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Rum ‘n’ Reason at Harrods

Spatula in chocolate at William Curley

With London Cocktail Week and Chocolate Week running at the same time, 11-17th October was pretty hectic. For me, there was one event that really helped to pull the week together – Rum ‘n’ Reason at Harrods Wine Shop – an evening of chocolates and rums. I was given a glass and tasting sheets before…

Ron Zacapa Dinner at Langham, London, with Lorena Vasquez

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Menu from a dinner, with Master Distiller Lorena Vasquez of Ron Zacapa, in The Postillion at The Landau of The Langham Hotel for London Cocktail Week: Orkney hand dived scallops with tandorri spices, carrot purée and lobster jus Ron Zacapa infused with lemon grass and fresh coriander shaken with coconut water, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugarcane honey, all…

Truffle making with William Curley

Lucy at work at William Curley

Dark chocolate truffles are the only kind of confectionery that I find absolutely irresistible. I like that they offer all the taste of dark chocolate without the bitter after taste. I love the way they release a burst of rich chocolate intensity before gently melting away on your tongue, always leaving just enough flavour to…

‘Kitchen garden companion’ by Stephanie Alexander

Kitchen garden companion by Stephanie Alexander

If a book could be wholesome, this book would be it. The Kitchen Garden Companion isn’t a cookbook or a gardening bible but rather a journey from the garden to the kitchen. At a sizeable 752 pages, it’s certainly a comprehensive introduction to growing your own and cooking with homegrown ingredients. Stephanie Alexander started out as a…