Let’s make gin! – Helen’s blog on our Winchester Distillery gin experience

Gin experience at Winchester Distillery For those of you who are gin lovers you may have already tried Twisted Nose Gin, a gin produced at Winchester Distillery using locally grown watercress and other secret botanicals. For anyone who has yet to try this spectacular gin then a visit to Winchester Distillery for a gin experience is […]
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Taste in wine—let’s get personal!

Taste in wine—personal preferences This weekend was a stark reminder of how absolutely personal wine is to people. My husband and I visited two friends and between the four of us we could not have been more varied in our wine tastes. Taste in wine—fruity but dry One of our friends likes really fruity whites, […]

The Naughty Piglets – creative and delicious

My dear friends Tina and Michael have been trying to get me to The Naughty Piglets Restaurant in Brixton for a very long time, but it is tricky to get there from Hamble. So when they opened their second venue in Victoria, The Other Naughty Piglet, we managed to meet up. And I was so […]
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JSW Michelin Star – tasting menu

Tasting menu @ JSW Petersfield This was my third visit to JSW and I always opt for the tasting menu because it is great fun exploring one of my fascinations, food and wine pairing. The owner is Michelin star chef Jake Saul Watkins and there are options of six- or eight-course tasting menus. You can […]
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The Portsmouth Seafood Festival

Portsmouth Seafood Festival – NEW! The weekend of 24 and 25 June 2017 welcomed a new Seafood Festival to Portsmouth, hosted at Gunwharf Quays. I popped along to see what it was all about, they promised “a family event celebrating and promoting Portsmouth’s historic links with the sea and seafishing” and I believe they achieved that, it […]
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BYO wine pairing – MasterChef challenge

MasterChef winner I am very lucky that we have a wonderful BYO wine restaurant in Southampton Lakaz Maman. The name translates as ‘Mum’s House’ and the owner, Shelina Permalloo, was the winner of the BBC MasterChef in 2012. I have been a few times but went for lunch with two dear ‘foodie’ friends Tina and […]
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Salmon Risotto Wine Pairing

Salmon Risotto Wine Pairing. I love salmon in almost every way that it’s been prepared and cooked, but I sometimes get stuck in a cooking rut. You know when you just seem to prepare the same tried and tested recipes every week. After a while, it can get a bit boring. So I was delighted […]
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Chinese New Year 2017

On 28 January, Chinese all over the world will say goodbye to the Year of the Monkey and welcome in the Year of the Rooster. Chinese families traditionally have dinner together on New Year’s Eve and all the dishes have positive and auspicious meanings. Prawns, fish, green vegetables and black moss (a type of fungus […]
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Turkey Leftovers Wine Pairing

Turkey Leftovers Wine Pairing – Turkey and Tarragon Cobbler If you are looking for a new way to use up your turkey leftovers this Festive season, then look no further. This creamy turkey and tarragon cobbler is delicious, simple to make and a great alternative to a pie. It’s also easy to prepare in advance […]
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Sparkling Wine – not just for Christmas

Last week I have had the pleasure of helping to host a Northern Italian wine tasting which included some Prosecco. Our host explained the differences between DOC, DOCG, Rive, and Cartizze, so much to learn! And last month at the Wine Festival Winchester there were a whole host of delicious English wines to taste. These […]
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