A Brief history of Clementines Clementines are often confused with tangerines, what with their small size, and orange color – it’s an easy mistake. But they’re actually a cross between Seville Oranges and Tangerines. They were first introduced by Père Clément (hence Clementine) in 1902, […]
Nadia Gordon’s Napa Valley wine mysteries take the cozy to a level of sophistication not often found. The protagonist is Sunny McCoskey, a smart, savvy accomplished chef who owns Wildside, a small, gourmet cafe in the heart of California’s wine country. There are four novels […]
East Side Sushi recently appeared on my television’s On Demand menu and although it was released in 2014 winning multiple awards, I’d never heard of it. I guess this is the beauty of the On Demand, Netflix, Amazon etc era – all kinds of TV and movie discoveries that you previously missed.
East Side Sushi is a feel good movie without the sap.
Massimo Bottura’s Table
In 2012 two earthquakes hit the Emilia-Romagna region that caused wide-spread damage. This is the land of Parmigiano-Reggiano, and where the medieval Italian village of Modena sits. It’s also where famed chef Massimo Bottura and his three-star Michelin restaurant Osteria Francescana reside.
A busy kitchen, a country hotel…Whites Whites centers around the bustling kitchen of a grand country estate turned boutique hotel in the English countryside. The hotel’s star chef, Roland White, a once driven and brilliant man about kitchen, now spends most of his time dreaming […]
Mysteries set in the French Countryside
Food and Wine Mysteries…
Love wine? Love food? Love a peaceful, yet deadly, small village in France? Then pack your magnifying glass, corkscrew, and baguette and head off to your favorite traveling armchair for a series of Food and Wine Mysteries.
Father Brown is a BBC television mystery series based on books by GK Chesterton, starring Mark Williams. It’s the 1950s, it’s in the English countryside, and it’s all about a progressive, mystery-solving Cathlic priest named Father Brown and his circle of parishioners, staff, and friends. […]
Magical Scotland Walking through an enchanted Scottish wood, such as this one in the Highlands, there are stories to be imagined. Medieval and magical themes come easily to mind, and the feeling of ‘other worldliness’ pervades. I took this photo on my trip through Great […]
Evil Under the Sun, starring Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg, Roddy McDowall, James Mason, Sylvia Miles, Denis Quilley and Jane Birkin is the 1982 big-screen film version of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel.
Mystery, Romantic Intrigue, Murder…Evil Under the Sun
A missing jewel, an island in the Adriatic, and handful of characters who one by one we come to find have a motive to murder the unlucky victim of this Agatha Christie mystery.
James Bond Breakfast according to Ian Fleming… “Then there were two thick slices of wholewheat toast, a large pat of deep yellow Jersey butter and three squat glass jars containing Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ strawberry jam…” – Ian Fleming on James Bond Breakfast Tiptree ‘Little Scarlet’ […]
The Perfect French Omelette according to Julia To go straight to Julia Child’s French Omelette recipe, proceed to end of post. If you’re of a certain age you may have watched Julia Child’s first television show, The French Chef when it originally aired back on […]
National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook Review, along with a recipe for Devon Scones
From historic houses to castles, forests, mills, pubs, parks and ancient monuments, the National Trust works to preserves Great Britain’s heritage. As it happens they also put out cookbooks, quite a few of them judging from the list I found on Amazon. However, I was doing a search for English country cooking, and I came across their book entitled, The National Trust Farmhouse Cookbook.
It’s not a recent publication, but it is still available, and I would encourage you to seek it out. Especially those interested in both British dishes and the history behind them.