Month: February 2009

Winemaker’s Seal

This wine is made by the Gallo Family Vineyards and called California White. It’s made from a blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and despite it being only 11.5% (which usually is too weak for a decent flavour), I enjoyed it...

Flankers’ Tackle

This would’ve been a review of Flankers’ Tackle, but alas ’twas not to be. I was in The Anchor waiting for a friend, and saw a beer I’d not had before: Flankers’ Tackle; I believe it’s from one of the Greene...

Blue Cove

I tried a couple of wines from the same winery: Blue Cove from South Africa, Western Cape. Each wine was 13% and from 2006, and although I enjoyed both wines, the Chenin Blanc was better than the Sauvignon Blanc, probably because...

Lemon lambs’ liver

It was a quick and satisfying supper: I diced a potato and set it off to boil, later adding carrots, broccolli, green beans, and savoy cabbage to the same water. I chopped the liver into approximately half-inch cubes, and put into...

Chocolate fountain

Just in case the guests were not getting enough calories at the pancake party, there was a chocolate fountain.  It took some time to get going, with broken pieces of high cocoa chocolate fed into a tray at the bottom.  Eventually...

Pancake party

I was invited to a pancake party.  We all took along wine and stood or sat while pancakes were made.  In the UK these are usually crepes rather than the small thick pancakes favoured in the US.  The pancake chef was...

Favourite pancakes

On Shrove Tuesday, aka pancake Tuesday, aka Mardi Gras, people use up all their fats before beginning their Lenten fast.  My favourite pancakes are Crepes Suzette.  You make the pancakes from a basic flour, egg and milk batter, keeping them very...

Gin and cranberry

I had gin, but mixers were thin on the ground.  I settled for cranberry juice, or, at least, ‘cranberry juice drink’ which contains all manner of other things, presumably because this is cheaper than squeezing the vitamin-rich pulp of actual berries...

Ham and onion soup

It wasn’t much to look at, so there’s a picture of one of the main ingredients in my soup, a deliciously glazed ham. I started with a large pan of water, to which I added one chicken stock cube and one vegetable...