Vegetarian Haggis – It’s not so Offal

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Vegetarian Haggis, Neeps and Tatties

Vegetarian Haggis – It’s not so Offal Vegetarian Haggis? A contradiction in terms. Hold on, not so fast. In the early 1990s, while staying in the Bruntsfield area of Edinburgh, we happened by chance on Macsween’s butcher’s shop. It was there that the late John Macsween built his reputation as a premier Haggis maker. On entering, we discovered his Vegetarian …

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Porchetta – an Italian Food Classic

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Porchetta Van at Greve-in-Chianti

Porchetta – an Italian Food Classic One of the joys of cuisine in Italy is finding mobile food vans selling hot Porchetta, especially on weekends and national holidays. I recommend that wherever you stay in Italy, ask if there’s a van visiting nearby. This might be at a market or village celebration. Sometimes the regular vans are pitched on the side …

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Craft Vinegar from Orkney – Time for an Acid Trip

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Orkney Craft Vinegar

Craft Vinegar from Orkney – Time for an Acid Trip The renewed appreciation of vinegar is a welcome food trend. It advocates using speciality vinegar, in cooking, as a condiment or even in cocktails. So many food trends turn out to be the briefest of over-hyped fads replete with dubious celebrity endorsements and dietary benefits. However, the rise of artisan …

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Lockdown Linguine – a recipe for social distancing

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Lockdown Linguine

Lockdown Linguine – a recipe for social distancing Lockdown Linguine is a delicious, simple pasta recipe, which also happens to be brilliant with a bottle of white wine, and it only takes 10-15 minutes to make. It’s Italian-style, though I don’t know if there’s an Italian name for it.  Here it’s called Lockdown Linguine, as much for the alliteration as anything. …

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Tuscan Salad: Insalata di Fegatini di Pollo

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San Gimignano Anteprima, Tuscan Vernaccia white wine

Tuscan Salad: Insalata di Fegatini di Pollo Here’s a simple Tuscan salad recipe that’s cheap, quick and easy. I first tried it in a restaurant in San Gimignano while attending their Anteprima, where the new Vernaccia wines are previewed and judged. However, it’s also available in many UK Italian restaurants. While the English translation is Warm Chicken Liver Salad, that simply …

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Hix Oyster and Fish House – in Memoriam

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Hix Oyster and Fish House, Lyme Regis

Hix Oyster and Fish House – In Memoriam Over a decade ago, one of the many highlights of walking part of the magnificent South West Coastal Path was a stop-off in Lyme Regis and a chance to dine at the Hix Oyster and Fish House, a high-end restaurant established by Mark Hix in 2008. In short, it was both a …

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Brown Sauce – exploring a piquant cultural icon

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Brown Sauce Icons

Brown Sauce – exploring a piquant cultural icon Brown Sauce. Huh? It’s ubiquitous here in the UK, often forgotten about until that crucial moment you automatically reach for it and find it’s not there. Panic ensues while you search the kitchen cupboard. Or there’s the slightly embarrassing feeling if you need to ask for it when eating out, so revealing …

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Dosage Zero, Champagne Paillard with Crofton Cheese

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Champagne Bruno Paillard Dosage Zero

Dosage Zero, Champagne Paillard with Crofton Cheese Dosage Zero is a specialist Champagne from Bruno Paillard. I’ve written about this Champagne House previously, so rather than repeat myself, see here for my piece on what Champagne Bruno Paillard is all about. In style, the wines from this Champagne House are usually Extra-Brut, with minimal residual sugar, designed to let the land …

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FICO Eataly World. From Farm to Fork in Bologna

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FICO Italy World

FICO Eataly World. From Farm to Fork in Bologna. FICO Eataly World opened in Bologna in November 2017. Though I was in Bologna exploring the nearby Colli Bolognesi wine region, unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to visit it. Instead, I vowed to come back and, nearly a year on, I did. I went twice. This special place is all …

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British Pullman, the high life from another age

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British Pullman

British Pullman, the high life from another age The Venice Simplon Orient Express may be one of the world’s most famous trains, thanks in no small measure to Agatha Christie. However, you can share in some of that magic and mystery with a range of special trains operated in Britain by Belmond British Pullman. An indulgent dinner while travelling by …

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