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Chalky Cellars at Taittinger

Do you know which Champagne was James Bond’s favourite?
Read the next installment from our European food tour to find out!

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22 million. That’s how many bottles of champagne Taittinger have ageing in their cellars at any one time. Unlike wine, all champagne is aged in the bottle it will eventually be sold in. Taittinger produce a variety of bottle sizes

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Sweet cheeses – the Normandy quartet

In my final post from Normandy I visit the home of one of my very favourite foods – Camembert cheese. I was not disappointed!

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Few places I’ve visited have struck me as more insignificant that the tiny village of Camembert in Normandy. Having travelled a considerable distance to visit the birthplace of the iconic cheese, I was incredibly underwhelmed.

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Seafood, Apples & Cheese

The next installment from our European food tour covers the three mainstays of Normandy food products – seafood, apples and cheese. All are among my favourite foods!

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It would appear that life in Normandy revolves, gastronomically speaking, around three key ingredients – seafood, apples and cheese. Thankfully, I’m partial to all three. When we rolled off the ferry into Le Havre we headed straight for the beautiful fishing town of Honfleur, where I’d heard the seafood was fantastic.

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Les Escargots (Snails)

In the next chapter of our food odyssey we reach France and visit a snail farm. It was an interesting afternoon wit a delicious ending!

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I don’t know what I expected a snail farm to look like, but I’m pretty sure this wasn’t it. As we rolled in the gates we could see a small, rustic farmhouse and what looked like a few raised vegetable beds covered with weeds.

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Camel Valley Vineyards

The next installment in our European tour. Still in Cornwall (England), we visit Camel Valley Vineyards and sample their award-winning sparkling wines.

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There are few things in life as luxurious as sipping a glass of sparkling wine on a sunny terrace overlooking a beautiful vineyard and reading a good book. It is an indulgence I have been looking forward to as part of our food odyssey. But we haven’t reached the Champagne region just yet. In fact, we’re not even in France. We’re in the beautiful Camel Valley in sunny Cornwall.

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In search of the perfect fish & chips

The second post from our European Food Tour in 2013 – searching for the perfect fish & chips in Cornwall, England.

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My husband and I are on an ongoing quest to find the world’s best fish and chips. Our favourites include Beshoff’s in Howth, its sister on Mespil Rd. and Sharky’s in Wexford town. We’ve also eaten at the infamous Doyle’s in Sydney’s Watson’s Bay and at The Codfather in Cape Town. Along the road we’ve had some fantastic meals and also had some miserable experiences.

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Sunny Somerset

The first of the posts from our European Tour Revisited. I’ll warn you now that there’s another one tomorrow – I was clearly enthusiastic at the beginning! Things settle down a bit after that, quickly becoming quite sparse. I really hope you enjoy them!

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Is 11am too early to start tasting cider? On a gloriously sunny morning in Sommerset it seems like the logical and sensible thing to do. We plan on doing the cider / Calvados route in Normandy, so I feel it would be good to do some research here, for comparison.

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My Food Odyssey – European Tour Revisited

This day four years ago Arūnas and I set sail from Rosslare Harbour for Pembroke in Wales, ready to begin our odyssey around Europe in search of fine food and drink. We had set aside a few days in Cornwall en route to the mainland, but other than that we had no fixed itinerary – we would just go wherever the road took us for as long as we were enjoying it. Read more

Smoking

“You can’t make everything,” Arūnas tells me when I call him in tears, upset that I’ve damaged the surface of one of my non-stick pans trying to make soap. “But I WANT to!” I cry. “I want real soap and it’s too expensive to buy. Why is it so hard to make?” Read more

Growing Veg 2017/#1 – Getting Started

It all starts with seeds. Sometimes tiny, sometimes large. Put them in some fresh earth. Water them, keep them warm, then watch the magic happen. Read more

NEW! Lithuanian Cookbook Now Available!

I am delighted to announce that my Lithuanian recipes are now available in a handy cookbook. The recipes are explained in detail, with step-by-step photos provided where needed. Each recipe has been thoroughly tested and I have suggested alternatives for some hard-to-find ingredients. If you are new to Lithuanian cooking it is an ideal introduction. The book also contains a number of stunning photographs of the Lithuanian landscape and wildlife. Available in both paperback & Kindle formats from just US$2.99 here. The Kindle version is also available FREE with all paperback purchases! Read more

Solitude

Sometimes you just need to get away on your own, to stare far into the distance, listening to the lapping of water and the chatter of seagulls. I grew up within sight of the sea and I am still drawn to the beach when I need some time alone. Read more

Winter Magic

Winter can be dull and gloomy, especially after the festive lights of Christmas have come down. Days are short and cold. Snow falls, making simple jobs like walking the dog or getting to the shops more difficult. But then the sun comes out. And magic happens… Read more

Ambience

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
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Names

For our honeymoon we went to South Africa. We drove from Cape Town through the beautiful winelands Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to Oudtshoorn, where I sampled ostrich and crocodile for the first time. (Both were delicious!) While in Cape Town we drove south to the Cape of Good Hope. A small funicular brought us to the top of the point, where we found a signpost with distances to various destinations. Here’s a small selection of photos (taken with an old camera, so please excuse the quality), including one with my new name! Read more