Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate, Sonoma

Last October, I had the pleasure of visiting the Kendall-Jackson wine estate and gardens in Fulton, Sonoma. Their oaked chardonnays are really good but you cannot easily find them here in the UK. The estate is located just off Highway 101 but feels more like the French countryside. The path from the car park to

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Roast sausages with smoked paprika and caramelised onions

Damn, these Heck sausages are good, and these! We really are spoilt for choice these days when it comes to good quality sausages in supermarkets. I always roast mine for an hour with plenty of smoked paprika and my favourite spice mix (Schwartz Spicy Italian) on a bed of onions. The onions caramelise and can be

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Clear beetroot soup

There are many different recipes for beetroot soup: thick or thin, with or without cream. I like mine clear, like a consommé, with plenty of dill, lemon juice and black pepper. If I’m using young beets, I add the tender leaves to the soup towards the end of the cooking time. It tastes great on

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Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society

What better place to find the perfect roses for our new garden than the Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society near St Albans, Hertfordshire? This year, the gardens are celebrating their 50th anniversary and entrance tickets (£6 per person) are valid until the 28th of July 2013. The gardens feature over

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Tuna and tomato salad on toasted ciabatta

Finally, summer has arrived! It’s been so hot, we’ve only had cold suppers for the past few days. This salad is light and refreshing but substantial enough for dinner. Tuna and tomato salad on toasted ciabatta   Print recipe Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins   Serves: 2 Ingredients For the salad 2

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Chicken with fennel seeds and smoked paprika

Chicken with fennel seeds and smoked paprika is a staple mid-week supper in my house. I serve it with potato wedges and tzatziki or slice it and put on top of green leaf salad. Even though the marinade is quite thick,  the chicken is moist with plenty of jus in the pan. You can add

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Summer fruit crumble

Summer fruit crumble   Print recipe Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 40 mins   Serves: 4 Ingredients For the filling 750g mixed summer fruit – I used raspberries, blackberries and strawberries 4 small or 3 medium apples (I used Cox) 1tbsp golden caster sugar Juice of half a lemon (optional)

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Roast new potatoes with rosemary and garlic

Roast new potatoes with rosemary and garlic   Print recipe Prep time 5 mins Cook time 45 mins Total time 50 mins   Ingredients New potatos, scrubbed and dried 4-6 garlic cloves, smashed with the blade of a knife and finely chopped A handful of rosemary leaves, finely chopped A little vegetable oil Instructions Warm

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Chilli con carne

I prefer to use chunks of braising steak to mince – it looks better and gives you something to chew on. Just make sure to brown the meat well first – this is very important – the deeper the colour, the better the flavour. It takes around two hours to cook, so I always make sure

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Flower therapy

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