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Look who lives in a house like this

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Look who lives in a house like this

Further to my blog of a couple of months ago “Did the Best House Win” (http://bit.ly/hsFliE), you can now see my Zen house featured in June 2011 edition of Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms.  Forgive some of the pretentious sounding quotes that have been attributed to me, you know how it is – you do a telephone interview with a journalist and you end up sounding like David Gest. That said, the photos are nice and the excellent photographer responsible – David Still – is keen to come over to Mallorca to do a feature on “Alchemy” so watch this space. Click [Read More]

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Raymond Blanc – the man behind the myth

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Raymond Blanc – the man behind the myth

As Anglofiles go, few are more passionate or committed than the inimitable Raymond Blanc.  Well, I say inimitable, in actuality it’s all too easy to do a more than passable impersonation of his heavily accented English – just think Rene off ‘Allo ‘Allo. That said, he has been a real force for good in the English food industry and has been pivotal in helping spread the foody revolution over the last couple of decades.  I saw him recently on BBC TV’s Kitchen Secrets and he was extolling the virtues of one of his – and mine – favourite patisseries in [Read More]

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Revenge of the rosbifs

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Revenge of the rosbifs

In his splendidly titled new book “1000 years of annoying the French”, author Stephen Clarke recounts a whole host of little known facts.  Amongst them, if it weren’t for the English, Champagne would be flat.  The 17th Century vintner–monk Dom Perignon was trying to eradicate the un-planned fizz, when he learnt that bubbles were all the range in London and changed his tune.  It’s a piece of history the French have erased, as is the fact that British troops taught them how to cook steak – by pointing out that you can’t properly brown meat whilst it’s wet. My advice, [Read More]

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Meals on wheels

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Meals on wheels

Chefs? I’ve known a few.  A few thousand actually.  They’ve been described as either “mad, bad or sad” and whilst I can think of many for each of those categories I’ve also known some lovely ones too.  However, which of the above categories you’d place chef Peter Wallner in – I’ll leave you to decide. He admitted manslaughter at the Old Bailey recently having kept his dead wife’s body in a freezer for over three years – before disposing of it in a wheelie bin.  Let’s be thankful that outlandish occurrences like that almost never occur hear in Lancashire. Did [Read More]

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New trophy cabinet required

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New trophy cabinet required

Another of my favourite places also happens to be owned by one of my favourite people, the hugely convivial Paul Askew of the incomparable London Carriage Works, on Hope Street in Liverpool. He was fated recently with yet another gong at the North West Hospitality Awards in Manchester and, over the years, I can think of few restaurants that have garnered such an abundance of accolades.  This latest one was for his recently extended boutique hotel, Hope Street, which is a tour de force of cutting edge design, married to Paul’s always exacting high standards. He has been one of [Read More]

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