UK Taste

Whisky Pairing at the Capital Hotel, Knightsbridge

Rebecca Williams | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Williams

I thought I knew a thing or two about Scotch whisky, until I met the UK's youngest Keeper of the Quaich. A Quaich is not a game Harry Potter and his wizarding chums might play, but a two-handled, shallow drinking cup used for the specific purpose of drinking Scotch whisky.

10 Utterly Divine Flavour Combinations

Sian Breslin | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

Don't you love the way a certain ingredient can totally enhance the flavour of another ingredient? Whether it is peanut butter and jam or strawberries and cream, some foods just taste better when served with another. Usually opposites attract; sweet and sour, crunchy and smooth, juicy and chewy, salty and sweet...

Thanksgiving Peanut Butter Pie With Oreo Crust Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I've been to LA. I've been to New York. I've been to Miami, albeit briefly. I have been to San Francisco many, many times. If I were to visit an American pal for Thanksgiving this is what I would take. Though I doubt it'd stay frozen what with the long transatlantic flight.

Wine of the Week: Berry Bros. and Rudd, Reserve Red, France

Tom Cannavan | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

BBR have recently revamped their own label wines and this new Reserve Red made by Jean-Luc Terrier in the Languedoc is an absolute cracker. It is a blend combining Merlot with Grenache and Syrah.

The Beauty of Fine Wine in Your Glass and Bank Account

Peter Shakeshaft | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Shakeshaft

Speculation or investment in the past has been enormously valuable to the market, it has aided price discovery and liquidity, securing certainty and longevity in the market. This all helps the growers to continue to invest in producing improving quality crops and provides the motivation to make "age-worthy" wines.

Thai Curry With a Real Coconut

Colin McQuistan | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Colin McQuistan

So I was down my local Morrison's and my girlfriend saw this little guy and was all like "I totally bet you can't open this" and I was all like BET I CAN! and then she was all like "I totally bet you can't make a decent curry though!" and I was all like BET I etc.

The Viceroy, New York - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

Our last hotel stay in New York was in The Viceroy, which is quite a new hotel which only opened in Manhattan just over a year ago. Situated right near Central Park, it is also close to Carnegie Hall, the Rockefeller Center and the luxurious shops of 5th Avenue.

The Secret of (Cocktail) Innovation

Ryan Cheti | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ryan Cheti

Innovation in any means should be about accessibility and relevance. If you create something that's relevant to your own tastes, you're guaranteed to make something new by virtue of your own unique disposition, and hopefully you'll find a new favourite for you and your friends.

Forever Young Dairy Free Chocolate Cheesecake

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Packed with heart healthy fats, protein, vitamins and metabolism boosters, among other amazing things, the nutrients found in this healthy delight helps to lift skin's radiance. The avocados are a great source of antioxidants, Vitamin C, E and oleic acid which are free radical busting compounds that provide amazing protection for your skin...

Corsican Beef Stew

Linda Duffin | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

I say based, because her recipe is typically vague in a way I found hugely frustrating when I was first learning to cook. While her recipes are excellent, what are you to do if you don't know what she means when she says "cook in a moderate oven until it's done"?

Easy Ginger Cake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

How ready for Christmas are you? I am feeling pretty smug to be honest. I don't want to rub your faces in it, but really I'm almost done. I've ordered everything I need to online. I haven't written the cards yet, but that's not allowed until I crack open the mulled wine, which is only acceptable in the month of December.

How to Set Up Your Own Wine Cellar In Four Easy Steps

Zoe Williams | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Williams

It's Friday night. It's been a long week, and a glass of wine is calling. While you traipse to the shops to buy a bottle of red, or pull a boring bottle from the cupboard, think of the few lucky enough to have a wine cellar in their own home.

Wine of the Week: Purcari Estate, Rara Neagra 2011, Moldova

Tom Cannavan | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

Moldova is one of those 'bubbling' under countries which, since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, has slowly been finding its wine feet. This comes from the Purcari estate, home to the Purcari cellars founded in 1827.

