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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Distance Learning WSET Level 2

Distance Learning WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits At Enjoy Discovering Wine we aim to make our courses as accessible as possible for our students to attend.  We try to choose central geographical locations that are easy to get to. Also, we look at which days of the week work best for most […]
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Bonfire Night Wine Pairings

Bonfire Night Wine Pairings. So what food do we have on bonfire night? For those non-UK readers this is a tradition in the UK when we remember Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. This was an attempt by thirteen conspirators to blow up parliament and King James I in 1605 using thirty six barrels of […]

Wine Pairing with Jerk Chicken Kebabs

Whilst my youngest son was still in Primary school one of his topics was the Caribbean. He came home one weekend with a homework task to find and cook a Jamaican recipe of his choice. He knew exactly what he wanted to make – Jerk Chicken. So after a quick google search he came up […]
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Spicy Sausage Ragu Wine Pairing

A warming, hearty autumn meal – Spicy Sausage Ragu Wine Pairing: Pasta is a firm family favourite in my house. I try not to stick to the same pasta recipe’s all the time and I like to find new recipe’s to try out too. That said, one recipe that I prepare that is always popular […]
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Seafood Week

Seafood Week – 7 – 14th October 2016 Following a healthy diet has become a priority now for many people. We are learning more and more about how our diet contributes to our overall health and long term well-being.  With countless websites and TV programmes advising us daily on what we should and should not […]