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Christmas Day Lunch

In drink, food, Food and Drink on December 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Check out my last post for The Wine Place…

Lots of great tips for the best roast potatoes and wine too match your turkey feast!

Read my blog here





Christmas Breakfast with Bubbles

In Cooking, drink, food, Food and Drink on December 7, 2012 at 11:51 am

This week The Wine Place asked me to take a look at a wonderful English fizz,Brightwell Sparkling Chardonnay, and very delicious it was too.

I decided to pair it up with a scrumptious breakfast treat, classic Eggs Benedict.

Check out the combination hereeggsb

Christmas Canapes, Wild Mushroom Arancini

In drink, food, Food and Drink on November 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

In part three of The Wine Place’s Christmas drinks and nibbles series we look at party canapes and wine matches.

Check out these delicious wild mushroom arancini that are bound to get your party started…here

Christmas Pudding and Ginger Stout, Stir Up Sunday

In Baking, Cakes, Cooking, drink, food, Food and Drink on November 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm









Stir Up Sunday

It’s the second of my recipe blog’s for the Wine Place in Wokingham. This week we’ve been looking at matching beer to your very own home made Christmas Pudding. This weekend it’s Stir Up Sunday and if you’ve never made your own Christmas pudding, now’s your chance.

Take a look at the blog and recipe here


Christmas English Bubbles and Cheesy Gougeres…

In drink, food, Food and Drink on November 15, 2012 at 11:05 am

With the Christmas festivities just around the corner I’ve been looking into what party nibbles go best with a local English wine, Binfield Brut for The Wine Place.

Check out my recipe for Gruyere Gougeres….

Wrap up warm with a hot chocolate…

In drink on September 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm

My latest Wokingham Times blog sees me trotting out to the local forest for adventures amid the pine trees and a hot chocolate to celebrate the arrival of autumn…

Read it here















Hurry Up It’s Sloe Time!

In drink, Food and Drink on September 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm











Sloe Gin

Yes it’s sloe time and a sure sign that autumn is upon us and what better way to treasure the season than to lay down the foundations for a truly delicious drink to be enjoyed over the festive period….sloe gin.

It’s deep garnet colour when fully developed is about as rich and inviting as a drink can get when the evenings turn cold and the fire (or in our case, the central heating is on).

Take a look in the hedgerows for these deep purple hard berries with small green leaves (check before you pick!), be quick as these unassuming little fellas won’t be around for long.

There is something very satisfying about making sloe gin, although the results cannot be enjoyed for a number of months to come this is a quick recipe that really does help to mark the seasons.

So here’s how to make your own lusciously lethal liquor!


750 ml gin

450g sloes

350g caster sugar


Wash your sloes and place in the freezer over night, this will save you the hassle of pricking each little berry. The freezing process breaks the skin a little which will release the colours into the gin over time.

Split your sloes into two different bottles or jars (I used one gin bottle and one kilner) sprinkle over the sugar, add half the gin to each and shake to help dissolve the sugar.

Place in a dark room turning occasionally to redispurse the sugar. Be patient this will be good come Christmas but even better in the spring.


Aaah for Artichokes

In Cooking, drink, food, Food and Drink on July 4, 2012 at 10:58 am


Artichokes with melted butter and lemon

Summer veg is here to stay, well at least for a little while!  So I dived in with one of my favourites the globe artichoke. Don’t be put off by its rather unapproachable facade, pop this beauty in a large pan of boiling water and in under half an hour you have yourself a great starter or light supper. Served with a little melted butter, lemon juice and a glass of something cold preferably white, a Gavi di Gavi perhaps and I guarantee you’ll smile!

Serves 2

2 globe artichokes

75 g butter melted mixed with juice of 1 lemon

Sea salt

Fresh cracked pepper


Find a pan large enough to fit the 2 artichokes in, fill with water and bring to the boil. Place the artichokes in the pan, making sure that the water covers them. Boil for 20-30 minutes depending on size. When you pull one of the leaves they should come away easily.

Once cooked, drain and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Melt the butter and add the juice of the lemon to taste together with the pepper and salt.

Serve with the artichoke, wine too and enjoy!


Euro 2012 Cheers!

In drink, Food and Drink on June 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm










Czech Flag

It’s Wino Wednesday and even though I am not the world’s greatest football fan I am following the tournament with unusual interest on this occasion!

Although it’s England all the way this drink pays homage to the Czechs who play tomorrow against Portugal.

It’s a tasty little shot that at first is a little harsh on the tongue before being washed away by the blue curacao and finishes on the sweet watermelon liqueur.

It’s a balancing act to get the colours of the flag right and takes a bit of practice but it’s well worth the effort and looks great.

Take your shot glass, pour a little watermelon liqueur at the base of your glass then gently pour over the back of a teaspoon the blue curacao followed by the vodka to represent the white of the flag.

Marvel at your handiwork and then…down the hatch!

Jubilee Cheers!

In drink, Food and Drink on June 1, 2012 at 11:23 am










Binfield Brut

In honour of the Queen’s Jubilee it is definitely time to think about celebrating and what better way than with a true English fizz, this one is from just down the road from where I live.

Read all about it here in my new blog for Get Wokingham

I discovered this little gem was being made locally and in the same way as Champagne but without the price tag!

Here are a few more photos of my local English vineyard about to bloom..










The vine here is Reichesteiner…