Category Archives: Wines

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Oz and Hugh drink to Christmas Good Food TV Sun 9 Dec 2012

Oz Clarke and Hugh Dennis set us up for Christmas with Oz and Hugh drink to Christmas. Sunday 9 December 2012 at 9.00 pm Good Food.

This programme was first broadcast in 2009 on BBC2. (Oz and Hugh drink to Christmas).

In the repeat of this pre Christmas warm up, our wine expert Oz Clarke and well known  actor and comedian Hugh Dennis meet in a challenge to sample every Christmas tipple past and present.

A valiant effort where the two try to uncover each drink’s true credentials – from whisky and winter ales in the Scottish Highlands, to mulled wine in the birthplace of Dickens, wassail in the West Country and sloe gin in Wiltshire, as well as port, sherry and snowballs. They explore the weird and wonderful customs that surround each drink – and expose some as complete festive fakes. Once they have enjoyed their jolly, Oz and Hugh take their mobile bar to the streets of London to find out which drink deserves to be named Britain’s first official Christmas tipple.

Yes great crack and remember to have fun, but careful with the measures.

Observer Food Monthly November 2012 Nigel Slater Christmas edition

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in Observer Food Monthly November 2012 with Nigel Slater

The art of baking has never been so popular and in this edition of Observer Food Monthly we have a Christmas Bake Off with Mary Berry challenging Paul Hollywood.

OFM Christmas

Also in this edition:

Nigel Slater’s Christmas recipes:

The new cookbook by Nigel Slater is The Kitchen Diaries II, click to read reviews and book information. To see the best offers for the Nigel’s new cookbook, Kitchen Diaries II offers for new books and for used copies used copies of Kitchen Diaries II.

His new TV series is Dish of the Day:

Flour Power: with Mary and Paul:

  • Mary Berry’s buche de Noel
  • Paul Hollywood’s Christmas buns
  • Mary Berry’s Classic Christmas cake
  • Paul Hollywood’s panettone
  • Paul’s mince pies

Claude Bosi’s Christmas:

  • Rye flour and meatball soup
  • Christmas turkey
  • Pigs in blankets
  • Christmas pudding and brandy butter
  • Ham with honey and mustard
  • Bubble and squeak
  • Chicken and leek pie
  • Orange sherry trifle

Christmas Taste Test:

  • Charcuterie with Florence Knight
  • Cheese with Michel Roux Jr
  • Trimmings with Richard Corrigan
  • Drinks with Sandia Chang

Recent Great British Bake Off series 3:

Paul Hollwood is a baker and celebrity chef, he has been head baker at a number of five star hotels around the UK. He now provides artisan products to the main UK speciality stores. Paul has a book on baking the new how to Bake cook book by Paul Hollywood.

Link to Amazon to see the new book and reviews:  Great British Bake Off: How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets (Great British Bake Off TV Tie in).

Mary Berry is a widely respected and long serving UK cookery writer and broadcaster with a total of over 40 cook books to her name, more details on Mary Berry’s cook books.

TV Series:

The Great British Bake Off Series Three final, and the previous 9 episodes- here:

Browse recipes from Series One and Series Two of the great British bake off.

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