All posts filed under: Christmas

My Top 5’s of 2015!

I started this blog at the end of February this year and I never expected it to take off in the way that it fortunately has. It was a bit of an experiment, really. But I’ve ended up spending every free moment I have on it, and I’ve loved every second of it. I’ve published over 200 posts this year (and would have done more if I had the time!), writing about a wide variety of restaurants and foodie products and experiences. I thought I’d put together some of my favourites. This proved to be pretty hard to do, as there were so many incredible places and items to choose from. But I managed to narrow it down to the following: Top 5 Restaurants Tonic and Remedy I really was blown away by this restaurant. I was expecting good things, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the huge range of flavours and techniques used in the dishes here, all at very reasonable prices. And their Bloody Mary still remains my favourite! 2. Fera at Claridges …

An ‘Around The World’ Cheeseboard with Davidstow

I’m a cheese fanatic. Any regular readers will know this. Given the choice, I could quite easily live on the stuff. I’ve never encountered a cheese I didn’t like and I’m always on the lookout for new brands and types to try. The latest of these was Davidstow who challenged me to create my dream cheeseboard. Well, where to begin with that, considering my dream cheeseboard would be more of a castle, with different levels and rooms?! I had to control myself (for the sake of both my bank account and waistline!), so I went for an ‘around the world’ theme, featuring the following: UK: Davidstow 3 Year Special Reserve Vintage cheddar France: Camembert Spain: Manchego Italy: Mozzarella Greece: Feta I know most cheese connoisseurs will pair cheeses that complement each other, or are perhaps from the same country. However I like the idea of experiencing a range of flavours and textures, from the thickness of the manchego to the softness of the mozzarella, and the richness of the cheddar to the creaminess of the …

A Christmas Mood Board with Roberson Wine

I’d been thinking about doing a Christmas Mood Board or Gift Guide for a while – I kept seeing so many amazing foodie gifts both online and in the shops, so when Roberson Wine asked if I’d be interested in putting one together with them, I couldn’t resist. The question was more where to begin! First of all, I’ll tell you a bit more about Roberson Wine. The business was established by Cliff Roberson back in 1991 with a shop on Kensington High Street, and now operates online with an award winning website, offering hundreds of high quality wines from around the world. They also ship worldwide, with no minimum order. You can find out more on their website here. So my first item on the Christmas Mood Board has to be a bottle of champers from the Roberson ‘Champagne Revolutionaries’ section. Christmas morning wouldn’t be quite right in our household without a bottle of bubbly, so I’d pick the Orizeaux Extra Brut 2010 Chartogne-Taillet (£64), 100% Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1955. What I …

Amaretto & Meringue Eggnog with Waitrose Cellar

Have you ever tried eggnog? The thought of drinking raw egg might seem a bit hideous to some of you, but after being challenged to try out an eggnog recipe by Waitrose Cellar, I can confirm, it’s pretty amazing! As a teenager in Cyprus, my friends and I used to drink Snowball cocktails over Christmas (advocaat and lemonade), but I’d never tried eggnog on it’s own. Here are some things you might not know about this unusual drink… · Eggnog is made from a mix of cream, sugar, eggs, an alcoholic spirit and spice (the alcohol and spice you add is up to you) · It originated in East Anglia, UK and not the USA which is a common misconception as it only travelled there in the 18th Century · Christmas Eve is National Eggnog Day · The ‘nog’ bit of Eggnog is taken from the middle English word ‘noggin’ – a small carved wooden mug traditionally used to serve the drink · People all around the world create their own versions of this pudding …

My Dream Hamper from Basco Fine Foods

I have found my ultimate hamper. It contains meat, cheese and wine. What more could you possibly want? I was recently introduced to Basco Fine Foods. Although based in the UK, the company was founded by Javier De La Hormaza in 2012, who spent over a year travelling around Spain, visiting hundreds of local producers and tasting their produce with a view to import the finest foods Spain has to offer to us Brits. And they’re based in Yorkshire, which makes me happy, being a Yorkshire girl myself! The range of products really is amazing. They kindly sent me their Spanish Food Hamper, containing the following: Montanegra Iberico Ham: widely recognised as the best Spanish ham due to the diet of grass and acorns that the black Iberian pigs are fed on which results in a tender, deep red and delicious ham, rich and nutty in flavour. Montanegra Iberico Chorizo: a premium chorizo sausage made from selected cuts from the Iberian pig blended carefully with garlic, salt and smoked paprika for an incredibly rich, yet soft sausage …