Category: Paul

Scotch eggs

The Hairy Bakers made ‘scotch eggs’ the other day. They explained that the origin of the name has nothing to do with Scotland, but from the verb, meaning ‘to cut’. That’s certainly something I’d never known before. They cook their egg for five minutes, then plunge it in icy...

The Lower Buck

Well, it’s that time of year again – I’ve gone up to t’North to spend some time at the family seat. Before meeting them, however, I stopped off on the way to join some ex-Sixth-Form friends from my mathematics group. We always enjoy seeing each other again, and it’s...

Mango for breakfast

Shopping at Tesco the other day, I noticed in passing a good deal on mangoes – two for £1.50. They were, according to the packet, already ripe, which was definitely a good thing, as I quite fancied the idea of eating one then and there. However, I did wait...

Stormhoek silliness

I recently enjoyed a bottle of Stormhoek Sauvignon Blanc from 2009. (The website seems to be some sort of blog – not particularly useful for information about a specific wine.) It was 12% – less strong than previous years. It’s from the West Cape in South Africa (not my...

Banrock Station Reserve

It’s another good Australian sparkler, which is made mostly from Chardonnay, but with a noticeable quantity of Pinot Noir, too. It’s the ‘reserve’ version, and 12%. For the sake of the lower price, it is, of course, non-vintage. The main experience that I get from the wine is a...

Lime and soda, with a twist

Back when I wasn’t drinking for a few months, I often enjoyed a pint of lime cordial with soda water. The price varied massively from place to place, as documented in previous posts. However, whilst drinking, a very low-calorie and similar drink is made by simply adding vodka to...

Liver of lamb

On my way back from university the other day, I was walking through one of the main shopping districts of Cambridge, near The Grafton (which used to be called ‘The Grafton Centre’ but was modernised, I presume). I walked past a butcher, looking longingly at the meat in the...

A paradox

I found a wine that appears to be without a year and without a grape. It leaves me wondering quite how they made it! It’s from South Africa and called First Cape ‘Cape White’. It’s 12.5% and pretty floral on the nose. The body is smooth, but not delicate;...

Surprise!

I was lucky enough to (embarrassingly as I stepped over the threshold) literally stumble over a wine tasting when I dropped into a friend’s place the other day. There was really quite a surprising range for an amateur affair, but they did the good thing: had Bath Oliver biscuits...

A great gift

It was a bottle of Ocean’s Edge Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand. The year was 2008, so not quite as young as I like it, but nonetheless very punchy in all the right ways. Gooseberry on the nose, zesty limes on the body and a lasting acidic...