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Mulled Wine A La France

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What is a good recipe for a cold day?

First it is important NOT to boil the wine.

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Munchin’ madness

If there’s something that will always get the blood boiling down in the South West it’s the way to make a cornish pasty.

Should it have carrot? Must you use skirt beef? Where’s the swede?

Watch this video bah!) http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-make-a-cornish-pasty

This video tries to put a line under the How to Make a Cornish Pasty Debate. Unfortuately the inaccuracies fuel the fire of argument – well I mean use lamb mince…??? I think they mixed Shepherds Pie with the gorgeous pasty.

There’s a campaign brewing down Cornwall way to encourage Top Restaurants to include Cornish Pasties on their munch menus

Better still – Watch this

Coffee – Where to go for a good brew.

I had an e-mail recently notifying me that a site I had visited earlier in the year – http://trustedplaces.com  had been revamped and released for all to enjoy. I’d also heard on the radio about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event later this month so I thought I’d check out if there were any hot places to grab a great brew and support charity at the same time.

Who’d have thought twenty years ago that Britain would be swept by the coffee fever we see today.  Its as though the coffee shop has replaced the good old British Boozer for a place to hang out and meet friends – it wasn’t that long ago I overheard a tough looking South London builder say “yeah – they do a reeaally nice late there”

Anyhoos – a search revealed amost 400 coffee shops in London to choose from and amongst the dreary high street chains were some real treats – independent outlets, quirky themed shops.

To help decide where to go for my fundraising brew I found the user reviews and tag clouds proved particulary helpful – in that I wanted to go with a group of friends with young children.  Type in key words “young children” and results are narrowed by this phrase – bingo we get to check out the places – web addresses and phone numbers to make sure we can all fit in buggies and all – Job DONE

The record breaking World Biggest Coffee Morning is set to exceed all expectations this year.  I came across this event whilst checking the Count Me in Calender Coffee Morning page sponsored by the Coffee Machines Guide – a site that aims to list all upcoming charity fundraising events. The event is an excellent fundraiser for Macmillan 

Coffee Time!

Now some fellow Englishmen might accuse me of being a traitor but I do love a lovely cup of freshly brewed coffee to jump start me in the morning.Morphy Richards Roma Coffee Maker

As a student I opted for a budget cafetiere or French Press coffee maker – but found the coffee cooled too quickly. Boo to Bodum.

Then I found the stove top 3 chamber espresso makers which delivered a potent brew however I had a few near misses with the top heavy boiling coffee pots.

Now I’m an internet celebrity I feel its only right to treat myself to the Creme de la Creme of Coffee makers.

Crikey and internet search reveals there are simple heaps of brands and models to choose from.

I found a visit to the Coffee Machine Guide well worth while. it clearly explained the different types of coffee – what is espresso and cappuccino, how the machines work, hints about things to consider before choosing a coffee machine and a selection of recommended online shops to buy from. I especially liked the Check Price function which compares the current price of your selection so you are sure to get the best deal.

Want to know what I went for?

Top Banana Choice Morphy Richards 47505 Roma Pump Espresso Cappuccino Maker.

Shlurptastic.

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