Category Archives: Food and drink

Food For Free

The Elder bushes are in full flower at the moment. I keep meaning to get out there and pick some Elderflowers for making fritters and perhaps have a go at making Elderflower cordial (something I haven’t tasted for nigh on … Continue reading

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International Wine Challenge

I see that the results of the International Wine Challenge for 2007 have been announced. I must see if I can find some of the wines locally. Depressingly enough, the search facility on the IWC web site assures me that just … Continue reading

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The What?

No comment. Somehow Easter eggs seem a trifle more innocent.

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Not Yer Meat And Two Veg…

Rufus, over at That’s How It Happened, shares with us his experience of a 26 course meal at L’Enclume. Frankly, it’s all a bit beyond me.   (hat tip to Jason Kottke for the link)

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Flowering Teas

Chinese Flowering Teas look intriguing. I must keep an eye out for them, but I doubt that my local Coop stocks them.   (hat tip to Gastronomy Domine for the link)

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Cheddarvision

As a restful alternative to the shenanigans of The Apprentice, you might want to try Cheddarvision…

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It’s Alive…

I remember the days when I had a live yoghurt culture lurking in the kitchen. That was bad enough, but I don’t think I would have let a Kombucha loose in the house; ever.

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Donut Robot 42

One of the things that used to fascinate me as a small child was watching a doughnut-making machine go through its paces. It was in a local shop, and I would stand for long periods just marvelling at the mechanism … Continue reading

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist is the title of an article about Grant Achatz, chef at the Chicago restaurant Alinea. Trouble is, when I see a title like that, part of me thinks "yup, another charlatan designing the Emperor’s new clothes". I think … Continue reading

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Domestic Science

Yet another cookery series started on BBC TV last night. This one is a bit different from the usual run of the mill, though. It is Heston Blumenthal demonstrating his method of cooking. Last night he did bangers and mash, … Continue reading

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On A Stick?

There are clearly places on the planet where the notion of civilised food simply hasn’t set foot.

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The Wine Cellar

One thing that we do not have here in our new farmhouse home is a cellar. And that’s a pity, since it would be useful to have a nice cool cellar in order to store our wine. We’ve toyed with getting … Continue reading

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Not Such A Good Idea

Well, doubtless the restaurant’s owner thought that the name and theme were brilliant at the time. However, one can see why he might have come to a different conclusion after a period of reflection…

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Mmmm, Yummy…

…well, perhaps not to everyone’s taste, and I don’t think I’ll be putting it on the menu anytime soon…   (hat tip to the ever-dependable Museum of Hoaxes – though I should just point out that I don’t think that … Continue reading

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The Pear Tree

The pear tree in the garden is laden down with fruit. We don’t know what variety of pear it is, but we know that we can cook them. We’ve already had some poached in red wine, cooked by the mother of … Continue reading

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A Hairy Tale of Soy Sauce

The Museum of Hoaxes adds some more background to the true tale of Soy Sauce made from human hair.   I’m intrigued to see that the original paper (published in the online Internet Journal of Toxicology) is by Alexander Tse-Yan … Continue reading

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Cultured Meat

Cultured Meat – also known as in vitro meat – is animal flesh that has never been part of a complete living animal. Some scientists are experimenting with growing meat in this way as a food source. Apparently, now that … Continue reading

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Count Me Out…

This is probably one dinner date that I won’t be wanting to go on. Don’t forget to go to the loo before you sit down for dinner…   Update: BLDBLOG has the video.   Just don’t drop your fork, OK?

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Market Forces

European wine, notably from French and Italian vineyards is being turned into fuel and disinfectant because of competition from the New World. I have to say that I rarely buy a French wine these days. If I buy from Europe, … Continue reading

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Anthony Bourdain

Attention, Mike, over at Coffee Corner; there’s a great interview with Anthony Bourdain in today’s Observer that I think you’l enjoy.   And for the rest of you, if you haven’t yet read Kitchen Confidential, you don’t know what you’re … Continue reading

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