Chicken Pilaf With Pine Nuts and Pistachios

Linda Duffin | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

It's a good weekday supper dish, especially if you've got some cold chicken left over from a roast. If not, just poach, roast or fry some chicken pieces, take the meat off the bone in bite-sized chunks, and get stuck into the recipe.

Easy Lemon, Almond and Blueberry Traybake Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

Now in cake shows past I haven't bothered going into this room. I've always felt like a pretender; a bit of a fool. I had this suspicion the security guards might sling me out by my ear or laugh when I produced my VIP pass.

Halloween Jelly Worms in Dirt Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

I do love Halloween though I have never been trick or treating. It's just not in my British nature to knock on someone's door and give out ultimatums. I'd likely apologise or stutter. But any celebration where there's even a sniff of novelty food up for grabs and I'm there. All over it. Here's an idea if you fancied hosting a Halloween party of your own.

Mike Keen Gets Crabby

Linda Duffin | Posted 24.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

Of all of the dishes he cooked at the festival this was the one I wanted to taste the most, but I turned my back for a minute and it miraculously vanished into thin air. Or someone's tummy. So I asked Mike for the recipe. He made it with his award-winning pickled quails' eggs but you can give fresh eggs a gentle boil instead.

It's O-Fish-Al, Bart van Olphen Joins Food Tube!

Jamie Oliver's Food Tube | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Oliver's Food Tube

Just four months ago, Bart started The Shortest Cookery Show on Earth on instagram. Cramming exciting recipes, shot in striking locations (in the middle of the Wadden Sea, on a house-boat in Amsterdam, on an Alaskan ice-plain, in a fishing boat off the Maldives) into just 15-seconds - we're not squidding!

National Curry Week

Shelina Permalloo | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shelina Permalloo

It's national curry week and I thought I'd make my own unique curry that I could share with you. It was 2 years ago that I won MasterChef with my Mauritian Mutton Curry and who would've thought that something that was a family classic would win a culinary TV show like MasterChef.

Wine of the Week: Ca'Rossa, Barbera d'Alba 2013, Italy

Tom Cannavan | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

Piedmont in the north west of Italy is home to some of Italy, and the world's, greatest wines. The fame perhaps rests with Barolo and Barbaresco, but insiders know that from smaller appellations there is fantastic quality to be found from the right producers.

Fig, Orange Blossom and Almond Tart

Shelina Permalloo | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Shelina Permalloo

I thought I'd have a go at making an easy Crème Pat without the stress. I've figured it out and it works so well. This recipe I made at the weekend for the family and it is full of lovely middle eastern flavouring such as orange blossom, almonds and figs.

Quince Jelly and Membrillo

Linda Duffin | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

I know the food historian Ivan Day carved his own but my woodworking skills are rudimentary at best. I'm investigating the possibilities of getting one made but on the other hand, unglamorous plastic pots store well in the fridge. Although in theory you can keep quince paste, once dried out, wrapped in greaseproof paper I prefer to play if safe and refrigerate it.

Friday Food Off - Banoffee Pie vs Chocolate Hazelnut Kisses

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

In this week's Friday Food Off, Olivia and I put our sweet tooth to the test. My sweet canapé is an all-time favourite, the Banoffee pie. My recipe uses budget ingredients and it's quick and simple to make. Unless your guests are bananaphobes, you're onto a winner.

Roasted Tomato Soup with Olive Croutons

Linda Duffin | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

Roasting tomatoes really brings out their flavour and sweetness and although these ingredients came from our Suffolk garden, the soup is packed full of Mediterranean flavours, a last burst of summer.

Wine of the Week: Stobi Winery, Vranec 2011, Macedonia

Tom Cannavan | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

And now for something completely different? Here's a rich red wine that comes from the former Yugolsavian state's best vineyard area, Tikves. It's made from the indigenous Vranec grape, and the nose has lovely lift and elegance even, with Morello cherry red fruit, a touch of spice and a little chocolatey smoothness and polish.