Food and Drink

Chocolate delights

So who does not love chocolate? It is one of those magical things – in small doses of course. My step-father used to swear by Cadbury’s, something my French mother never really understood. So convinced was she that French or Belgian chocolate was vastly superior, a few years ago she …

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Too hot to handle

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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The Return of Rosé

With the better weather on its way, surely it is time to crack open a summer favourite. Paul Howard discusses Rosé… Though Rosé is a wine style that has been made for centuries, it was seen as irredeemably naff by past generations of wine drinkers. Only in this decade did …

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Matching food with wine

Vincent Gasnier discusses wine and foot matching… When it comes to matching wine with food, there are no rights and wrongs, just opinions and suggestions. Many of the old ‘rules’ are being eroded by the spread of world cuisine and fusion cooking. And wine styles, too, are evolving: big, oaky …

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Champagne Styles

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Thoroughly intriguing chocolate from a local chocolatier

Everyone loves chocolate don’t they? Whether it’s as a ‘thank you for inviting me’ gift, a present for a special person – or just sheer self-indulgence. But there’s chocolate and there’s very special chocolate, and the handcrafted chocolate produced in rural Sussex by Noble & Stace Chocolatiers is simply mouth-wateringly …

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The Story of Port

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Wines for the Festive Season

In advance of the three VantagePoint Wine Festivals next year, we are revisiting some of our past wine articles. Tickets to one or all of the Wine Festivals, taking place in Farnham in April, Guildford in May and Dorking in September. Tickets are on sale now at www.vantagepointevents.co.uk and make great Christmas …

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Spiced Hot Chocolate

This is a magical recipe for a rich, silky, creamy, smooth, luxurious and enchanting hot chocolate treat! The combination of spices and raw cacao create a truly heartwarming drink that is a staple drink during the cold winter months. Ingredients: 60g of arriba nacional or other high-grade, sustainably sourced raw …

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Making wine very special

In a continuing series promoting our great local businesses, Phil Kemp visits three independent wine merchants in the area Over thirty million British people regularly drink wine so it’s perhaps not surprising that even a quick visit to a supermarket will reveal shelves stacked high with wine, and a quick …

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Kathy’s Pecan & Pumpkin Tart

Every year at Secretts they grow a range of different varieties of squash and pumpkin which are prized for their use in all sorts of culinary preparations. They also grow a field of pumpkins for their famous tractors rides to pick a pumpkin too. These are mostly used for carving …

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Nicola’s Spicy Pumpkin Cake

Every year at Secretts they grow a range of different varieties of squash and pumpkin which are prized for their use in all sorts of culinary preparations. They also grow a field of pumpkins for their famous tractors rides to pick a pumpkin too. These are mostly used for carving …

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Dawn’s Asian Style Pumpkin Soup

Every year at Secretts they grow a range of different varieties of squash and pumpkin which are prized for their use in all sorts of culinary preparations. They also grow a field of pumpkins for their famous tractors rides to pick a pumpkin too. These are mostly used for carving …

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Roast Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkins are not just good for sweet recipes or soups. They can be used in chillis, curries, stews, quiches, pasta bakes and much more. Try spicy oven baked pumpkin chips or add cubes to oven roasted vegetables to accompany your next roast. Roast Pumpkin Hummus Chop 250g of pumpkin and …

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A day of fizz and fun in the Surrey Hills

There’s nothing quite like a glass of something sparkling to make an occasion feel special. As a former professional hot air balloon pilot, I have been used to opening a bottle of Champagne after every passenger flight as part of the ballooning experience. Words and pictures by Dani Maimone. It is …

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