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Cooking for the stars

WHEN you’re a chocolatier tasked with serving up a show- stopping cake for actress Whoopi Goldberg in an unfamiliar kitchen with unfamiliar ingredients, bad things can happen.

Longframlington butcher Chris Green

Independent butchers' meat is a cut above the rest - GALLERY

FOR years the supermarkets have been chipping away at Britain’s once thriving high streets.

Festivals of food return to please the crowds

As the food festival season gets under way, JANE HALL has the details on two North East events promising to tickle the tastebuds in mouth-watering style

Gnocchi with bacon, blue cheese, spring onions & spinach

Greywacke wine taking the world by storm

JANCIS Robinson, the doyenne of wine writers, is rarely wrong. But in a book published in 1986, she wrote: “Sauvignon Blanc looks set to fall out of favour.”

Di Sopra Italian Restaurant, Bondgate Within, Alnwick

Review: Di Sopra, 9-13 Bondgate Within, Alnwick

Di Sopra brings an authentic Italian vibe in a modern setting to the historic town of Alnwick as Richard Neale finds out

G&S Organics share easy recipes to make Mothers’ Day special

FOR organic farmers Lee and Beth Gray their existence is very much a modern-day Good Life.

Lindisfarne Inn and Country Pub in Beal

Review: Lindisfarne Inn, Beal, Berwickshire

WHAT better way to blow away the cobwebs than with a family jaunt to the coast?

Casa Silva's Los Lingues vineyard in the Andean foothills

Classy wines are the fruit of Casa Silva’s study

IT’S thought that the first European vines were planted in Chile in about 1554.

Spring recipes from The Secret Ingredient in Hexham

THE Secret Ingredient still has places available on its next spring cookery demonstration and lunch event.

Chef Simon Walsh, Tony Binks, owner and chef at the Barrasford Arms and Richard Slade, owner of the Battlesteads pub in Wark

The kings of cuisine at Northumberland Restaurant Week

Northumberland Restaurant Week will be a tasty showcase for local food and drink – with more than 40 eateries signed up.

Food at Wynyard Hall

Review: Wellington Restaurant, Wynyard Hall

THE opulent Wellington restaurant at Wynyard Hall country house hotel is a welcome sight for sore eyes any day of the week.

Harvest at Cheval Blanc. Photo by F Poincet

Groundwork vital for good grapes

I’VE been learning more about what makes great wines special, and in particular, one of the world’s most exciting red wines, Château Cheval Blanc.

Street Spice @Life organisers turning up the heat

ORGANISERS of an Asian street food festival are turning up the heat in anticipation of the three-day spicy extravaganza next week.

Special place with special soil

SOME places are special. One of them is Coonawarra. The scenery in this part of South Australia is unremarkable, or more bluntly, in the words of wine writer Anthony Rose, “It’s bleak, windy and flat as a pancake.

Recipe: Lemon posset, poached rhubarb, blood oranges and shortbread

ILOVE rhubarb and custard. Not the funny, wonky cartoon or those chewy pink and yellow sweets, but real rhubarb with proper homemade custard.

Duke of Wellington's new chef learned from best

Chef Gabor Pusztai spent five weeks working at Noma in Copenhagen, rated the best restaurant in the world.

Review: Café Lowrey, Darras Hall

IT had been a busy few months for both a friend and for me at the end of last year, so our usual Christmas night out had been postponed.

Northumberland Sausage Company courses off with a bang

THERE’S a certain sizzle about The Northumberland Sausage Company’s sausage- making courses.

Review: Sachins, Forth Banks, Newcastle

WINTER is back with a vengeance – did it ever really go away?

Surprisingly super Pinot Noirs from Oregon

I HAVE a thing about Pinot Noir. It’s my favourite red wine grape.

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Culture Awards Alumni: The Class of 2007

 

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