is a treasure trove for the curious drinker. From the gin dispensed from a cat’s paw at the Puss and Mew shop, which […]

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Recipes, Travel & Places, What's Happening

Cornish oysters from the Helford

As ancient woodlands bordering the Helford River in Cornwall, England turn red, so oyster enthusiasts can take a fun seasonal river trip to discover a two thousand year history of their favourite mollusc. The Romans famously shucked oysters at Port Navas on the site where the Duchy Oyster Farm harvests and supplies demand from oyster […]

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Food & Drink, What's Happening

Chocolate flavours from a Cornish alchemist

Michael Longman has been making artisan bean-to-bar chocolate for three years in Cornwall after learning his craft as a pastry chef. Before starting his company Chocolarder, Michael began experimenting happily in my own kitchen, “making small batches from raw beans and getting intimate with the processes of roasting, grinding and alchemizing to produce fine chocolate […]

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