The English law that says a man’s home is his castle is now even more relevant as the UK descends into further restrictions, locking us up in our homes. Luckily, I was able to take a couple of side trips to real castles, that were for many centuries homes as well.
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This Remembrance Day, as we remember the fallen and salute those men and women who have served and continue to serve their country during times of war, conflict and peace, I honour my Uncle, who celebrated his 100th birthday on July 31, 2020, and served with distinction in World War II.
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We all know that pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Another of their amazing and popular dishes is eggplant parmesan, and although their claim to its creation is not quite so certain, the Neapolitan version is a tasty dish indeed.
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Domaine de Tara is magnificently situated at the foot of the picturesque ochre hillside village of Roussillon-en-Provence in the heart of the Lubéron Regional Natural Reserve in Provence, France. It faces the Monts de Vaucluse, Mont Ventoux and the precariously perched hilltop village of Gordes. This is truly spectacular countryside. But our wine scribe Jim Walker didn’t select this winery because of the views. It was for its wine, of course.
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Gentleman’s Portion: The Cookbook is now available online with more than 90 mostly vegetarian recipes.
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Wherever I go travelling, if my chosen coffee shop serves carrot cake, you can be sure I’ll return. With it’s delicious lemon tangy topping, this moist cake is irresistible.
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Nigel launches the third video in his Gentleman’s Portion cooking demo series, better and shorter than the last one. Continue reading “Episode 3: Baked white fish”
Not surprisingly, rice features in a lot of Portugal’s cuisine. They’re also partial to monkfish. Together they make a delicious version of what the Spanish call paella and the Italians call risotto. Continue reading “PORTUGAL’S SECOND FAVOURITE DISH”
You can rest assured that no matter where his travels take him, our wine scribe Jim Walker will make plenty of time to visit the top wineries in the area (assuming there are any). But perhaps the most unique of them all was the one that he and his young family called on many years ago. That winery’s claim to fame? At the time their red wine was the most expensive vin du table in the world!
Continue reading “A VINEYARD IN A LUNAR-LIKE LANDSCAPE”
One of my favourite farmers’ markets has reopened and I’m off to forage for wild mushrooms, a safer option than trying to avoid poisonous toadstools, snakes, ivy and oak in Ontario’s woodlands.
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