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mother's day breakfasts

Round up of Mother’s Day breakfasts

It’s Mother’s Day today…and we’re celebrating it here with the above beautiful addition, just a couple of days old. Many treat their mum to breakfast in bed ...
all about Espelette pepper

All about the exceptional Espelette pepper

Today, 19 March, is St Joseph’s day, and in the Espelette area of the French Basque country they are likely to be busy. The local farmers will have carefully se...
recipe for black velvet cake

An alcoholic Irish cake for Maisie

It's St Patrick's Day today.... so something Irish I created this cake from the basic recipe for Black Velvet cake – a dark Guinness and chocolate cake toppe...
peach melba recipe

Operatic Peach Melba

The Duke of Orléans gave a dinner at The Savoy for the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba, in the early 1890s. Melba was singing in Wagner’s opera, Lohengrin. In ...
How to make a Gibson cocktail

The Gibson Cocktail

“But the typical American cocktails, such as the dry martini and the even drier Gibson, have probably done more to set both sex and gastronomy back than anythin...
How to make a vodka martini

On Auden’s Vodka Martini

“‘Martini-time, time to draw the curtains and Choose a composer we should like to hear from” WH Auden, from Symmetries and Asymmetries   And onto t...