Mr Ambassador, you really are spoiling us

The post's title may have given it away, the picture should have, but for those who hadn't...

Otter Bright

Otter Bright, from Devon's Otter Brewery, was a pleasant drnk to enjoy whilst watching yet more Christmas...

Special occassion wines

I'd been saving these for a special occassion: Penfolds Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling 72, and Heidsieck Monopole...

Tiptree tomato sauce

Tiptree's version of ketchup is fantastic. It's thick and tastes of tomatoes, and the vinegar doesn't come...

John Howard Hotel

The John Howard Hotel, just around the corner from the Albert Hall, is a Best Western hotel...

Roast lamb supper

Into an oven (non fan-assisted) at 180C went the half-leg of lamb; 25 minutes per 500g plus...

Quinta de Ervamoir 10 y.o.

We spied a bottle of Ramos Pintos's Quinta de Ervamoir 10 y.o. tawny port in the Chop...

Chili with a difference

This was a good chili con carne, taken from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's meat book. In order to avoid...

Beef stirfry

That beef was really good and, frankly, I wasn't sure how to deal with the leftovers. A...

Home-made mince pies

These mince pies are the first to be made from the mincemeat I mentioned before. As it...

Number 7 Fish Bistro

One doesn't have to go as far as Nice to find fantastic fresh sea food, and I...

Fontera Merlot

Concha y Toro, the Santiago-based vintners, make some rather good wines, and I've enjoyed them from time-to-time...
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