Loire wine and food matching with Fiona Beckett

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It is a fact universally acknowledged that the pairing of food and wine has generated more column inches of staggering pomposity, and ignited more heated debate than almost any other vinous topic on earth. As Sid Goldstein says in The Wine Lover’s Cookbook: “The pairing of food and wine is a complex and highly inexact science. […]

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An Autumn feast with Uyen Luu

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Photo courtesy and © of Leisure Most people fret about having half a dozen of their friends round for dinner.  Whether the house is tidy enough; whether they have sufficient knives and forks and plates for everyone; and of course, what to cook.  So when somebody is brave enough to invite two dozen strangers round to dinner […]

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Saturday Snapshots #301

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Coops Shot Tower, Melbourne – Australia, October 2014

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Review: Flying Singapore Airlines Business Class

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Anybody who has flown long haul flight will be familiar with the glamour of modern airline travel. The mad dash to and through the airport, only to arrive at your assigned gate where there is seating for about 15 of the 150 passengers on your plane, and no toilets in sight.  Arriving at your seat on the […]

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The Balcon and Patrick Laroche’s vegetable sculptures

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There are many things that I wanted to say when I was greeted at the door of the Sofitel St James by a shiny, six foot tall asparagus spear with a shiny purple top.  Most of them are obviously not to be repeated on a family blog, but anyone that knows me can use their imagination! And […]

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Kousa mahshi (Lebanese stuffed courgettes)

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This delicious dish of mince and rice-stuffed courgettes is served throughout the Middle East – and it’s gluten and dairy free!

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Saturday Snapshots #300

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Melbourne street art – Australia, October 2014

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