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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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Feast Your Eyes . . . On Mince Pies

Mincemeat, that quintessentially English pie filling consisting of chopped, spiced fruits flavoured with sherry, brandy and to be honest any other booze you may have lying around! Widely popular in the UK, it is traditionally served as pies around Christmas … Continue reading

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The Art Of Feathering

These images and recipes come from the booklet shown opposite which dates back to somewhere about the late fifties. Despite being a promotional tool for Stork margarine it nevertheless contains some interesting insights into what would then have been basic … Continue reading

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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

The name is a bit of a jaw-cracker but Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin was probably the first food critic. Born in the town of Belley, where the Rhône River separates France from Savoy to a family of lawyers, he studied law, … Continue reading

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Lady Maclean – The Lady Writer

Celebrity Cooks come in many guises, but Lady Veronica Maclean was something of an enigma, a one off. In the archive I came across a book entitled ‘Lady Maclean’s Diplomatic Dishes’ , dated 1975, and began to look into it. … Continue reading

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The Haggis : Variations On A Theme

Burns Night is once more upon us and that most revered of Scottish foods, the haggis, that jewel in the crown of the Scottish kitchen, once more comes to the fore. It will take centre stage at many a traditional … Continue reading

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The Danish Experience

Denmark is a country in Scandinavia, somewhat southwest of Sweden and south of Norway with northern Germany as its southern border made famous by its ubiquitous pastries. The United Kingdom of Denmark shares strong cultural and linguistic links with its … Continue reading

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The Polish Experience

Polish cuisine has been crafted over the centuries by an influx of merchants from Madrid, Paris, Genoa and Florence, to name but a few. Influences from the cuisines of surrounding countries have helped Poland to develop its own distinctive cuisine. … Continue reading

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The Pakistani Experience

Since the middle of the 20th century the curry has spread throughout the world, influencing the taste of many countries, moving ever further from its humble colloquial origins to become an increasingly popular international fusion cuisine. Following on from India … Continue reading

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The Italian Experience

Italian cuisine, developed through centuries of social and political change, has its roots as far back as the 4th century. It is heavily influenced by Etruscan, ancient Greek, ancient Roman, Byzantine, and Jewish cusine. With the discovery of the New … Continue reading

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