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Making marmalade at Menton’s Maison Herbin

Holding a giant wooden spoon Nicole Bineau stirs huge copper pots full of simmering, boiling fruit in the back of a shop that welcomes the curious cook. A passionate jam maker, Nicole works in the kitchen at the back of her family shop Maison Herbin, in the southern French town of Menton. She works behind […]

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Citrus Notes, Food & Drink, France, italy, Review, Travel & Places, What's Happening

Pasta Limone, family and the Menton Lemon

Pasta making is a family affair in Italy. Secret recipes, sauces, fillings for raviolis are passed down from nonnas (much loved grandmothers) to future generations of home cooks. And for one Italian family in one of the busiest shops in Menton, France this is happening right now. The star of the show is a deliciously […]

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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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UK restaurants celebrate France

On Thursday 19 March, 20 restaurants around the UK will join over 1,300 chefs from all five continents for a worldwide celebration of French food and drink. Goût de France/Good France is a global initiative supported by the French Foreign Ministry and three-Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. The event showcases a cuisine that is dynamic, outward-looking […]

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Brit food producers look for China export boost

China is buying tea grown in Cornwall and tea blended in Harrogate as the rise of the country’s middle class buys into premium food and drink brands produced in the UK. Spotting this opportunity, Liz Truss, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has just returned from a visit […]

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Chef Rosemary brings Californian prune sweetness to the table

Celebrity chef and star of such TV classics as ‘Ladette to Lady’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity …’, Rosemary Shrager loves prunes. She is especially fond of those nurtured in the soft, laid back warmth of southern California. That’s obvious after a group of foodies, writers and bloggers spent a few hours with her at the […]

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Food at British service stations ripe for improvement

Families looking for tasty, good value while travelling up and down British motorway are being taken for a ride, according to motorists group the RAC. I agree. Such travellers are a captive audience and desire and deserve a better deal when they break their journey whether having a comfort break, recharging with a capucino or […]

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