Four Hotels and a Mistral! Where to stay in the South of France

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Four Hotels and a Mistral! Where to stay in the South of France A much used quote is….“It is better to travel well than to arrive”.….well, that may indeed be the case for many journeys, but not when you arrive at some of the hotels I stayed in when I was in Provence, Ardeche, Gard… 

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Foraging and Cooking with Les Aventurières du Goût in Provence

Les Aventurières du Goût

Foraging and Cooking with Les Aventurières du Goût in Provence The drive was long and hot, but as we travelled higher up the mountain road with steep gullies and ravines to one side, the light sharpened and the colours diffused into a myriad of blues, purples, greys and greens; it was our second day in Provence,… 

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Magical Midsummer: Elderflower, Rose and Strawberry Sorbet

Elderflower, Rose and Strawberry Sorbet

Magical Midsummer: Elderflower, Rose and Strawberry Sorbet Midsummer – also called…….. Summer Solstice, Adonia, St. John’s Feast Day, Jāņi, Liða, Midsommar, Ivan Kupala Day, Juhannus, Mittumaari, Alban Hefin, Gŵyl Ganol yr Haf, Sankthans, Jaanipäev, Keskikesä, Rasos Midsummer is only two days away now, a mystical and magic time of the year with long days and… 

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Bruschetta to Roast Beef! Cooking with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens, London

Bruschetta to Roast Beef! Cooking with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens, London

Bruschetta to Roast Beef! Cooking with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens, London A couple of weeks ago I was invited to one of my favourite kind of events, a cook-a-long with a reputable brand and a celebrity chef! Panasonic invited me to attend an Ideas Kitchen cookery class with Rachel Allen at Cactus Kitchens (of… 

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Fine Dining, Gin, Wine and Cookery Classes on P & O Britannia’s Maiden Voyage

P and O Cruises Britannia Gin in Crow's Nest Bar

Fine Dining, Gin, Wine and Cookery Classes on P & O Britannia’s Maiden Voyage As we drove into the port of Cadiz, I saw a sleek and elegant ship glimmering in the spring sun; fully dressed in her “Union Jack” livery and with two distinctive Royal blue funnels, she beckoned me with the prospect of… 

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Avignon, South of France with Cheese, Wine, Apples, Nocturnal Picnics & Fine Food

Tasting menu by Bruno d'Angélis

Avignon, South of France with Cheese, Wine, Apples, Nocturnal Picnics & Fine Food Part Two: Where our Food Comes From….. Picture the scene….. a warm autumn day with scudding white clouds in the sky, a posse of food lovers, cheeses of all shapes and sizes, glasses of wine, tempting terrines, crisp, pink apples, vineyards, châteaux and… 

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My Singapore Fling! Cocktails in the Sky & Street Food on the Ground: A Photo Diary

Singapore Slings at the Long Bar Raffles Hotel

My Singapore Fling! Cocktails in the Sky & Street Food on the Ground: A Photo Diary Welcome to my first “Singapore Fling” post, a photo diary teaser to whet your appetite, and dazzle your senses……a veritable treasure trove of fine dining and cocktails, spice and champagne, flowers and fruit, museums and massages as well as… 

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Icebergs, Cod & Beer: A Postcard from Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada

Pan-fried fresh Newfoundland Halibut with Gnocchi and Roasted Vegetables in a Seafood Sauce

Icebergs, Cod & Beer: A Postcard from Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada Dreams are made of this……. Bite-sized Chunks of my Culinary Adventures in Newfoundland: Part One – The Dream & Journey Begins After a comfortable flight from Heathrow en-route to St John’s, Newfoundland, our Air Canada pilot announced that we would be making our approach to land… 

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A Photo Diary from Newfoundland: Chocolate, Buns & Cod Tongues…..

Lobster Benedict with Breakfast Potatoes

A Photo Diary from Newfoundland: Chocolate, Buns & Cod Tongues….. Hello from St John’s in Newfoundland – as regular Lavender and Lovage readers will know, I am here for a week courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission and  the Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism board; I landed here just over a day ago and I have already had the most… 

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Atlantic Canada Eats: Newfoundland & Beyond with Recipes that Jumped the Pond!

Atlantic Canada Eats: Newfoundland & Beyond with Recipes that Jumped the Pond!

Atlantic Canada Eats: Newfoundland & Beyond with Recipes that Jumped the Pond! This time next week I will be in Newfoundland (Canada) with Lori Butler (The Island Chef) taking a tasting tour through her pantry as well as cooking alongside her and visiting some local foodie emporiums and local artisans! I will be the guest… 

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