Porto tónico | How to make the perfect white port cocktail

Porto tónico | How to make the perfect white port cocktail

Sitting with a view out to sea and a Porto tónico in hand, I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face as it sets low in the sky. This is the first time I’ve come across this refreshing white port cocktail and it’s wonderful. At €6, I’m...
How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

How to make the perfect Christmas pudding

As I stir the Christmas pudding mix, I make a wish, as do each of us in turn. We are gathered in the stunning Jacobean Hall of a former medieval coaching inn now a luxury hotel, The Spread Eagle in Midhurst, West Sussex. It’s the Sunday before Advent Sunday and...
Wild blackberry smoothie recipe

Wild blackberry smoothie recipe

I love foraging for blackberries on late summer, and early autumn walks. Berries make fabulous healthy smoothies as they contain less sugar than other fruits and are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. I have to admit though this healthy smoothie recipe tastes even...
Easy octopus salad recipe from the island of Rodrigues

Easy octopus salad recipe from the island of Rodrigues

In a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, the little island of Rodrigues lies in a shallow lagoon created by the coral reef that completely surrounds it. Seafood is plentiful, including Octopus cyanea, which hides in the nooks of the reef and rocks in the turquoise...
Spicy chicken ‘pepe’ soup recipe from West Africa

Spicy chicken ‘pepe’ soup recipe from West Africa

This traditional spicy chicken soup from The Gambia, a small country in West Africa, is known as a cure-all and, amongst other things, is said to cure the common cold. The Gambians like their food spicy so be warned, pepe soup packs quite a punch! I’ve...
Autumn Pumpkin Risotto Recipe from Gennaro Contaldo

Autumn Pumpkin Risotto Recipe from Gennaro Contaldo

One of my favourite cuisines to both cook and eat has to be Italian and I’ll take any chance I can get to learn from the experts. I recently picked up some great tips for cooking the perfect risotto from celebrity chef Gennaro Contaldo. Both...
A taste of Japan – an easy miso soup recipe

A taste of Japan – an easy miso soup recipe

I love getting parcels through the post, whether it is something I’ve ordered, a product I’ve been asked to review or in this case a box of ingredients from Japan with the challenge to do some cooking. Inside I found all these goodies…...
Baobab smoothie recipe

Baobab smoothie recipe

While on my travels in The Gambia and Senegal I’ve often heard from the locals of the many uses and benefits of the fruit of the baobab tree, a vitamin, fibre, and antioxidant-rich superfood. Here’s my recipe for a delicious and nutritious baobab smoothie....

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