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No 5 Bridge Street parmesan gnocchi

Revisit: No 5 Bridge Street Winchester

I do love Winchester as a city. Compact, historic, quaint and with just about everything you could need (including a fantastic tea shop) all in one place. At the bottom of the main high street there's

Smoky Chipotle Tomato Soup - with tomato bread

Smoky Chipotle Tomato Soup

I made some enchiladas a few weeks ago and added one chipotle chilli for four people. You couldn’t taste it at all; there was a little bit of smoky flavour but no chilli heat; it wasn’t the end of the

Urbangrains Hamper Giveaway prize

Urbangrains Hamper Giveaway

You know when you go on holiday you can try some food or ingredients that are so wonderful and you just know you won't be able to find the same thing when you get back home. If you're lucky, you can

New snacks for Spring group

New snacks for Spring

It's time to put the jumpers away and dust off the summer clothes. Almost, it's still pretty cold in the mornings! I find this time of year is when I start to try more new things, especially in the

Wild Garlic and Crispy Fried Salami Potato Salad

Wild Garlic and Crispy Fried Salami Potato Salad

Meals that are made from a few simple ingredients are invariably some of my favourite dishes of all. A quick scramble around the cupboards and fridge pulling ingredients and ideas together always

Olive and Fontina Baked Courgettes close up with antipasti

Olive and Fontina Baked Courgettes

A couple of courgettes turned up in the veg box this week. Although the days have been warm, borderline hot, recently the evenings are still cold reminding me that it’s firmly still spring. I’m

Layered Ragu and Aubergine Pasta Bake close up

Layered Ragu and Aubergine Pasta Bake

I think I’m part Italian. More likely, I like to think I’m part Italian. The reason for this recent realisation is that Italian food is the food I crave the most; when I’m looking for inspiration I

The Ferry Cookham roast beef

The Ferry Cookham

I hadn’t been to Cookham before having Sunday lunch at The Ferry a few weeks ago. In Berkshire and nestled alongside the Thames it’s a lovely village for a walk around, a nose in a few of the

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Earl Grey Gin Cocktail

Earl Grey Gin Cocktail

I like tea and I like gin. I particularly like earl grey and gin based cocktails so I thought it was about time that I got creative with my cocktail shaker and tried these two tastes together. Not for my own benefit of course, all in the name of experimenting. Whenever I make a cocktail I am always amazed at how the slight slip of a hand can affect the end taste of the drink; too sweet, too acidic, too much alcohol. Then again, you can add a bit more of this and a bit less of that depending on your tastes. You will need (per drink): 1 heaped tsp earl grey loose leaf tea 125ml water 20g sugar 50ml gin Juice 1 lemon Make a strong earl grey by adding the loose leaf tea to … [Read More...]