Staring At Beer

The only way to prove a small point to myself, it seemed, was to spend several weeks staring at a bottle of beer. It was not unbroken staring, you understand; indeed, there may only have been a few sly stares per week, but it was always the same beer. I had a suspicion that it … Continue reading

No Frills Chicken Curry

“One pot and it’s dinnertime, two pots and it’s Christmas!”     You will need… Vegetable oil Eight chicken thighs Three medium onions At least half a bulb of garlic One red chilli, finely chopped, with seeds left in. Turmeric  (mainly to enrich the colour) One tablespoon and one teaspoon of cumin seeds Half a … Continue reading

Vino Ignobile?

Towards the east of Tuscany you will find a DOCG called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. DOCG, or Demoninazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, is as high a designation of quality as Italian wine law permits, and has been granted to only eleven areas in Tuscany. The deep and complex red wine which the region produces … Continue reading