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gimlet cocktail recipe

The Gracious Gimlet

“PETER (abruptly). I feel it’s time for a drink. Can I get you one?DORIS. Thank you, Mr Kyle. I’ll have a gin and lime. There’s the bell by the door.” Flar...
empanadillas recipe

Empanadillas

It's World Tapas Day today, so here we have a classic Spanish tapa which can be endlessly adapted with different fillings. You can freeze them, and you can rehe...
omelette Arnold Bennett recipe

Omelette Arnold Bennett

“Good taste is better than bad taste, but bad taste is better than no taste.” Arnold Bennett  Is ‘ready-made’ a dirty word? Well, it may not be very ...
Gerald Wilde, The Clown, 1975, Pastel and gouache on paper, 119 x 81cm, courtesy October Gallery, London

Circus Pork Pie

“My life may be miserable but I am not.” Gerald Wilde There’s a delightful exhibition on currently at the October Gallery in Old Gloucester Street, London. I’...
Provencal tian recipe

A Tremendous Tian

"Carpentreas is also renowned for its tians; large, shallow-sided elliptical stoneware dishes, and the vegetables of all kinds that are baked in them. Sliced po...
Richard III Wensleydale cheese

Richard III Wensleydale Cheese

2015 has been Richard III’s year – or at least his best year yet since his death: so before the year comes to a close we should include a post on a remarkable c...