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Wine: On Expertise (again)

Perhaps a journalist out there can tell me: does each publication have a list on the wall of tried and trusted non-stories that can be dusted off and reliably ventilated whenever it’s a slow news day?  You know the stuff: … Continue reading

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On so-called “heirloom” vegetables

The closest thing we have to an heirloom in the Tilley family is a pocket watch that has passed from generation to generation on my father’s side.  I’m not sure how I would feel if it I stood to inherit … Continue reading

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Recipe: Hot Cross Buns with Chocolate Chips

Having now moved to the East End from Soho, it’s going to be out of the question for me to wake up on Good Friday morning, saunter down to Princi and buy some of the tastiest hot cross buns in … Continue reading

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News: Study shows Emperor actually wearing clothes

The recent study Wine Expertise Predicts Taste Phenotype has concluded that wine experts taste differently to the rest of us (or the rest of you, depending on how much credit you want to extend to me).  That is to put … Continue reading

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Recipe: Black pudding pasties

I had a bit of a light bulb moment the other day.  I was flipping through Niki Segnit’s fabulous Flavour Thesaurus, reading how the author delights in the combination of black pudding and onion, which she claimed works well in … Continue reading

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In which I weigh in on the whole “natural wine” thing

For a wine to be good, it is neither necessary nor sufficient that it be a so-called “natural wine”.  That is the twitter-length version of this post and if you get it, you may stop reading.  I invite you to … Continue reading

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Recipe: Plaice with samphire pancake and sorrel sauce

Brighton Aquarium has a 70 year old turtle called Lulu in residence.  I’d like to think she was named after the singer rather than the prostitute who gets murdered by Jack the Ripper in Alban Berg’s eponymous opera.  She’s overweight … Continue reading

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