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Make Your Own English Country Wine

A glass of home-made Country wine is a tradition of old English hospitality that stretches back centuries. Forget grapes! Despite being universally accepted as the most reliable fruit for winemaking, grapes do not fare well in England. Therefore the juices … Continue reading

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The Origins of English Wine

During their occupation the Romans introduced wine making to England, even trying to grow grapes as far north as Lincolnshire. And winemaking continued at least down to the time of the Normans with over 40 vineyards in England mentioned in … Continue reading

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The Origins Of European Wine

The majority of the images on these pages come from a volume on wine published in the late sixties, early seventies in the ‘Cordon Bleu’ series on general cookery themes. I have also located in recent months a volume on … Continue reading

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A Brief History Of Wine

Wine, that panacea of the world’s woes, is in fact, older than recorded history. The earliest evidence for the cultivation of grapes and the fermentation of their juices dates back to 6,000 B.C. The Egyptians recorded the harvest of grapes … Continue reading

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Take Ripe Quinces . . .

The Quince is a fruit of ancient origin. The Roman cookbook of Apicius, a collection of Roman cookery recipes compiled in the late 4th or early 5th century AD gives recipes for stewing quince with honey and leek. Historically, marmalade … Continue reading

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Radio – The Original ‘Wireless’ Device

Given the choice between television or radio I would favour radio any day of the week. I grew up with the classic comedy series such as the Goons, Tony Hancock, Round the Horne, The Navy Lark and I’m Sorry I’ll … Continue reading

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Please Mr Postman

Before e-mail, before text, before the smartphone, (see below) the posting of a letter represented state-of-the-art communication. The Royal Mail can trace its history back to 1516, when Henry VIII established a “Master of the Posts” a position that was … Continue reading

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The Cheese & Wine Party

Cheese-making is a truly ancient art. No-one really knows who made the first cheese but according to ancient legend, it was made accidentally by an Arabian merchant. Before setting out on a day’s trek across the desert he put his … Continue reading

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The Curiosity Of August 2014

August is the eighth month of the year (between July and September) in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars and one of seven months with a length of 31 days. In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equivalent of … Continue reading

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Marie-Antoine Carême, ‘King of Chefs, Chef of Kings’

Marie-Antoine (Antonin) Carême, is often considered as one of the first internationally renowned celebrity chefs. To my mind there are two main contenders for the title of ‘King of Chefs, Chef of Kings’ and he is to be the first. … Continue reading

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