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The Bottle Bar and Shop – and a Negroni

The Bottle Bar and Shop came into being in December 2017, thanks to the husband-and-wife team of Xhulio Sina and Natalie John.

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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

‘Cherry ripe, cherry ripe – ripe I cry’ goes the old English song, though evidently it started off life as a poem written in the 17th century by Robert Herrick. And for many of us cherries are a favourite summer fruit – luscious ripe large black-red cherries often from Kent, or else the white cherries […]

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Mainbrace Rum

Rum! For me the very word conjures up images of sun-soaked Caribbean islands, or sailors waiting for their daily ration of rum. But now I have two more images– one is of a pub close to the sea in Cornwall, and the other of an elegant stylish bottle, and inside it a glorious rich amber […]

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The Kings of Ham and Cheese

Ham and cheese are a winning combination. And when the ham is Prosciutto de Parma and the cheese Parmigiano Reggiano the combination is sublime, Mary Curry explains A light lunch of ham and cheese The traffic had been heavy and Andrea was running late, she had popped round with some shopping and had apologised for […]

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Lizi’s Super Muesli

‘Have you burnt something’ asked a young voice from next door’s garden. There was nothing for it, I had to confess, yes I had. I had been making granola, put it in the oven, came upstairs to the computer, and had completely forgotten about the oven until the smell not only reached me but next […]

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Podberry Crunchy Pea Snacks

I have to confess that when a colleague said ‘try some of these freeze dried peas, they’re nice and crunchy’ I was not entirely convinced. Fresh peas, tinned peas, mushy peas, frozen peas I can cope with, and enjoy. But ‘freeze dried’? I am ashamed to say I advanced on the proffered bowl cautiously. The […]