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how to make the perfect dry martini

How To Make The Perfect Martini Cocktail

“You are my Marilyn. You are my lake full of fishes. You are my sky set, my 'Hollywood in Miniature,' my pink Cadillac, my highway, my Martini, the stage for my...
steak with herbs recipe

The Montepulciano Restaurant Guide

A month or so ago we were travelling through Italy, and we stopped at a lovely villa just outside Montepulciano. The hotel does not provide dinner so we went in...

Simon and Garfunkel Herbed Steak

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme So sang Simon and Garfunkel in 1966 in one of the most memorable and classic songs of its thyme (I'm sorry!) and as I was tra...
Val McDermid with Sue Black at the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Crime Writers’ Soft Herring Roes

What actually are herring roes? Sometimes known as 'melts', soft herring roes are the creamy, rich roes of male herring. 2014 was a bad year for them, and tinn...
seafood risotto recipe

Boca di Sant’Antonio Risotto

A few weeks ago we were staying in Tivoli, and on the advice of a friend we visited Hadrian’s villa. It turned out to be not just a villa but a massive site cov...